Get Ready for the 2014-2015 SWAP Year — more T-2-4 adventures!

SWAP Year 2014-15


Join Students with Amazing Potential in the 2014-2015 School Year – go SWAP!

RSVP and Itinerary for the March 15th trip to Texas Southern University

We are very excited to explore the four year college experience as a pathway to a career this Saturday, March 15 at Texas Southern University. Please take a moment to review the  itinerary. To go along with this month’s theme, we are asking mentors to wear a college t-shirt either from your alma mater or from your favorite college.


Come prepared to share a little bit about your journey to college as a way for students to understand the successes and challenges you faced towards your degree path after high school.

So that our trip coordinators may prepare small group activities, please let us know if you will be in attendance. Should you have any questions, please contact Monique Calderon at

SWAP Saturday March 15th to Four Year College

TSUSWAP Students & Volunteers — SWAP on March 15th will be to a four year college –  Texas Southern University.

More details will follow – keep your eyes on this blog.

Meet by 8:15am at the Spring Oaks Middle School bus loop.  We’ll return to the bus loop by 1:30pm.

High School students – – if you plan to attend please bring your parent consent form.  Download a form here or ask for one by emailing or Nirka Flores at

If you are a SWAP volunteer – please let Sondra know if you are coming – Sondra’s email is

Looking forward to another great day!






SWAP is JAN 25th – 2014 (date change)

SWAP Students and Volunteers – there is a date change!  the next SWAP is Jan 25th 2014.

The day will be spent at the Houston Community College Campuses of Spring Branch and Alief.

Here is a tentative schedule:

8:15 SOMS bus loop

8:45-9: arrive on campus (HCC Spring Branch)
9-9:45: tour of Performing Arts Center and programs (HCC Spring Branch)
9:45-10:45: Presentation and Games with Communities In Schools of Houston reps on HCC campus
10:45-11: travel to HCC Alief campus
11:15-12: Tour of Engineering Program at HCC Alief
12:00-12:45 Lunch at Alief campus

1:15 returned to bus loop at SOMS

SWAP at Medical Center 12/7/13

We have another fun adventure in store for us!  Saturday 12/7, SWAP heads to the Medical Center to learn about medical professions.  Detailed itinerary and plan for the day.  Please, please read it over before Saturday.

URGENT! Please let Amy Taylor know if you will attend –

If it is at all possible for you to come and volunteer, please do! We could sure use you!!   Please email ASAP if you are coming so we can order the food and get the small groups in order.

8:00-8:15 a.m. – Chaperones arrive/student check-in/breakfast at Spring Oaks Middle School (SOMS)

8:15-8:20 a.m. – Chaperone briefing/students load buses

8:20-8:25 a.m. – Final bus count

8:25-8:30 a.m. – Field trip overview and expectations for the day

8:30 a.m. – Depart SOMS for The Health Museum

9:00 a.m. – Arrive at The Health Museum/students and chaperones break into small groups

9:00-10:15 – Exhibit exploration in small group rotations (starting points noted below, and groups

should rotate through all of these exhibits – some may take less time than others)

ß Small groups 1& 2 start at Resolved: Texas Vietnam Heroes exhibit

ß Small group 3 & 4 start at Disease Detectives

ß Small group 5 & 6 start at Amazing Body Pavilion

ß Small group 7 & 8 start at You: The Exhibit

10:15 – Reconvene group at McGovern Theater for “Planet You 3D” short film

10:55 a.m. – Film ends and students load buses

11:00 a.m. – Recount students, reset expectations and depart for Medical Careers Panel at M.D.

Anderson Smith Research Building

11:10 a.m. – Arrive at M.D. Anderson Smith Research Building for Medical Careers Panel

11:15-11:45 a.m. – Medical Careers Panel and Q&A

11:45-11:55 a.m. – Small group breakout

12:00-12:30 p.m. – Small group debrief/Birkman Interest review with Career BINGO

12:00-12:55 p.m. – Lab tour rotations in small groups (to run in tandem w/small group debrief and


12:30-12:55 p.m. – Lunch in small group

1:00 p.m. – Depart M.D. Anderson Smith Research Building for SOMS

1:30 p.m. – Arrive at SOMS/student pick-up


Directions and Location

Directions from SOMS to The Health Museum (1515 Hermman Drive)

End at The Health Museum (1515 Hermann Drive)

Note: buses may need to drop off students behind the museum on LaBranch Street, pending traffic.

Buses will need to park on a nearby street or at Hermann Park while the group tours the museum. Trip

coordinator will call the buses back to the museum at 10:45 a.m.

Directions from The Health Museum to M.D. Anderson Smith Research Building (7777 Knight Road)

End at M.D. Anderson Smith Research Building. NOTE: buses will drop students off at the main entrance.

Buses should be able to remain parked in the driveway until program conclusion or they can park at the

far end of the parking lot located at the front of the building. Buses should be ready to board students at

the main entrance by 12:55 p.m.

Directions from M.D. Anderson Smith Research Building to SOMS

End at Springs Oaks Middle School


Trip Overview and Expectations

So that students can best understand the purpose of today’s trip and how they can maximize this

experience, chaperones will provide an overview of the trip along with expectations for each stop and

guiding questions students may want to consider. See below for what to share with students during each

leg of our journey.

Our Field Trip (share en route to The Health Museum)

Overview: “Today, we will explore careers and opportunities in the health and medical field. We hope

that you will gain a deeper understanding of what it means to work in the field of medicine and the

various ways you can play a role in advancing science in this way. First, we will head to The Health

Museum where you will get to explore the wonders of the human body and think more purposefully

about how you might want to pursue studying the human body as a career. Next, we will visit a research

center at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center for a panel of medical doctors (M.D.s) and research scientists

(Ph.Ds) who will share more about their work and what it takes for them to work in this field. After

that, you will tour an actual science research lab. Finally, you will discuss the day and career possibilities

through your Birkman Interests in your small group. We will then have lunch and return back to school.”

Expectations: “We are visiting a museum where there will be lots of people not associated with our

program and we will visit an actual science research lab where very sensitive information and samples

are held. Therefore, it is very important that you remain in your small group and with your small group

leaders at all times. Follow instructions at all times and continue to show people at the museum and the

doctors and scientists we meet today just how exceptional S.W.A.P. students are.”

Questions: “Throughout the day, you are encouraged to think about how you might want to play a part

in the medical field. Here are some questions you may want to ask yourself while you visit the museum

and listen to people in the medical field share their work: 1) What is it about science or medicine that

I may enjoy most? 2) Would I prefer to treat people who encounter illnesses and disease or would I

prefer to study the causes of illness and disease in an effort to develop a treatment or cure? 3) What

does it take to become a doctor or research scientist? 4) What type of person would enjoy work in the

medical field? 5) What do my Birkman Interests indicate about the ways in which I can contribute to the

field of medicine? Additionally, you are encouraged to ask questions of the doctors and researchers you

will meet today as it will allow you to get the most of out of your day and help you understand what it

actually takes to work the health sciences.”


Birkman Worksheets and Activities for SWAP Day at Technical Institutes

The SWAP team leaders and volunteers are equipped with bags for their small groups with each student’s Birkman & Areas of Interest, Bingo Cards (3 different variations), Chips, Instructions and candy — all to assist them in identifying career opportunities for the SWAP students.   This Saturday’s SWAP will be visiting Everest Institute and ITT.


Areas of Interest – SBISD SOMSElectives My Dreams2 Instructions for Swap Bingo Swap Career Bingo 5