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Grant takes science out of the classroom
When Charlene Shea and Sarah Whitley lead Gaiser Middle School students down a path to the school’s watershed, they are paving the way to a better appreciation of the world of science. That’s because these science lessons are based on the real-world application of observation and research. It's hands-on and minds-on science. > > >

Students engineer robots
Hundreds of young students converged on Salmon Creek Elementary School in December to demonstrate their research and knowledge of biomedicine. The event was Body Forward, the 2010 challenge of the FIRST Lego League Qualifying Tournament.

In the Body Forward challenge, teams of nine- to 14-year-olds explored the cutting-edge world > > >

Robots advance to higher levels
Skvyiew High School students were among dozens of volunteers at the Lego League tournament. Most are members of the award-winning Skyview Stormbot FRC Team 2811. They brought their large, competition robot to show the younger students how robotics can progress. Skyview students also coached two teams from Salmon Creek Elementary School. “Having someone with experience in the competition helps the new teams,” said Aric Krause, president of the Skyview robotics club.

“We show them that this type of competition does not stop at elementary or middle school. They can keep going if they want to,” said Stormbot Jeff Bergeson.

Grad shares his field of dreams
The environmental magnet program at Hudson’s Bay High School has opened fascinating fields of study (literally) for Shawn Gist, a 2008 Bay graduate. He treks through cow pastures and fields for his research. Shawn is so enthralled with the opportunities he’s discovering, he used his spring break to fly from New York to Vancouver to share his story with Bay students in the ACES > >

Classroom project wins award for sustainability
A team from Hudson’s Bay proved it can solve real-world problems. The team won a Best Project Award and a Global Impact Award at the Imagine Tomorrow problem-solving competition at Washington State University Pullman in May. This year’s competition challenged high school teams across Washington to address energy sustainability. > >