Old Club Gets New Start

By Nomi Martin-Brouilett
Staff Writer
Some Science Leadership Academy clubs can go unnoticed for a long time. Franklin Institute Stewards In Knowledge-Sharing, or FISIKS, is one of these clubs.

Club Coordinator Luke Van Meter, who is also the SLA-TFI liason, explained, “FISIKS stands for improving student awareness and access to the resources and opportunities at The Franklin Institute.”

The club actually started in 2010, when a group of highly involved SLA students who are now seniors started the program. The purpose was to maximize the benefits of SLA’s partnership with The Franklin Institute increase the awareness of the resources, programs, and activities that are available at TFI at SLA. This includes leading free trips to see movies and exhibits, and encouraging families to use their free memberships.

One of these events took place last Wednesday, when FISIKS took a group of students to see Monsters, Inc. in 3D at The Franklin Institute for free. The trip was a big hit, a group of around 15 students took the opportunity to go. One of these students was Sophomore Darya Nemati.

“Monsters Inc. was awesome! I got to hang out with friends and watch a movie at the same time.“ says Nemati, who didn’t know of FISIKS beforehand. “I heard about the movie in the Advisory Memo….and I would be willing to participate in future events.”

The club that few knew about is finally getting attention and interest, years after it started.So what is FISIKS planning next?

“Alisha Rothwell and Emmanuel are hanging posters around the school to raise awareness about the Titanic Exhibit and other opportunities. I expect the club’s activity to continue to grow as more students get involved and as the group tries out new things.” say’s Van Meter.

The club meets on Wednesday afternoon’s as well as some lunch periods, and is looking for new members! If you are interested, email Alisha Rothwell at arothwell@scienceleadership.org.

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