Education news from around Idaho

Four students advance to international science fair

More than 60 students from 9 schools participated in the first-ever Western Idaho Science and Engineering Fair on Saturday at Boise State University. Students showcased their projects dealing with science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Vision Charter School students Taylor Herndon, Brooklyn Legg and Luke Campbell and Centennial High School student Sriram Gopalakrishnan won best in fair.

The two teams won an all-expense-paid trip to Los Angeles to compete at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair on May 14.

Boise students teach seniors about technology

Timberline High School teens are helping senior citizens bridge the technological divide by teaching them how to use tablets and mobile devices. Students will meet with the residents of The Terraces, a retirement community in Boise, for an educational session called “Tech Time” on Friday. The session includes how to use phone apps, a phone camera and functions of social media.

The students are a part of a group called “The Wolf Connection Program,” which seeks to build connections at Timberline High School and beyond by providing a leadership program that empowers students to make the most of their life.

Charter school hosts math seminar for educators

Nearly 50 teachers from around the country are spending Tuesday and Wednesday at Anser Charter School in Garden City to participate in a seminar on building conceptual understanding in math.  The two-day seminar allows educators to engage in conversations with students and teachers exploring research on the social, behavioral and cognitive influences on conceptual understanding.

Educators will:

  • Engage in professional development with the Anser Charter School staff.
  • Hear students present their math strategies.
  • Observe classroom math instruction.

Through these activities, attendees will discover how Anser’s math program helps students build success through focusing on math structures, language, model and emphasizing math practices through the lens of character and habits.

Lawmakers take steps to raise health awareness in schools

Idaho legislators and Rep. Mike Simpson will walk with kids and raise money for schools on Wednesday in Downtown Boise — all to promote a healthy and active lifestyle.

The High Five Children’s Health Collaborative is encouraging legislators to learn about the health of Idaho students by challenging them to improve their own habits during the legislative session. Through Steps for Schools, 50 legislators are wearing FitBits to track their activity during the month of February. The three winners who reach the most steps will earn $3,000, $2,000 or $1,000 for a school. The money can be used for fitness equipment or other opportunities to promote health.

The walk begins at 12:15 on the Statehouse steps.

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