Michaelis foundation and EPIC Education Foundation working together to provide students and educators an innovative educational ecosystem
Partnership will act as a bridge for students to study abroad
A common purpose: to lower the barriers that prevent Brazilian students from achieving quality education. Together with BRASA (the largest association of Brazilian students abroad) the Michaelis Foundation will provide the possibility for students to participate in scholarship opportunities for international institutions.
The cost of a flight ticket, the tuition fee and the price and area for accommodation. These are just some of the factors that those looking for a teaching opportunity outside the country need to take into consideration. Despite winning significant scholarships for large universities, young people are often unable to continue enrollment due to lack of financial resources, giving up the dream of studying abroad.
With more than 9000 members, in two years BRASA has aided 12 students, who had the chance, regardless of their family income, to pursue their academic life in colleges in the United States and Europe - subsequently starting a professional career in these countries. Through the Global Thinking Initiative, the expectation is that the project will receive more than 1000 entries, inspiring more young Brazilians to seek new bilingual learning paths.
Always focusing on the philosophy of “looking out for one another” - the basis of the global thinking mentality developed jointly by the two organizations through the initiative - students will be able, in addition to signing up for the BRASA program, to help other university students who also aspire to study abroad. The contribution to BRASA´s SCHOLARSHIPS will be made through the donation of any amount of money.
“The first step in changing the world is to learn to deconstruct limits, not dreams. After all, in order to transform our reality, we must first dream. ”- Jefferson Michaelis, director of the Michaelis Foundation for Global Education
To subscribe to BRASA´s scholarship program please visit: https://www.bolsas.gobrasa.org/. BRASA´s scholarships can be a resource for students going to study abroad (who have already been accepted to at least one university) or who are already studying abroad (and who graduate after December 2021). Note: only Brazilians can apply to the program.
The Global Thinking initiative is also supported by Editora Melhoramentos.
- Luma Keily
The future of the world in the hands of our next generation
What will be of our world after the pandemic? This million-dollar question has been keeping many people awake at night, wondering if the world as we know it will remain the same or drastically change after “we take our masks off”. The answer is a simple one: the secret lies in the hands of our leaders to be.
Recently in Tampa (Florida), more than 160 CEOs reunited in the Gorrie Elementary school, ready to greet students and follow them on their daily classes’ routine. Why? During an interview with ABC Action News (WFTS Tampa Bay), the CEO of the marketing company Elevate Inc, AaKash Patel, explained us the reason: “These are the kids that are going to run our community someday so we have to educate them as much as we can and connect them to our business leaders”.
It´s with that same mindset that the Michaelis Foundation have been dedicating a significant number of projects for young people during the years. With the goal to contribute with the education of this generation of big dreams, the organization partners with many others to bring hands-on activities to schools from all around the globe. “We are truly inspired by our youth. We got to have faith in their projects and dreams, walking side by side to both teach and learn with them, as they lead us to beautiful things”, stated Jefferson Michaelis, director of the MFGE.
In cooperation with Editora Melhoramentos, a Brazilian publishing company, the Foundation seeks to encourage our leaders of tomorrow to be creative and wonder free, through the Global Thinking Initiative. “The initiative provides bilingual activities and the distribution of Michaelis educational dictionaries to schools, communities, and partner entities. In Brazil alone, the cities of Aracatuba, Campinas, Limeira, Ribeirao Preto, São Jose dos Campos, Campo Belo (MG) and Rio de Janeiro will be positively impacted”, told the project coordinator, Carla Michaelis.
- Luma Keily
MFGE International Correspondent
The Michaelis Sisters
A major milestone for women's empowerment. On July 6th, 1849, Henriette Michaelis was born in Berlin. Two years later, on March 15th, Carolina Michaelis, her sister, was welcomed to the family. The duo would soon make history, inspiring generations for decades after their death.
At a time when female presence was not allowed in the academic world, the youngest of the siblings, a German linguist, challenged the odds and became the first woman to teach at a Portuguese university. With the willpower to promote greater educational opportunities for women and children in Europe, the romanist, alongside her sister - a German philologist, romanist and lexicographer - dedicated her life to working on projects like the Michaelis dictionary.
To honor their devoted times throughout the years, on Carolina´s 170th birthday the Michaelis Foundation with the support of Editora Melhoramentos will donate 170 bilingual School dictionaries to students of selected communities from all around the world. “By helping people, the way that she and her sister did for their entire life, we wish to carry out their spirit of giving to others and keep their beautiful story alive”, aspires the founder of the non-profit organization Jefferson Michaelis.
The foundation has been providing social inclusion and bilingual STEM education throughout the years through projects like Science Days, Science Days Challenge and Simulation Exploration Experience (SEE).
By working together, we intend to continue to inspire excitement and enthusiasm within the world’s youth about STEAM and how accomplishments in these fields have – and will continue to – revolutionize the way we live. (Carla Michaelis, Celebrating Global Thinking Initiative Project coordinator)
- Luma Keily
Our story begins in 1896, when Henriette Michaelis and her sister Carolina Michaelis, together, gave life to the first Michaelis dictionary. Years later their legacy can be seen between the walls of the Michaelis Foundation for Global Education.
Through a diverse series of educational initiatives and hands-on bilingual project-based learning experiences, the non-profit organization has been empowering and engaging educators, young learners, and aspiring aerospace professionals from around the world for many years. “I strongly believe in the strength of good examples and the impact of words. I am sure that our work through the MFGE can touch a life or change a child's future!”, said Carla Michaelis, founder of the organization.
Though this year has been full of uncertainties and consternation, hope can still be found in the heart of the organization. Between projects and partnerships, the MFGE team has been making exciting plans for the year to come. Jefferson Michaelis, said that he believes that there are many possibilities waiting to be found right around the corner. “All we have to do is take every single one of them, hoping that at least one will turn into something extraordinary”, he pointed out.
We are certain that students and the teachers supported by our projects are empowered to make a difference in their classrooms, in their communities, and around the world. - MFGE
An inclusive, innovative and inspiring experience. Through the Science Days Challenge, children and teenagers in love with science are able to have the unique opportunity to connect with the vast universe of space exploration through playful and motivating activities. “Having the opportunity to participate in an event like SDC is very exciting and makes everyone very thrilled. I never imagined that a project of mine would have such visibility”, said Felepe de Brito, one of the members of the Carbon Dioxiders team.
For student Leonardo Vaz Ferreira, participating in the friendly competition provided by Science Days was enriching. The young man expressed that he was able to learn how to deal with frustrations and maintain his determination despite the difficulties. “By participating in Science Days Challenge I learned many things that I can take into my life, such as not giving up so easily and knowing that most of the time projects go wrong, but we have to learn from these mistakes”, he shared. The young man also pointed out that the experience helped them emotionally and mentally.
The “Breathing Out” project was born through a physical exercise that the students of the Colégio Cristão Jundiaí institution had to perform. “When my friends and I finished this task, we got the strange feeling of wanting more,” said Amanda Rabello Anarelli.
The group competed with the experiment “The air that keeps you alive, can it also kill you?”, Winning the Double Award in the Best Use of Science and Best Science Concept category. “We may not yet have the power to change globally, but, as our biology professor says, it is our way of acting locally while thinking globally. So, I think we are doing what we can to transform our world into a better place”, added the student.
“This initiative is building on years of teamwork and dedication to provide students and educators an opportunity to collaborate and work on PBL space/STEM educational activities while promoting US creativity and innovation. We expect to grow internationally to achieve our worldwide mission” – Jefferson Michaelis.
- Luma Keily
Michaelis Foundation and science days usa collaborating with Science Days Challenge (SDC) global outreach
SDC initiative recognizes teamwork and commitment of students and teachers
Looking at each other in order to contribute to social well-being. This is the main proposal of the Science Days Challenge, which encourages students around the world to think of creative ideas to solve problems in their community.
On Monday (2), the results of the winners of the Science Days Challenge were released.
On the podium, only the first three placed in the following categories: elementary school, middle school and high school. However, the reality is different: we have 37 winning teams.
According to former NASA member Mike Lester, the traditional way of teaching is no longer enough to attract the attention of young people. Thus, the SDC initiative uses an alternative form of study by bringing the proposal to instigate young people's interest in science, technology, engineering arts and mathematics through space education. “Space seems to have a universal fascination”, revealed Mr. Lester who stated that, by generating curiosity, the subject facilitates the process of learning.
In the reality of social isolation, maintaining focus and determination was the greatest challenge. Despite the insecurities generated by the pandemic situation, hundreds of participants of the Science Days Challenge turned to collective well-being, with the proposal to build a better world. With a common goal, students and teachers came together to bring innovative ideas to life, each one with its own special characteristics.
In recognition of this altruistic act and the commitment of all groups to finish their projects and deliver all the materials within the time determined by the event, in 2021 all teams will be awarded at Science Days global event. With the right to special award and being called on stage, every student will be honored, regardless of whether they were among the top three in the SDC categories or not. “You are all winners”, said SDUSA president Mike Lester, referring to the event´s participants. Under Lester´s management and the active support of the Michaelis Foundation and KSCIA, in 2021 SDC will have the participation of several schools around the world.
The special acknowledgement of the Most Inspirational Project, Best Presentation Award, SDC Double Award and Global Positive Impact Award will take place later this month.
The Michaelis Foundation for Global Education is proud to announce a partnership with InnovaSpace (Innovaspace.org), located in London, United Kingdom.
The two organizations will collaborate in the development of space outreach activities. InnovaSpace Kids2Mars project will join the Science Days initiative of the Foundation, with the aim of promoting STEM and Space educational undertakings
Hopefully, this message will be uplifting for all of you in these challenging times
From the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak, the Michaelis Foundation has expanded its educational virtual programs in response to the original and continually evolving demands for more remote online activities for children and families across the globe.
The Michaelis Foundation has already produced one online virtual conference with 150+ participants and prepared two hands on activities for 3,500 kids.
We are committed to sharing our expertise, energy, and programs to address the issues of the global social isolation by nurturing adaptability and providing quality Space & STEAM education activities to support individual resiliency.
Together with our global partners, we have been able to use our skills, creativity, and ingenuity to collectively solve educational challenges.
All the best,
The Michaelis Foundation Team
Michaelis in action
We work with partner organizations worldwide to tackle critical challenges in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math