Games Our Brains Play

Join ACT-SO and Rosanne Rademaker from UCSD at the Skyline Hills Branch Library at 2pm on Saturday, January 26th for a fascinating exploration of how our brains perceive the world and act on information, and how we know what we know about how they work.

We know this presentation will inspire budding scientists, but it also raises important questions about perception and reality that have fascinating implications for artists, writers, and anyone who cares about our community and human wellbeing.

We will reschedule for a later date.

ACT-SO Builds Robots with lilStar

ACT-SO enabled six students to join lilStar’s BUILD Robots day.   This was a fun day for the kids, who got to build actual autonomous robots from kits generously provided by Clarity Design, in a lab at the University of San Diego.  Sponsorship was also provided by Beta Selam Academy.  The instructor for the day was Camille Eddy.

Chow Down and College Up: ACT-SO Visits the HBCU Expo

There is an HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) Expo happening at the Jacobs Center on January 19th, from 2-6pm.  Join the ACT-SO crew for (free) lunch, then head on over to the Expo and see what these historic educational institutions have to offer.

We are having lunch from Burros & Fries from 12-2pm in Room 389.  Don’t worry if you don’t have a ticket, we have plenty of food.

The ACT-SO Judges for 2018-2019

These fine folks have signed up to judge for ACT-SO this season. We need more judges!  If you have skills to contribute, please don’t keep them to yourself; our kids need you.

Ryn Corbeil
– Judge – Poetry –

Ryn Corbeil is making the jump from an Engineering career to Poetry. He likes to refer to this as “going over to the light side.”

Vera Sanchez
– Judge – Poetry, Essay –

Vera Sanchez is an adjunct professor of English at Grossmont College, and a Social Work Counselor for the San Diego Regional Center.

Darwin Fishman
– Judge – Essay –

Tomás Gayton
– Judge – Poetry –

Tomás Gayton is a retired Civil Rights attorney and poet. His latest volume is “Jazz Heaven,” a volume of Jazz Poetry.

Earl Vaults
– Judge – Music –

Earl Vaults graduated from SDSU with a BA in music. He studied the saxophone with Harvey Pittel from USC, a world renowned classical saxophonist. He’s played with R&B group The …

Dr André J. Branch
– Judge – Essay, Poetry –

Beside being President of the NAACP San Diego, Dr Branch is a professor of Education at San Diego State University, and holds a degree in English and a PhD in …

Quis Colion
– Judge – Music, Poetry –

Quis Colion, 35, is a Black artist, Black poet and Black entrepreneur. He is a United States Air Force veteran. He has a Bachelor’s of Science in audio production from …

ACT-SO Visits Black Xpression!

The ACT-SO crew when to visit Black Xpression!, the Friday night performance event featuring open mic performances by African-Americans.  Then of us went, including a member of the committee, one of our judges, several students and their parents.

We look forward to many more ACT-SO outings in the coming months, include a movie night, a tour of the Salk Institute, a lecture/demonstration on neuroscience, and much more.

ACT-SO is the NAACP’s Afro-Academic, Scientific, Technological and Scientific Olympics for African-American high school students.  If you have talent and want to show it off, sign up with us today!  Or, if you would like to see African-American students succeed, sign up to help out.

October 19th ACT-SO Visit to Black Xpression

ACT-SO will be visiting the dynamic Open Mic night that is Black Xpression.  If you register (for free), ACT-SO will cover your entrance fee.

If you wear your ACT-SO t-shirt (which we will be happy to give students for free if they signup to compete), we will give you a $5 coupon toward food and drink!

For more information about Black Xpression, visit facebook.com/IWillXpress/.

Elections, ACT-SO, Superior Court, CHP and more…

At tonight’s General Membership Meeting, we have four agenda items:

  • Upcoming branch elections
  • ACT-SO
  • Matter concerning the Superior Court
  • Captain Penner of the El Cajon California Highway Patrol (CHP) will talk briefly about “What the El Cajon California Highway Patrol can do to improve trust with the public” and will answer questions that the membership may have.

See you tonight at 6pm, at the Joe & Vi Jacobs Center, 404 Euclid Ave!

Watch: ACT-SO at Casa del Rey Moro

ACT-SO invited participants and friends to join a tour of Casa del Rey Moro, a museum dedicated to the history of African peoples.  After the tour, we had pizza and snacks in the park in the center of Historic Old Town San Diego.  Here’s a little taste of what we did: