What is Seniors for Seniors?
Seniors for Seniors is a joint effort between High Tech High and Senior Community Centers that aims to connect two groups that are often very isolated from each other – senior citizens and high school seniors. We feel that students have a great deal to learn from our communities aging population and hope that this project will open a conduit for learning and experience.
What did students do for this project?
Students will be visiting the Senior Wellness Center throughout their semester and will partner with a senior for the duration of the project. In addition to social activities, general volunteering, and educational activities, students will be responsible for the following:
- Interviewing their senior partner.
- Producing and publishing a piece of creative nonfiction / literary journalism that represents their partners legacy.
- Producing a mechanical wooden toy that represents their partner’s legacy.
- At the conclusion of the project, all books & toys will be provided to their senior partner’s for keeping, gifting to loved ones, or donating to a local charity.
How did it go?
This project was a tremendous success and led to my being awarded honorable mention in McGraw Hill’s 2012 STEM Innovators in Education (STEMIE) award.
I used the Seniors2 project as the basis for a STEMIE grant application. Materials are available here:
Students also submitted course reflections.