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HUSD participates in STEM Focus; students learn about career paths

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Teachers Leta Barnes and Mark Feeney, and Mountain View Principal Joanne Bindell participate in an activity.

Courtesy photo<br> Teachers Leta Barnes and Mark Feeney, and Mountain View Principal Joanne Bindell participate in an activity.

Mountain View Elementary School's Classical Enrichment program is moving full STEAM ahead as part of an extended curriculum at no cost to students.

STEAM stands for science, technology, engineering, arts, and math. Students in first through sixth grades have the opportunity to take additional classes to enrich their lives in the STEAM subjects. Each class runs for 10 weeks and are on Friday afternoons from 2 to 3 p.m. A parent night follows each course with performances, experiments, and hands-on experiences for all those in attendance.

Glassford Hill Middle School offers quarterly Engineering Expos and Career Panel of Experts for students to work on Engineering Projects in a real-world setting.

The Career Panel of Experts bring people from across the community who have STEM careers and students are able to select which fields they would like to explore and spend an hour with these community members learning about the various jobs in STEM.

These quarterly, daylong celebrations are the culminating activity to the STEM integration weeks. GHMS also host an annual A+STEM Night where the community is invited in to a variety of displays and hands on activities exploring STEM Fields.

The GHMS A+STEM night will be on April 30, 2015, in conjunction with the Prescott Region SciTech Festival at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University on April 17 and 18.

Both GHMS and MVES will have student displays at the SciTech Festival.

Students at both schools are creating outdoor learning spaces that depict a living model/lab of a riparian habitat. The curriculum is developed in partnership with the Prescott Highlands Center. Student projects will establish a rainwater catchment and storage system to support the environmental problem solving lessons.

Mountain View was just awarded a $4,700 grant from the AZ Science Center to be used to start a STEM Club. The Outdoor Classrooms will become focal points for the Prescott Valley Community in the future.

Glassford Hill Middle School and Mountain View Elementary School staff recently attended the kickoff for Northern Arizona University Science Technology Engineering Math (STEM) Focus Schools training.

For information, call 928-759-4000, visit HUSD online at or on Facebook and Twitter.

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