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ASU Prof’s grant lets Kyrene students tackle real-life science

May 10th, 2010 — 1:25pm

A group of Kyrene Centennial Middle School students were hiking down the side of South Mountain Tuesday when they paused to look at a tree.

“This is a Palo Verde,” said Karl Wyant, an Arizona State University doctoral student who was leading a lesson on ecology. He then asked the students for theories on why its leaves were so small.

This isn’t a normal science class – the 17 students participating in this lesson are part of an after-school science, technology, engineering and math club led by ASU students. The club is one project funded by a two-year, $1.7 million grant from the Science Foundation of Arizona, and one of the efforts ASU assistant professor Tirupalavanam Ganesh is working to make math and science more accessible to the public and more relevant to kids.

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