Student Scientists at Green Fields AwardedTop Prize of $1,000 in STEM Visions ContestTUCSON, AZ – Science students at Green Fields K-12 School explored and detailedscience career options that appealed to them personally – ranging from forensic science and wildlife biology to medicine, electron microscopy, nuclear physics and working for NASA – and won the $1,000 first prize in STEM Visions Contest presented by Legends of Learning, a game-based learning platform for teachers based in Washington, D.C.
Green Fields science teacher Kimberly King said, “The goal of the STEM Visions Contest is to use games to engage students in science lessons, then challenge them to imagine a future in science.” Twenty one students in grades six through 12 wrote 150-word descriptions of their potential career choices and posted their photos and entries online. King said the school will use the prize money to purchase materials to run DNA gels in biology, chemicals for chemistry class and case-study access for Advanced Placement psychology. King also earned a Legends of Learning license for the school. Judges for the Legends of Learning contest said Green Fields was selected for the firstprize because of “an impressive array of ideas they have for how to impact the world in their future careers.” Many of the mini-essays were quite specific:-- “I would enjoy studying wax moth larva and their ability to eat polyethylene, as apotential way to clean our oceans. The downside being that, as moths, their primarysource of food is honey bees, so maybe genetically modify their larva to not eathoney bees. I find wax moths and their larva very interesting and would thoroughlyenjoy studying to make our planet a cleaner place,” wrote William, a sophomore.
-- Senior Olivia hopes to practice Gonstead chiropractics, which has personallybenefited her for pain management for her scoliosis. “I what to give people hope thattheir problems can be fixed in non-invasive ways.”
-- Sophomore Cody wrote in part, “I am interested in science journalism because I liketo take photos of nature and write about them. I hope to make science moreaccessible to read about. A dream would be to work for National Geographic.”
-- Sixth grade student Maria would become a doctor. “I would also make newmedicines. I would hope that I could find a medicine in a common living thing – forexample a carrot.”
-- “Drawing is something I enjoy so illustrating books would be a good fit for me.Drawing for biology or environmental books would help students better understandand visualize the world in a different way,” wrote senior Eva.
-- “I would like to be a wildlife biologist. This field interests me because it involvescatching wild animals and tagging them. I am the person who does not like to sit at adesk and learn. I like to go out and learn hands on,” wrote JoJo, a sophomore.King has taught at Green Fields for 10 years. She said, “Students are naturally curious.They are interested in the world around them and love learning how their bodies work.When my students are intrigued, teaching and learning is more fun for them and for me.They become active rather than passive learners when they are encouraged to becurious and ask questions.”
One student detailed his great expectations. Freshman Tanvin wrote in part, “I want tobe a great engineer. I want to be the one who creates a new world – to be able toexplore the vast reaches of space by inventing new technologies and powerful vehicles to push us there, and to discover new life forms and other cool, amazing and exoticthings. I am going to go down in history books next to Albert Einstein.”
Founded in 1933, Green Fields is Southern Arizona’s oldest independent school andoffers a continuum of education from kindergarten through 12th grade. With apopulation of about 130 students ranging in age from 5 to 18 years old, youngerstudents have many opportunities to interact with their older classmates, who serve as mentors and role models. The enrollment includes many siblings.
At Green Fields, students can explore their passions and their potential throughacademics, arts and athletics, as well as through unique enrichment programs at every grade level. The curriculum includes core classes in English, history, science, math, the fine arts, Spanish and French, plus technology and competitive sports. Classes are small, led by skilled teachers who encourage independent thinking and personal growth.
The historic Green Fields campus is on 22 acres in northwest Tucson at 6000 N. Camino de la Tierra, near Orange Grove and Shannon Roads. For more information on Green Fields, call 297-2288 or xisit www.greenfields.org.
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