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BUGGING OUT: Intel employee and volunteer Margaret Floyd shows students a hissing cockroach during class at Galveston Elementary School on Thursday in Chandler.
EXPERIENCE: First-grade student Frank Ruiz holds a bearded dragon lizard brought in Thursday by Intel employee Margaret Floyd at Galveston Elementary School in Chandler. Floyd brought the animals because students are learning about habitats.
Students struggling with math skills and teachers wanting to learn new math teaching concepts can now get help through the Center for Practice, Research and Innovation in Mathematics Education, or the PRIME Center.
PRIMING THE PIPELINE: Mary Cavanagh, shown Friday afternoon in the math lab at ASU Polytechnic in Mesa, is executive director of the Center for Practice, Research and Innovation in Mathematics Education. Through tutoring, math labs, professional development and community outreach, the center's goal is to improve math concepts in today's students.
PREPARING FOR AIMS: The Desert Mountain Elementary school fourth grade class of teacher Kelli Jack will be taking the AIMS test in the spring. About 85 percent of last year's fourth graders passed the test.julio jimenez, tribune
Margaret Floyd lifts a brown shiny cockroach out of its plastic temporary home and lets it crawl around on her hand, causing first-grader Henry Sua-rez to gasp, his eyes widening. "La cucaracha," he says.
Alan Shumway works inside a monument to capitalism, but ask him about about the American economy and he’s an honest as the man on the penny.
“No single person can train all the math and science teachers we’ll need to equip our children for the future,” (2013 president’s inaugural address).
East Valley schools are teaching science better than many schools in Arizona, according to the science AIMS test results released today by the state Department of Education.
Merry Wilson hopes to someday fix a gaping hole in earth science education. Wilson, a geology professor at Scottsdale Community College, said this branch of science carries a poor reputation as a topic relegated to the bottom rung of learners. High schools sometimes call it "rocks for jocks.’’
The National Science Foundation has awarded a $900,000 grant to Maricopa Community Colleges. The Advanced Technology Education grant is designed to support the district’s High Tech Workforce Initiative. This is the second grant NSF has awarded the Maricopa colleges in support of this initiative. According to a press release, “Over the course of the three-year grant, the High Tech Workforce Initiative is expected to connect faculty members with organizations developing or adopting emerging technologies to develop and deliver timely curriculum that prepares the technology workforce. The grant also supports the deployment of comprehensive outreach efforts designed to attract youth and young adults to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) based education and careers.”
Students and teachers of the biomedical science program at Gilbert’s Campo Verde High School have been invited to present at the Project Lead The Way Innovation Summit in Washington, D.C., in October.
Arizona Foundation for Contemporary Theology will host a workshop, “The Guiding-Organizing-Designing (GOD) Process,” 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. April 5 at Faith Lutheran Church, 801 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix.
Arizona’s students trail the nation in reading and math scores — and now they can add science to that list. The National Center for Education Statistics released science scores on Wednesday for 44 participating states in a nationwide assessment.
In the past 50 years, the United States gradually lost its franchise for mass manufacturing on everything from plastic toys and metal screws to automobiles and computer microprocessors. Many items we once bought almost exclusively from domestic companies, such as televisions, are no longer manufactured here.
Christian Science lecturer Robert Gilbert, who has worked at the church’s world headquarters in Boston as an authority on spiritual healing and medicine, will give a free onehour lecture in March in Scottsdale and Mesa on the theme “Spirituality, Health and Well-Being: Explore the Healing Connection.”
There’s no question that Gunther von Hagens’ Body Worlds exhibits are raking in huge profits, breaking attendance records at science museums across the country and offering something most people can’t see anywhere else — the inside of human
A Jan. 12 announcement about the first round of grants from the Science Foundation of Arizona renews our concerns about allowing this group to fund education projects with little state oversight.
The Arizona Science Teachers Association recently honored Mesa’s Aaron Done as the “new science teacher of the year.” Done teaches eighth-graders at Rhodes Junior High School.
Beefing up science instruction at junior high schools is proving a difficult task for the Mesa Unified School District.
Sally Ride, America’s first female astronaut, will host the second Valley of the Sun Science Festival on Saturday at the Barrett Honors College at Arizona State University. The festival is open to girls in grades 5 through 8 — the age when many girls begin to drift from their natural interests in science and math.
May 10, 2004
When Katrina Vance was in junior high school, she never thought about a career in engineering.
REDMOND, Wash. - Speaking to hundreds of university professors, Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates says he's baffled more students don't go into computer science.