March/April 2017 – Vol. 29 No. 6

Journalists of the Sea King News Bring You Technology, Engineering, and Science!

Posted: Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

7th graders Siena O’Regan and Mehak Dedmari interview 8th grade STEM student Ryan Bloodgood.

7th graders Siena O’Regan and Mehak Dedmari interview 8th grade STEM student Ryan Bloodgood.

Journalists from the Sea King News at Palos Verdes Intermediate School (PVPUSD, Los Angeles County) have been hard at work.  They have stepped up to do a special report for CSTA!  Check out their video broadcast, highlighting how their school uses technology and engineering to help students understand math and science.  Under the spotlight in this episode is the school’s STEM program, a series of very popular elective classes.  See why students love this program so much, how it helps them bridge understanding in their other classes, and how students recognize the impact it will have on their future.

7th graders Mehak Dedmari and Sereene Saab do the final video edits.

7th graders Mehak Dedmari and Sereene Saab do the final video edits.

A special thank you to PVIS STEM teachers, Kurt Hay, Scott Garman, and Jackie Starodub for supporting our reporters and to journalism teacher, Sue Demerjian for guiding her students in use of technology to support Common Core instruction, bringing beat reporting to life!  We’d like you to know that this video is entirely conceptualized, filmed, produced, and edited by students!

Written by Jill Grace

Jill Grace

Jill Grace is a Regional Director for the K-12 Alliance and is the President-elect for CSTA.

14 Responses

  1. Great work! I know these kids worked very hard on this video and they did an amazing job.

  2. Wow! A great video showing so much of what is great about science and STEM at PVIS.

  3. Three cheers for FUTURE ENGINEERS! Good work! Love your ROBOTS!

  4. Man, it is so great to see students that are actually getting “hands on” experiences with science. From the journalists that produced this great video (that was not an easy task), to the students in the STEM classes – it is obvious that they are engaged!

  5. What an amazing program!!

  6. Kia Ora!

  7. Not only did the kids make an amazing video, but they have also been creating amazing STEM projects. Through stellar teaching, these kids have been encouraged to experiment – a scary prospect for some. Good job to all of you! Very inspiring!

  8. I am so impressed by these enthusiastic, knowledgable, and well spoken students! They display such professionalism — and they are enjoying it! Great job:-)

  9. Fantastic job! We love everything STEM here in The Rocket City, Huntsville, AL. Shared this with my husband who works for NASA as an engineer and he was quite impressed!

  10. Great video about a great program! Makes me want to be back at PVIS!

  11. What an inspiration! Congratulations to the students on a job well done, and thank you to all those involved for a behind-the-scenes tour of such an incredible program!

  12. The video does a great job showcasing STEM and PVIS! I’m pleased that the exposure is providing some connection between their science/math classes and real world application. I want to go play in the STEM lab too! Great job Sea Kings!

  13. Great job, everyone!

  14. Wonderful, informative video. Very well done. 🙂 So jealous of all the state-of-the-art technology these students get to work with – MakerBot 3D printers, aerial drones! Very cool. 🙂

    As a programmer, it’s great to see young students writing their own code and then watching their robots respond to their commands.

    Great work everyone.

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The decision by the CSTA Board of Directors to support the March for Science was based on the understanding that this is an opportunity to advocate for our mission of high quality science education for all and to advance the idea that science has application to everyday life, is a vehicle for lifelong learning, and the scientific enterprise expands our knowledge of the world around us. The principles and goals of the March for Science parallel those of CSTA to assume a leadership role in solidarity with our colleagues in science and science education and create an understanding of the value of science in the greater community. CSTA believes that the integrity of the nature of science and that the work of scientists and science educators should be valued and supported. We encourage your participation to stand with us.

There are over 30 satellite marches planned for the April 22, 2017 March for Science in California (to find a march near you, click on “marches” in the upper right of the main page, select “satellite marches” and use the search feature). We encourage members who participate in the March for Science to share their involvement and promotion of science and science education. Feel free to promote CSTA on your signs and banners. For those on social media, you may share your involvement via Twitter, @cascience and our Facebook groups.

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CSTA represents science educators statewide—in every science discipline at every grade level, Kindergarten through University.

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Posted: Tuesday, March 14th, 2017

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For tips on how to approach this document see our article from December 2016: California Has Adopted a New Science Curriculum Framework – Now What …? If you would like to learn more about the Framework, consider participating in one of the Framework Launch events (a.k.a. Rollout #4) scheduled throughout 2017.

The final publication version (formatted for printing) will be available in July 2017. This document will not be available in printed format, only electronically.

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