STEM students showcase science projects

April 20th, 2012 — 10:00am

by Marcy McMacken
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PHOENIX — Some middle-school students in the Kyrene School District teamed up with Arizona State University doctoral students to create unique science projects and showcased them Thursday night.

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ASU Doctoral Students Work with 6th, 7th and 8th Graders on STEM Experiments in After School Program funded by Science Foundation Arizona

April 13th, 2012 — 10:23pm

250 Kyrene Students to Present Results and Projects at April 19 Event

PHOENIX (April 13, 2012) – For the past nine weeks, 250 middle school students from the Kyrene School District have been performing a variety of STEM experiments and projects such as using hydrogen fuel cells to power toy cars to designing their own aliens based on their growing knowledge of molecular and cellular biology. On Thursday, April 19, the students will present the results of their experiments and projects to more than 750 family and community members, as well as special guest speaker, Craig Barrett, Chair, Arizona Ready and retired CEO of Intel. The event will take place at Kyrene School District’s Centennial Middle School Gymnasium at 6:00 p.m.

The ASU Citizen Scientist-Engineer @ Kyrene after-school program taps into student interest in pursuing careers in STEM-related fields utilizing Science Foundation Arizona’s Graduate Research Fellows (GRF) from ASU and ASU science and engineering faculty. The Graduate Research Fellow doctoral students worked side-by-side with teachers and students from six Kyrene middle schools on science and engineering projects touching on everything from the design of water filtration devices to alternative and renewable energy models and exploratory microbiology and genetics.
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ASU Citizen Scientist Engineer @ Kyrene program will offer 11 after-school programs in the Spring 2012 semester

December 1st, 2011 — 9:48pm

ASU doctoral students cultivate future scientists and engineers in the Kyrene middle schools
In the Spring 2012 semester, middle school students in the Kyrene School District will learn from ASU doctoral students the practical applications of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in a changing world. The project goals are to make science and engineering relevant to K-12 students as an investment in future innovation, to increase public engagement with science, and to develop ASU Graduate Research Fellows as citizen scientist-engineers who can effectively communicate their science and engineering knowledge and research to K-12 students, their families and their communities.

Launched in Spring 2010, the ASU Citizen Scientist-Engineer @ Kyrene program, is a three-year K-12 education project, funded by the Science Foundation of Arizona (SFAz). ASU doctoral students funded by the SFAz lead after-school groups of Kyrene Middle School students in hands-on explorations designed to nurture the middle school students’ natural curiosity and develop observation and analytical skills through hands-on experience. The expanded program will be offered at Akimel A-al Middle School, Altadena Middle School, Aprende Middle School, Centennial Middle School, Kyrene del Pueblo Middle School, and Kyrene Middle School.

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