Bioscience

Arrowhead Elementary students gravitating to NASA program

November 15, 2006

By Flinn Foundation

[Source: Betty Reid, Arizona Republic] — The girls say their friends think they’re from another planet because of their interest in science. Now they are among 18 gifted students conducting experiments about space at Arrowhead Elementary School in north Phoenix, a campus designated as a NASA Explorer School.

Arrowhead uses NASA programs along with the school’s curriculum to boost student learning in science, technology, and math. The girls’ use of words such as “static electricity” attracts attention from their peers. “People can change the words and make up their own meanings, but we know the real meaning of it,” said Ashlie Holtson, 11. “People, for example, will say, ‘Everything is so static cool,’ and we say, ‘Are you saying everything is an electrical charge?'” [Note: To read the full article, click here. Photo source: Arizona Republic.]