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SRP funds new math, science programs

Salt River Project has donated a total of $124,000 to implement special programs that support math and science education in 29 Arizona schools.

Recipients of Learning Grants by SRP are schools representing elementary through high grades all across the state. Grant funding will enable robotics and engineering courses and clubs, water testing and analysis, ecological conservation programs, gardening projects and more.

Below are just a few examples of the incredible programs being developed at a few of the recipient schools.

Photo courtesy of St. Thomas Aquinas Elementary.

Avondale. St. Thomas Aquinas will implement a program in which students will learn about the role water has played in Arizona’s history, work with water-saving devices and show their parents and fellow students what they’ve learned at a Water Conservation Awareness/Science Night.

Photo courtesy of Verde Valley Montessori.

Cottonwood. Verde Valley Montessori will now have a garden space at the Cottonwood Community Garden. Through the Life Cycle of a Garden Project, students will test soil, chart plant growth, prepare a meal from their crops and donate surplus of the harvest to a local food bank.

Fountain Hills  

Fountain Hills High School engineering students will construct and equip a solar-powered, fully robotic and automated astronomy observatory on the roof of the school’s science building with live Internet video feed. The district’s teachers will have access to the system to use as a teaching tool in their own classroom, and astronomy classes at Fountain Hills High School will also use data and images from the observatory for their own research projects.

Gilbert       

Gilbert Elementary will combine social studies and science to create a year-long theme that will incorporate the study of water throughout Arizona’s history. Students will use GPS devices for geocaching treasure hunts, study Theodore Roosevelt Dam, visit the Desert Botanical Garden and more, ending with a “Water Night” for parents and community members.

Laveen  

The Cesar Chavez High School robotics team students will compete in the FIRST Tech Challenge (beginning level robotics engineering), FIRST Lego League (intermediate level robotics with an emphasis on climate connections), and FIRST Robotics Competition (an expert level engineering competition involving improving the functionality of a robot system). They will also mentor elementary school students interested in learning about engineering.

Phoenix

Girls Leadership Academy of Arizona math and biology students will gather ecological and hydrological samples from the Nina Mason Pulliam Audubon Rio Salado restoration area in Phoenix. They will compare their data to 2008 data to determine changes in the habitat and hydrology, and will present their findings.

Scottsdale  

Mountainside Middle School sixth graders will lead a campaign for an energy-free day – “Lights Out Day” – to raise awareness about renewable technologies and saving energy. They will participate in several data analysis activities to determine the cost and energy savings for one day of no-energy use.

Tempe/Ahwatukee  

Desert Vista High School’s Engineering Academy students will participate in the Shell Eco-Marathon and design hydrogen-powered fuel cell vehicles. They will design and build three test vehicles with the goal of acquiring the highest miles per gallon, comparing different designs, constraints, and materials.

Find the complete list of recipients here. SRP annually gives more than $1.3 million in  contributions to educational programs and partnerships that provide teacher training, mentoring and hands-on learning. For more information, visit srpnet.com/education.

First Freshwater Academy to instruct teachers about water conservation

Theodore Roosevelt Dam. Photo courtesy of SRP.

Salt River Project is partnering with the City of Phoenix, Project WET and the Arizona Geographic Alliance to offer teachers an opportunity to participate in  a program about the role of water in Arizona’s past, present and future.

 

The inaugural Celebrating Freshwater in Arizona Educator Academy is being offered to educators as part of SRP’s upcoming “Together We Conserve” water-conservation and education campaign and the Theodore Roosevelt Dam centennial celebration in March.

Fourth- through 12th-grade educators chosen to participate can attend either the Spring Academy (Jan. 15, Feb. 12, March 12 and 18) or the Summer Academy (June 27-30). Teachers participating in the Spring Academy’s curriculum workshops will also take part in the Roosevelt Dam centennial, including a trip to Roosevelt Lake and a tour on top of the dam.

Teachers will have the opportunity to receive professional development and more than $250 in resources and materials for their classrooms pertaining to water in Arizona. Educators chosen also will receive a $250 stipend upon completion of the academy requirements. Eligible participants are those teaching within SRP’s service and impact areas, including Maricopa, Gila, Yavapai and Pinal counties as well as the cities of Page and St. Johns.

Applications for the Spring Academy are due by Dec. 1; the deadline to apply for the Summer Academy is May 1.

Applications can be downloaded from SRP’s website at srpnet.com/education or any of the other participating partners’ websites. More information is available from SRP Community Outreach representative Alison Smith at 602-236-2798.

About SRP: SRP is the greater Phoenix metropolitan area’s largest supplier of water, delivering about 1 million acre-feet to municipal, agricultural and urban water users. SRP is also the largest provider of power to the metropolitan area, providing electric service to more than 940,000 customers.