LCHS Students Seek to Inspire at Science Camp

Members of La Cañada High School’s Science National Honors Society are serving as mentors at a summer camp this week, teaching 4th-, 5th- and 6th-graders through activities such as slime-making, tower-building and aluminum-foil boat racing for 1½ hours each afternoon.
LCHS students began planning the camp about three weeks ago, brainstorming a “whiteboard full of ideas,” said society member Jon Potter, a senior. The mentors were excited about working with youngsters because they had all been inspired by outreach programs in elementary school and wanted to provide that same spark for the younger students. Continue reading “LCHS Students Seek to Inspire at Science Camp”

JPL Academy Students Delight in Discovering

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Pinky Brandeau and Emily Sleeper were part of the “Skyentists” team, along with David Getzen, which participated in last week’s “final launch” at the Mars Yard at Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Thirty-five imaginative La Cañada High School students used a variety of contraptions, from bungee cords to hand cranks, to launch a variety of projectiles such as tennis balls, sponges and shoeboxes, skyward on Friday in the Mars Yard at Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
For the fifth year, LCHS students participated in the JPL Space Academy, an extracurricular program held in the fall that offers participants a real-world experience requiring them to work on their engineering skills — as well as business, communication and collaboration abilities. Continue reading “JPL Academy Students Delight in Discovering”

Bill Nye the Science Guy Excites LCF Crowd

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Gregory Mone and Bill Nye discuss their book series, “Jack and the Geniuses,” during an event Sept. 14 at Flintridge Bookstore & Coffeehouse.

Bill Nye the Science Guy was greeted like a rock star by a crowd of 325 people who gathered to hear him and co-author Gregory Mone discuss their book series, “Jack and the Geniuses,” on Thursday, Sept. 14, at Flintridge Bookstore & Coffeehouse’s outdoor parking lot.
“Helloooo Flintridge!” the former TV star and renowned science personality shouted into his microphone over the cheering crowd, which consisted of fans of all ages. Nye went on to share some of his motivation for writing the series, which combines real-world science along with mysterious adventure in a way that’s meant to leave young readers guessing until the end. Continue reading “Bill Nye the Science Guy Excites LCF Crowd”

PUSD Preschool Fairs Scheduled Throughout April

Preschools in Pasadena Unified include STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) learning.

Pasadena Unified School District’s preschools are holding fairs in April for prospective families to tour classrooms, register and learn about the preschool curriculum that is developing creative and confident learners.
Full-day preschools are offered at Pasadena Unified Children’s Centers, where the curriculum features opportunities for hands-on exploration and discovery to help build enduring critical thinking skills — and foster confidence so that young children are well-prepared for kindergarten.
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