MySciHigh: Humble Beginnings

MySciHigh: Humble Beginnings

A few months ago, I decided that it would be a great idea to launch a start-up. I mean, come on – as an urban high school chemistry teacher, I knew everything and therefore clearly had to share my expansive knowledge of all that is great in science teaching with the world. So, I took a chance and drove to the StartUp Weekend Education in Santa Clara in February, pitched my idea, and stood around, waiting for people to clamor around my vision.

Luckily for the world (or unluckily, for that matter), my start-up did not come into fruition that fateful weekend in February.

However, before I had enough time to settle into any feelings of despondency, I was grabbed by Brian Greenberg and Rob Schwartz to form the team for another start-up, MySciHigh.

The idea was this:

While the Internet can be an amazing resource, there are a multitude of problems arising from the overabundance of resources. For example, not everything is great (case in point). I mean, when I am not grading, lesson planning, entering data, contacting parents, running afterschool enrichment programs, or planning for differentiation, I’ve just got so much time on my hands to sift through the Internet to find those amazing resources…

Well, MySciHigh was going to change this for teachers, and instead of just collecting nifty videos, our little team wanted to find only the best. AND, not only that, but we wanted to bring that science to life and make learning purposeful with real-world challenges that would require students to actually synthesize what they were learning into concrete unit projects.

It turns out that, we won that start-up weekend, and now we’re ready to take on the real world. Our own unit project? Take our idea and start piloting it.

This summer, we’re launching MySciHigh with a group of students in the Bay Area through nonprofit Level Playing Field Institute’s summer institute, SMASH.

Ready to watch what happens when a group of educators, developers, and educational visionaries create, apply, and synthesize the content that they themselves have learned in the most real-world project possible – to change the way science is learned?

Yea, me too.

Written by Sairina Tsui

High School Science teacher at Leadership Public Schools

4 comments

  1. Todd Hess

    Good luck! This is monumental. Startup Weekend Grad here in So. Utah and would love to help, if possible. Any plans to work projects w/ students/groups outside CA?

  2. Hi Todd! Thanks for reaching out to us! We do plan on working with students and groups outside of California. Absolutely! If you are definitely interested, I can shoot you an email and we’ll talk!

  3. +1 on the interest. Let’s chat.

  4. Hey, Sairina,

    It takes guts to stand up and give a Pitch, be proud!

    Really need to cross pollinate more between us EduGeeks and AppGeeks : StartupEDU and SxSWedu are great steps.

    Maybe there is a need for a website to act as a go-between, in a really detailed nuts and bolts way? Some sort of unbiased hacker news or stack overflow to try out and rate new app offerings, and up-vote specific problems teachers and students have with 1:1 tablets etc.

    I’ve been lucky that I have a 9yo son learning maths, who has given me very blunt feedback with GridMaths.com. Likewise, getting out and tutoring has been valuable.

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