Geoff Notkin visits Biosphere 2 where he meets Science Director, Peter Troch, and together they find answers to three questions: How did life start? What is the role of life in the hydrological cycle? How do ecosystems change with climate change?
You wouldn’t expect to find an oceanographer working in the middle of the desert, but oceanographer Susanne Neuer shows Geoff Notkin how studying Arizona’s rivers is helping Researchers who are exploring the Sargasso Sea.
Youth STEM Investigator, Bekah, visits the Tres Rios Wetlands and meets civil engineer, Robert Upham. Robert explains how civil engineers designed and built the wetlands that are used as a waste water treatment plant. The wetlands treat reclaimed water from one of Arizona’s largest waste water treatment facilities before the water goes into the Salt River.
Zumba has made it easier for hundreds of thousands of people to get up and get moving — JR and Vanessa join in on the exercise!
Watch this segment for a special story about Core CrossFit. CrossFit has quickly become a very popular form of exercise for children and adults alike. Children in the Garfield School District have their very own children’s workout program thanks to Core CrossFit.
For more information, please visit: www.corecrossfit.com
It was conceived as an opportunity, to give underperforming students at a neighboring public high school free, individualized math and English homework help in a safe environment where they also could grab a snack and watch a little TV after studying. But in just four months, the Grand Canyon University Learning Lounge has evolved into an experience for more than 150 Alhambra High students, some who have now passed Arizona’s high school graduation test and are contemplating their careers.
In its second semester of operation, the Lounge is expanding its outreach, hiring more tutors and requesting extra meals from a partnering community food bank and, soon, moving to GCU’s new four-story classroom building. Also, starting this month, tutors will travel to Faith Christian School in east Mesa, and students from Maryvale High will be bused to GCU’s campus, to begin tutoring sessions.
The Learning Lounge was launched in September in the old GCU Annex just west of campus. It’s a comfortable place where kids can get help and relax Monday through Friday, 3 to 8 p.m.
The tutors worked with nearly 175 students, about six percent of the school’s population, and provided 139 days – 835 hours – of extra instructional time during the Lounge’s first 60 days. Students at Bourgade Catholic High, a GCU educational partner about a mile south of campus, also were invited to the Lounge last semester.
In November, the Lounge and its overstuffed chairs and couches, stacks of books and CDs, study tables and computers were relocated to Building 9 on campus. With the move came the start of daily deliveries by St. Mary’s Food Bank of nutritious meals for the students.
Currently, St. Mary’s delivers each week about 100 meals, which have a variety of offerings from the five food groups. The quantity will expand with student demand this spring.
Having seen and heard what has been accomplished at Alhambra, Maryvale is all in. At a time when public school funding is tight, the school, which is about four miles southwest of GCU, has found money to pay for two buses to bring up to 110 juniors and seniors to the Lounge, initially once a week. The tutors will offer reading help in social studies, science and other content areas, in addition to math, writing and AIMS test-preparation assistance.
Tutors also will travel weekly to Faith Christian School, another GCU educational partner. Although tutoring will be open to all 100 students, the school’s18 international students have the greatest learning needs.
To handle the influx of new students, GCU is hiring up to 20 additional tutors. Noting that none of the original 30 tutors hired last semester has quit, Veres said he and program coordinator Arlin Guadian have been flooded with qualified applicants who have heard the Lounge is a good place to work on campus. When not bearing down on the books, the tutors and students may pore over magazines such as National Geographic and Entrepreneur or play games such as Scrabble and Yahtzee.
Veres said he is amazed that, with TV, food and games as potential distractions, the students are usually focused on one thing. “These kids want to spend a majority of their time face-to-face with the tutors,” he said.
He credits the tutors – who, as originally advertised in the job description, possess the motivation, smarts and passion to serve others and the Lord – with making the program successful. “Our students made this what it is,” he said. “It’s ‘Find Your Purpose’ in action.”
Geoff Notkin and Kent meet with corporate archaeologist, Bob Larkin. Together they map out the area of a proposed shopping center to ensure the shopping center will not destroy anything of archaeological importance.
Geoff Notkin reunites with Jerry Howard to discuss the results of his archaeological dig and lab work. Jerry teaches Geoff about the various career fields within archaeology and they discuss the importance of archaeology in today’s world.
Geoff is then joined by Youth STEM Investigator, Kent and they prepare for their next adventure with corporate archaeologist, Bob Larkin.
Geoff Notkin joins Jerry Howard and Alison Stoltman at the Mesa Grande excavation site. Here Geoff learns archaeological dig techniques and finds some interesting artifacts that could provide some vital information on Hohokam culture.
Explore exciting upcoming events happening in Southern Arizona during the month of March.