Calista Frederick-Jaskiewicz will be our first teen guest on #gtchat on June 21st at 7PM ET (US). It has been a long-standing request of many who participate in #gtchat to involve more students in our chats. We are excited that she has accepted our invitation to chat!
I first met Calista as a child quietly sitting at the back of the room at a STEM Advocacy meeting where her mother, Cynde Frederick, was speaking. She was folding origami birds; not something you would expect at a STEM meeting I thought. How wrong I was!
Calista is the founder and CEO of Origami Salami. Her interest in origami began with a gift ~ a beginner origami kit when she was 6 years old. The support to launch her company came from the Davidson Young Scholar Ambassador Program. They provided Calista with sound advice and inspiration on being a positive force in the world. She subsequently founded Folding for Good, a community outreach spin-off of Origami Salami which responded to the tragedy at Sandy Hook earlier this year with a special project – Operation Sandy Hook: Peace to You.
Origami, the ancient Japanese art of folding, has increasing applications in STEM fields as the patterns can be found in proteins, DNA, robotics and computers. It is used by NASA in the design of space telescopes, the Mars rover and space tethers. In medicine, it was used to develop a new heart stent. Calista uses her knowledge of paper folding to encourage other students to investigate the relationship between origami and science and become more involved in science careers.
Currently, Calista is a dual-enrollee at PA Cyber Charter School and Robert Morris University‘s School of Engineering, Mathematics and Science where she just finished her second year of college. She is also a member of the NASA Online Learning Community, a 2013 National Center for Women & Information Technology Aspirations in Computer Science Award Winner, a 2012 Kids are Heroes honoree, a violinist with the Three Rivers Young Peoples’ Orchestra in Pittsburgh, a nine-time State Taekwondo Champion, a volunteer at Animal Friends where she organizes Operation Happy Sock to make safe toys for shelter cats and has lobbied for gifted education in her state House of Representatives.
Learn more about Calista:
Interview with Calista Frederick-Jaskiewicz at About.com
Calista Frederick-Jaskiewicz at Zoominfo.com
“2012 Service and Scholarship Award“, Pennsylvania Association for Gifted Education, 2012 Annual Conference
A lively discussion was engaged in during this week’s chat. I’m hopeful that new light was shed on unschooling and the philosophy behind it. Participants included people from 16 states and 7 countries proving that this was a topic with global appeal. Although we chatted about unschooling in general, we also discussed why unschooling and homeschooling are so attractive to parents of gifted children. Mika Gustavson of Gifted Matters described unschooling as “Child-led learning; life-relevant learning; relevant-to-the-child learning.” A full transcript of the chat may be found here.
Two announcements were made during gtchat this past week. First, the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented will be powering our chat for the upcoming year. Many thanks to the folks at Texas Gifted, the Board of Directors and to J.J. Colburn, Executive Director for all they do and for their contribution to continuing the conversation within the global gifted community. Second, on June 7th at 7PM ET, #gtchat is pleased to welcome our first teen guest, Ms. Calista Frederick-Jaskiewicz, CEO of @OrigamiSalami1. We will spotlight Calista in an upcoming blog post!
Once again, #gtchat became a trending topic on Twitter. Our thanks to all the great contributors who attend chat each week and provide such a strong presence on Twitter. We couldn’t do it without you!
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