Math Institute – First Session…New Location!!!


This Sunday, October 1st, will mark our first session of NSBE Jr. of Southern California’s Math Institute. We will be meeting from 2 to 4pm at our new location (see below).

Aya Medical Training Institute
965 North LaBrea Avenue, Inglewood
(LaBrea & Centinela near Popeye’s Chicken, 2nd floor)



All of the students who took the assessment will be accepted. Remember, the Math Institute is a separate program with an additional fee of $320 per year for NSBE Jr. of Southern California members and $350 for non-members. If you are interested in having your child attend the Math Institute, but have not taken the assessment, or if you have any additional questions, feel free to email Christine Wood.


There Is Value in Failing, Part II

In Part I, we looked the life lessons that come with failure. In this Part II, we’ll examine how to help our children recover when they have failed at something.

There are many ways for your child to recover from failure…once they have accepted that failure is meant to help rather than hinder them. Once they begin down the path of this belief, then they can truly recover from failure. Here are some ways to help.


#1 – Ignore the Debbie Downers

When they fail, there will be people telling them, “I told you so,” and, “You should have listened to me.” They need to ignore them! Remind your child of something that they tried that they ended up loving—like riding a bike or trying a different type of ice cream. Let them know that trying new things is a part of life, but there will always be people in the wings ready to pounce when something has gone wrong. Their challenge will be to watch for those Debbie Downers because they will be silenced by their future success!


#2 – Understand that it’s Okay to Fail

One of the best ways to recover from failure is to understand that it’s quite alright to fail, but it’s not okay to give up. Even if your child has failed and that failure was extremely painful, remind them that it’s not okay to give up. Tell them that they can keep failing over and over again if they have to. Keep on trying until they succeed. Success will taste so much sweeter when they reach it. Remember, it’s not true failure unless they throw in that proverbial towel and wholeheartedly give up forever.


#3 – Using Failure as Leverage

When your child has failed in life, teach them to use it as leverage to recover from it and to propel forward. Teach them that they leverage something by using it to help them go further, like a rope when they are mountain climbing! To help them leverage their failures, have them journal the experience.

  • Write out what they failed at and why they failed.
  • Did they have a defined goal?
  • What could they have done differently?
  • How will they tackle those failures in the future when they are faced with them again?
  • How will they learn from this experience to help shape a brighter future?

Failure can be a great a tool to help them grow. It isn’t the end of the road as long as they don’t give up. If they still believe in their goals, they can use the failure as leverage to push past their limitations.


#4 – Revisit Your Goals

In general, one huge thing to consider after a big disappointment is whether you had a clear and concrete goal. Ask your child, “Was the goal SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Results-focused, and Time-bound)? Did you visualize your goal in your mind?” Sometimes, failure results from not setting good goals, or by not tracking and analyzing them on a monthly, weekly, or daily basis. To recover from failure, help them revisit their goals and redefine them.


#5 – Create a MAP

Want to recover from failure? Create a MAP – a Massive Action Plan. Take their goals and help them lay out a plan as to how they are going to achieve them. What will they do in the face of failure next time? When children have a MAP, they have a systematic way of achieving the goals that they set for themselves. Help them learn to set a solid action plan that will help them push past the stumbling blocks of life, and watch as they slowly but surely recover from any setbacks, upsets, or failures.


To Infinity and Beyond….

​TODAY, we launch the NSBE Jr. of Southern California Math Institute with Jason Bozé, founder of “I do ❤ Math.” There’s nothing more inspirational than watching ten 5th, 6th, 6th, and 8th graders wanting to learn math on a Sunday afternoon. 

Our new Math Institute is exciting because it represents our collective commitment to helping our “babies” learn math. Throughout education, there are trends that come and go, and one current trend in public education is dual language immersion programs, where students are immersed in a second language in all aspects of their studies. According to the LA Times, dual language immersion programs have grown in the last few years from a few hundred to 1,000 or more nationwide.

On the flipside, we’ve learned from our math specialist, Christina Moore, that math is THE universal language. Mathematics is the only language shared by all humans regardless of age,  gender, culture, or race. Pi is approximately 3.14159 no matter where you are in the world! Adding up the cost of a basket of groceries is the same whether your adding pesos, rubles, yen, or dollars. 

Very few can become literate in all of the world’s languages, but at least our scholars can become literate in mathematics, i.e. numeracy. Fluency in THAT universal language can take them into worlds unknown!!!

Math Institute Assessment 

Families, just a reminder…

The Math Institute Assessment is Sunday, September 17th, from 2 to 4 at Rogers Park in the Library. Please plan to bring any 5th to 8th grader who might be interested in the Math Institute. To help us plan for the Assessment, please email Christine if you plan to attend…BUT come even if you don’t get to RSVP. 

Have a great weekend!!

Assessment: Free

Institute: $320 for the year (16 Lessons, payable in two installments)

What do you know about…Jeanette Epps?

Today’s NSBE Scholar Research Assignment

Due: September 24, 2017

DOC: What Do You Know About Jeanette Epps???


Jeannette Epps, American Aerospace Engineer & NASA Astronaut 


Write a report that answers the following questions.

  1. Who is Jeanette Epps, and why is she important?
  2. What is the International Space Station?
  3. What are some challenges to living in space? How are these challenges met on the Space Station?

Write five interview questions you would like to ask Jeanette Epps.

Motivational Quotes About Failure


“Being human means you will make mistakes. And you will make mistakes, because failure is God’s way of moving you in another direction.” Oprah Winfrey

There’s a silly notion that failure’s not an option at NASA. Failure is an option here. If things are not failing, you are not innovating enough.” Elon Musk

It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all, in which case you have failed by default.” J.K. Rowling

There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.” Colin Powell

Winning is great, sure, but if you are really going to do something in life, the secret is learning how to lose. Nobody goes undefeated all the time.” Wilma Rudolph

You have to be able to accept failure to get better.” LeBron James

It’s fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.” Bill Gates

Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” Winston Churchill

Women, like men, should try to do the impossible. And when they fail, their failure should be a challenge to others.” Amelia Earhart

Source: BrainyQuote

There Is Value in Failing, Part I

We often teach our children that failure is not an option. This blog is meant to add to that thinking.

Letting a child fail can provide valuable life lessons. Over the course of our history, some of our greatest Americans have had extraordinary and numerous failures that ensured their place in our memory. Learn more about these legends by watching “Famous Failures,” but more importantly, share their stories with your children. Then, remember three four valuable lessons that your child is learning the next time they fail.

Lesson #1: Knowledge

With failure comes first-hand knowledge that can be leveraged in future, often more critical, endeavors. Thomas Edison famously failed 10,000 times to create a commercially viable electric lightbulb. With each of those failures, Edison gained the knowledge of one more way NOT to create that lightbulb. It was his collective knowledge from the 10,000 failures that ultimately led to his success.

Lesson #2: Experience

Failing gives a child an invaluable experience. When a child fail, they have an expereince that no one can take away. It helps them develop a deeper understanding for life and teaches them to appreciate their accomplishments all the more.

Lesson #3: Resilience

The more a child fails, the more resilient they can become…with a parent’s guidance and support. If your child believes he/she is going to succeed easily at everything they try, then they are sure to experience a far more painful failure in the future. They must build resilience because it sets the tone for success and eliminates the unrealistic expectations that things will happen overnight. Then, your child can adopt the notion that true success will take an enormous amount of work and effort.

Lesson #4: Growth

Failure allows your child to grow and mature as human beings. The process of failing gives a child time to think, to take things into perspective, and to develop meaning from painful situations. We are all meant to grow; it’s built into our core. Failure is one life trigger that helps satisfy that need.

In the next article, we’ll look at how to help your child recover from failure.