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Welding project solders teamwork, confidence
Most teachers don’t need an 18-foot trailer to haul classroom supplies. Then again, most teachers aren’t David Richards, who coordinates the Welding/Fabrication Technology Program of Choice at Fort Vancouver High School.
Twitter has acted as an agent of foreign and domestic revolutions, announced earthquakes before they hit, and given non-celebrities direct access to the famous. But could it also be the vehicle for meaningful conversations, 140 characters at a time, about opportunity gaps in education?
Salmon Creek Huskybots battle
nature’s fury in robotics showdown
The uptick in natural disasters over the last 30 years has challenged future scientists and engineers to develop ways to prepare for and manage the fallout from future incidents. But first they have to master their Legos.
Fulbright Distinguished Teacher
returns to Fort Vancouver
In 2012, Fort Vancouver High School teacher librarian Kate Burton received a Distinguished Fulbright Award in Teaching. It was a dream come true for Burton. During the 2012-2013 school year, she spent six months studying at Sheffield Hallam University in Sheffield, England, a working-class city about 160 miles northwest of London.
At Lewis and Clark, students chart their own paths
In the spirit of the school’s namesakes, students at Lewis and Clark High School are charting their own paths to success. Last fall, the school debuted a learning model that puts academic progress in their hands.
A large figure stands atop a pile of blazing books in the English wing at Fort Vancouver High School. Nearby, the dark silhouette of Hamlet declaims to Yorick’s skull. George and Lennie sit quietly by the Salinas River, and Edgar Allen Poe stares at passersby.
“Remember your roots,” reads a tile placed along a gravel path behind Hough Elementary School. “Enjoy the view,” says another. Now, thanks to a community effort that transformed a section of the schoolyard into an outdoor learning lab, Hough students can do both without having to journey far.
Fruit Valley to farm: 4th-graders harvest potatoes, fun
Conventional wisdom holds that living within your harvest is good practice. But planting and reaping the harvest? That’s even better, as 4th-graders from Fruit Valley Community Learning Center recently discovered.
How did this accident happen? Does that bag contain a bomb? Can we get the hostage out safely? Vancouver Police on the traffic investigation team and bomb squad are trained to handle serious questions. To get the answers, they use tools like cameras, robots, and computers. And they use extensive knowledge of math and science.
Tucked in a quiet Hazel Dell neighborhood, Sacajawea Elementary School isn’t usually the center of attention. But on Sept. 19, educators and policymakers traveled up to 3,600 miles to visit. They came to see how students at Sacajawea are saving energy, improving the environment, and developing healthful habits in the process.