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cience is vital to advances in technology and medicine, as well as the driving force behind the newest gadgets, yet it remains one of the most stigmatized areas of study in the United States. Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) jobs are the fastestgrowing occupations in the United States, outpacing others at a rate of nearly 2-to-1 according to the U.S. Department of Commerce. By 2018, it’s anticipated that there will be more than 1.2 million job openings for scientists, doctors, software developers and engineers, based on statistics from the Department of Labor. At the same time, there will be a shortage of qualified graduates to fill these positions. Perhaps it’s because when most students think of science, they imagine a room filled with Bunsen burners, volumes of textbooks and reclusive scientists. But these days, science education is exhilarating and engaging. Educators from the elementary to postgraduate levels must provide stimulating and fulfilling learning experiences that serve to ignite students’ passion for science. This passion is ultimately what drives them to explore

careers rooted in STEM and fill the demand for an educated workforce. And once they’re in the classroom, we need to ensure they receive the best possible education. For example, job opportunities in forensic science are expected to increase by nearly 20 percent over the next 10 years. At Grand Canyon University, we just added a stateof-the-art DNA lab. As part of our forensic science program, students are tasked with collecting, extracting and analyzing real DNA, much like they will be asked to do in the workplace. We’re also helping local high school students explore the science of forensics through our annual Forensic Science Day, where students explore areas of DNA analysis and other detail-oriented fields in laboratory science or criminal justice. Through engaging and applied experiences like these, educators can show students how science is relevant to them and inspire youth to pursue careers in these vital fields. With a concerted effort, Arizona’s educators can reinvigorate young minds, make science cool again, and prepare aspiring scientists to fill the demand for some of the highestpaying jobs.

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iberty Arts Academy hosted an anti-bullying campaign featuring Anthony “Buckets” Blakes from the legendary Harlem Globetrotters on February 5. Blakes, a native of Phoenix, delivered the ‘ABCs of Bullying Prevention,’ the team’s new community outreach program. “Being a native of Phoenix, it’s always a virtuous feeling to return home and share some wisdom with the students. Especially, when it comes to our ‘ABC’s of Bullying Prevention Program’, in which we, as human beings, and the Harlem Globetrotters want all children to learn in a worry-free environment,” said Blakes. The Globetrotters, in conjunction with the National Campaign to Stop Violence (NCSV), developed the program to teach children how to support one another and help put an end to bullying. The program, designed to reach 6 to 12-year-old children, focuses on the “ABCs” of bullying prevention: Action, Bravery and Compassion. Blakes used this platform to discuss with students how they can use these every day to stop bullying. Using the idea of teamwork, central to the Harlem Globetrotters’ thrilling live exhibitions, Blakes demonstrated the importance of teamwork in bullying prevention. “Bullying prevention—I can’t think of a better way to present such a serious and important message to our students here at Liberty Arts Academy than through the greatest entertainers in the world, the HarIem Globetrotters,” said Darwin Russell, assistant school leader. Mr. Russell worked to bring the program to LAA, which was one of two Charter schools in Arizona chosen to participate in the antibullying program. In addition, LAA families and friends were able to purchase discount tickets to the

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Imagine Schools West Gilbert How long have you been a part of the Cheer program at Imagine? Taliah C.: Two years. Kaylee R.: I have been doing cheer for two years. Emily B.: I have been participating in cheer for two years. Aaliyah R.: I have been in cheer for five months.

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Our camps (Camp Maripai, Shadow Rim Ranch, Willow Springs, and Day Camp on the Road) offer affordable, girl-centered programs. Three overnight camps are located in the Prescott and Payson areas where girls create memories, make lifelong friends and learn new skills. Activities include horseback riding, archery, ceramics, rock climbing, dance, drama, day trips and more! Day Camp on the Road brings the magic of camp to Flagstaff, Window Rock, Lake Havasu and metro Phoenix for a fun-filled week of activities. Girl Scouts build girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place. You don’t have to be a Girl Scout to attend camp! 119 E Coronado, Phoenix Contact: 602-452-7000

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DRAMa club DRAMA TEACHER BARBARA YOUKERS How long have you been head of the Drama Club? 12 years What made you want to be a part of the Drama Club and were you in Drama when you were in school? I was very shy as an elementary student, but when I was in high school I found away to come out of my shell. Drama provided a way to put myself out there. You aren’t you, you become the character you are playing.  I wanted to pass this revolution on to the students at CEE. Many shy students have been in our drama club over the years and to see the transformation is awesome. As the art teacher at CEE the designing of the sets is a passion. I choose a play when I can envision the set. It all works together. What was your favorite subject in school?  Art and English What are some of the things that you can do with your students? The first semester we have what we call Drama School where we learn staging, memorizing and projection. We play many games which help with these

What is your favorite part of being in the Drama Club? ALEXIS: I get to act. I have friends that I meet in drama. TERA: I get to act, sing, and be myself. TONY: My favorite part is meeting new people and expressing myself.  TIMARA: My favorite part of being in Drama is getting to spend time with my classmates. Drama is an awesome place to meet new friends who love acting as much as you do.     What do you like the most about Mrs. Youkers? ALEXIS: She’s nice! She helps us learn how to be our character. TERA: She is fun, helps me learn more, and is a great director. TONY: She is very confident and nice and she is the best director in the 21st century.  TIMARA: My favorite thing about Mrs. Youkers is that she is playful and animated.

areas. In October, for our World’s Fair, the actors perform 10-15 mini plays that they direct, act and make all their sets, props, and costumes. This activity helps to prepare them for our main production in May.  What is your favorite movie of all time? What is your favorite current movie? I’m not a huge movie fan, but still if you were to ask me about plays I would have a hard time choosing. I love musicals, Wicked is a favorite and I just saw Peter Pan with Kathy Rigby it was awesome, and then there was Mama Mia, I loved that too! I guess you could say its in my blood, I love Broadway Productions, I recently went to New York and saw Chicago. I loved it.  Did you want to be an actress when you were growing up? What kid doesn’t, but as a young child I was way too shy, but I am so thankful for my high school experiences.

What is your favorite play that you have seen? ALEXIS: Wizard of Oz at a children’s theater. TERA: My favorite play is Little House on the Prairie. TONY: My favorite play that I have seen was the West Side Story. TIMARA: My favorite play that I’ve seen is Wicked.   What is your favorite play you have participated in at CEE?    ALEXIS: Summer Drama Camp at CEE when we did Peggy the Pint Sized Pirate. TERA: My favorite play is Still Life with Iris. TONY: Probably Adventures of a Comic Book Artist. TIMARA: The Big Bad Musical was my favorite play I’ve performed at CEE. I performed it in 5th grade, and made a ton of memories.  


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The Importance of Academic Engagement During Summer Break by: Laura Petersen, M.A.E.D.


ids look forward to summer as a welcomed break from the ole’ routine and a chance to spend time with friends. However, summer break is also a time that kids NEED to stay academically engaged. Let’s look at the issue more closely and see how parents can keep kids plugged into the academic world over the summer.

Why Is Academic Engagement in the Summer Important?

Synaptic Connections Our brains need regular stimulation and engagement to continue to build and maintain strong synaptic connections between neurons. While there are some savant counterexamples, the majority of us need to keep doing something in order to improve and not slip backward. Becoming an “Expert” In his book Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell describes how research and examination of case studies (like Bill Gates, elite violinists, and The Beatles) reveal we need approximately 10,000 hours of practice to achieve true expertise. Once a musician has enough ability to get into a top music school, the thing that distinguishes one performer from another is how hard he or she works. That’s it. ~Malcolm Gladwell Kids are no exception. If Johnny struggles with math, he is likely behind his age group in

relative mastery hours. With a two-month break, he falls even further behind. Summer offers time to accumulate experiential hours toward mastery. There is even time to fill deficits not possible during the hectic school year. Getting Into College Improve college applications by: studying for SATs or AIMS, taking a class toward high school graduation and/or collegiate prerequisites, learning a new skill like computer programming or digital art design, or improving writing skills through workshop.

How Can I Keep My Kid Academically Engaged in the Summer?

Summer School Classes Courses are often less crowded and assignments more condensed, allowing students to: catch-up, stay engaged, and get ahead. Be sure to look at what the local community college has to offer! Most credits can transfer toward a future 4-year degree. Academic Summer Camps or Summer Programs Academic summer programs are terrific for keeping kids academically engaged,

LAA provides personal attention in a creative learning environment. LAA offers academic excellence; electives that include fine arts, drama, yearbook, and service learning; athletics and advanced learning opportunities, including dual enrollment in high school.

and often times without their realizing it! When do normal K-12 students learn about the engineering behind building a robot? Likely never! But in summer programs, kids gain valuable handson experience learning how things work, interacting with college profes- sors, and meeting other great kids. Note: Also a rich source for future letters of recommendation! Tutoring Many parents report significant gains in knowledge, understanding, and comfort levels after summer tutoring. From in-home to in-center, from private to group, do a little research and see what is the best fit for your child and his/her situation. Parent-Directed Projects Design projects, experiments, and investigatory activities to keep your kids academically engaged at home! Search through the plethora of books by subject and grade level from a local library or bookstore. Consider teaming up with another family too. If you found Practice isn’tthese thetips thing you do once you’re helpful, stay tuned for a good. It’s the you do that makes you web video blogthing version good.” ~ Malcolm with visual examples!Gladwell Also follow me at

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We found the best upcoming events around the Valley for you and your family! Mar. 17

St. Patrick’s Day Tumble Time

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, children are invited to come to The Arizona Sunrays dressed in their favorite green t-shirt, leotard, or anything green! Anyone wearing green will save $1.00 OFF admission! The Open Gym “tumble time” is held every Sunday from 10 to 11:30 a.m. for ages 1–12. Children get to play on various pieces of gymnastics equipment and in foam pits, jump up and down on trampolines, and enjoy unstructured exercise, play time and fun. Cost is $5 per child (cash) or $8 per child (debit/credit.) Adult supervision is required for children under 6 years. Open to members and non-members. 3110 E. Thunderbird Road, Phoenix. (602) 992-5790 or

Mar. 30

Pajama Party

The Arizona Sunrays Gymnastics & Dance Center will host a special “Kids’ Night Out” Pajama Party from 6 to 10 p.m. for ages 3 to 13. Dress the kids in their favorite PJ’s so they can enjoy a great evening of gymnastics, organized games, sports, jumping in a bounce house and on trampolines, and then wind down the evening by watching a movie. Pizza, snacks, and drinks are included. Cost is $25 per child with a $5 off sibling discount. Advanced registration is required. 3110 E. Thunderbird Road, Phoenix. (602) 992-5790 or

ongoing FREE Baby Splash Swim Classes

Hubbard Family Swim School’s new Riverview location conveniently located near Scottsdale - offers FREE “baby splash” swim classes every day of the week except Mondays for babies 8 weeks to 5 months of age. These 30-minute water acclimation classes give parents or caregivers a chance to learn excellent tips on how to enjoy tub time at home with baby and also learn how to prepare baby for swim lessons. The temperature of the heated, indoor swimming pools is 90 degrees all year long. Babies love it! Advanced registration is required. Please call ahead to learn about the many different class times and space availability. 1061 N. Dobson Road, Suite 101, Mesa. (602) 971-4044 or

Mar. 23

Indoor Family Swim for Children with Special Needs

Hubbard Family Swim School’s new Riverview location - conveniently located near Scottsdale - invites all children with any kind of special need and their families to come to a monthly, fun-filled swim event from 2:30 to 4:30p.m. This indoor, family swimming event is held on the 4th Saturday of every month. All ages are welcome. Children must be accompanied by parents. There are two, heated 90-degree indoor pools. They are four feet deep with ledges and steps for exploration and fun. There are also showers and a changing area. Lifeguards will be present. All swimmers, regardless of aptitude are encouraged to participate. Cost is $10 per family. Advanced registration is not required. Just show up and have some fun! 1061 N. Dobson Road, Suite 101, Mesa. (602) 971-4044 or

Apr. 14

FREE Open House at Friendly Pines Camp in Prescott

For families who would like to learn more about Friendly Pines Camp in Prescott, this renowned, 72-year old sleepaway camp for boys and girls will host an exciting Open House event on Sunday, April 14, from 11 a.m. to 3p.m. Bring the whole family for a fun-filled day of camp tours, wagon rides, toasting marshmallows, zip line rides, drawings for prizes, delicious refreshments, and more. A free buffet lunch will be served. The camp staff will also discuss with new parents all the emotional and physical benefits of sending children to a sleepaway camp for the first time. Friendly Pines Camp is available for children ages 6 through 13 and offers a wide range of traditional camp activities: sports, horseback riding, waterskiing, rock climbing, performing arts, fine arts, pets, hiking, canoe, kayaking, and more. The camp is located at 933 East Friendly Pines Road, Prescott. Advanced registration for the Open House is requested. Call (928) 4452128. For more information, visit www. friendlypines. com


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