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Science taking its place among the basics in education in Colorado Springs-area schools

Education’s three Rs are sharing the limelight with the next letter of the alphabet, S for science.

Discovery Canyon Campus middle school’s 250 sixth-graders are learning about “The Importance of Water” this week, with a mobile science center on wheels called The Mobile Earth + Space Observatory, or MESO.

Students are interacting with scientist educators from the Colorado Springs-based National Space Science & Technology Institute, as they explore the water cycle, watersheds, water purification and water conservation.

The weeklong program has been a year in the making, as sixth-grade science teachers Emily Heinrich and Licette Smith coordinated with the NSSTI staff to integrate MESO activities with curriculum.

The project teaches students vital environmental issues relating to Colorado water supplies with an emphasis on community-based concerns, he said.

The Women’s STEM Career Fair will be held 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Feb. 18 at the Space Foundation Discovery Center, 4425 Arrowswest Drive.

The keynote speaker is Jill Tietjen, an electrical engineer and president and CEO of Technically Speaking, an electric utilities consulting firm she founded in Greenwood Village.

The annual Pikes Peak Regional Science Fair will be held Feb. 23 at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs in Berger Hall in the University Center.

Entries will include students testing essential oils and whether they kill bacteria, solar energy projects to keep roads clear, environmental and geology experiments from the area and the perennially popular behavioral surveys, among others.

Approximately $8,000 in awards for first, second and third place per category and 40 special awards from area businesses will be given.

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Author Since: Sep 18, 2017

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