Nov. PASS

Science is Fun! It’s not just a statement anymore but also a program that attempts to “encourage a student’s natural fascination with scientific phenomena. (Click here for the original sotry.) Over a hundred Basha High School students in the Advanced Placement chemistry program have been trained through the Science is Fun program developed at Arizona State University. These students then spread the word of science to f throughout the Chandler Unified School District.

“About 30 trained Science Is Fun interns from ASU visit K-12 classrooms to demonstrate hands-on science activities for students and teachers in 21 school districts across the Valley. Their mission: Encourage students to become more interested in science.

Science educators say the program exemplifies how to get students jazzed about science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) to boost U.S. competitiveness in a world increasingly dependent on scientific expertise.

For several years, industry leaders have bemoaned the state of science literacy among U.S. students. They complain they can’t find qualified workers to operate machines or find engineering solutions to their problems.

The problem is especially exasperating for defense companies that must hire U.S. workers, said Colleen Niccum, director of community and government relations for Raytheon Missile Systems in Tucson.”

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