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We were inspired by the Seven Up! documentary series and our goal is to create something similar with the families who participate in our Family Science Courses. The following videos are from the first two years of the project and the students are all first and second graders.  The videos have been created by Prof. Jed Dannenbaum, Prof. Doe Mayer and their amazing students – Alejandro, Jessie and Josie from the USC Cinema School.
Some points to keep in mind and notice:


  • We are targeting parents with this video. The technical content has intentionally been downplayed. We emphasize the fact that anyone can help their child learn and do science – regardless of background or prior attributes. These videos will be played at various Back to School night recruiting events to help parents see the value of engaging in learning activities alongside their children.
  • Success for Iridescent is when the parent continues the learning that we initiated in the classroom. This is what we see in the Medina Family video. Parents are the biggest influencers in a child’s life. Our strategy is to exponentially increase our program’s impact by bringing the parents along with us on our mission.
  • Success for Iridescent is also when the parent supports and encourages the child to persist through failure as Knick’s mother does when he despairs.


Family Science Families 












Martha and Family The Medina Family Knikolaus Abigail


Engineers as Teachers












Meaning Learning Experience Challenges




Spring 2012: click on photo to go to photo album






















Quincy Jones



32nd Street Western Avenue Frank Del Olmo
New York Hall of Science Vermont


Fall 2011: click on photo to go to photo album






















Betty Plasencia



32nd Street Western Ave. Frank Del Olmo


Spring 2011: click on photo to go to photo album














Frank Del Olmo



New York Hall of Science Western Avenue


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