On Tuesday we welcomed Cuba-native Ariel Rodriguez, who spoke to the 8th graders in preparation for their upcoming trip to Cuba in March. Ariel talked about his childhood and university years in Cuba. He reminisced about playing street hockey with friends in his hometown and riding traditional Cuban chivichanas, home-made scooters that many Cuban children continue to enjoy as a favorite pastime.
Ariel also discussed Cuba's education system and the availability of technology, including access to the Internet. The session wrapped up with a question-and-answer period, during which students and teachers had the opportunity to ask questions, many of which related directly to the upcoming trip.
Ariel, a computer scientist, left Cuba a few years ago, living first in Europe and now in Philadelphia.