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STEM education a hands-on program

May 18th, 2011 — 5:33am

By Whitney Begin Special to Ahwatukee Foothills News

Photo by: Brian Johnson, Ahwatukee Foothills News
STEM club
Navneet Kumar, 12, takes the opportunity to check out
additional information in"The Nature of Arizona" book
while ASU grad student Karl Wyant describes aspects
of a native tree that grows near the
students' school, Centennial Middle School. May 4, 2010

Editor’s note: This is the last in a three-part series of stories exploring new programs the Kyrene School District may provide to students early as next school year.

While Lisa Randall explained how her seventh-grade students connected circuits, created switches and set up sensors that circled the classroom, she admitted how different it was from how she learned about chain reactions.

“I was taught in all my science classes, including high school and college, through a textbook and when we did do activities they were cookbook instruction experiments where the end result was predetermined,” she said.

Randall, an instructional facilitator employed through Arizona State University, has instead used inquiry-based learning and projects without the support of a textbook in the three sections of her elective class offered at Kyrene Aprende Middle School.

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