|Paige Henderson, left, a sixth-grader at Coyote Springs Elementary School, and younger sister, Sophia, a second-grader at CSES, work together to solve a horseshoe puzzle at Glassford Hill Middle School’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Kickoff on Feb. 13.|
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|Glassford Hill Middle School, one of 12 schools in Arizona chosen to receive $1,000 in grant money from Arizona Public Service, hosted a kickoff event to highlight its grade K-8 programs in science, technology, engineering and math - STEM. Photos by Sue Tone.|
Glassford Hill Middle School is one of 12 schools in Arizona chosen to participate in the STEM Focus Schools for the Future program, thanks to the Arizona Public Service Foundation. The Foundation gave a $250,000 grant to Center for Science Technology and Learning at Northern Arizona University to enhance teacher preparation in grade K-8 schools in science, technology, engineering and math - STEM.
The Center selected GHMS as one of 12 schools from 22 applicants for several reasons, said Jane Kirkley, professional development coordinator for the Center at NAU. Each school receives $1,000 to spend on science, technology, engineering and math.
Kirkley said GHMS Principal Terry Matteson, a former science teacher, and two "really strong teachers" helped put GHMS on the list of 12 winners.
Part of her job is to help sort out what works best in the 12 diverse schools to move them in a STEM direction. All 12 are different, but Glassford Hill is at the forefront. "The other schools are right at the beginning," she said.
Science teachers Chris Dalpaiz and Dave Kreutter will develop a plan to integrate STEM in other subjects so those teachers can support math and the sciences. For instance, Kirkley said Language Arts teachers, when teaching about reading for information, could show students how to read graphs and data.
On Feb. 13, the school hosted a STEM Kickoff event with representatives from NAU's Center, local organizations, and teachers. Students demonstrated different programs and units they are using in the Paxton-Patterson lab, such as computer-aided drafting, alternative energy, virtual architecture, structural engineering, computer graphics and animation, and digital music.
The library had stations set up with mind-boggling games and puzzles for students and parents to try. Other guests with stations included the Science Olympiad display, Out of Africa live animals and information, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University information, and the Prescott Valley Police Department with information on its Explorers program.