Parkway e-News Story

Parkway Students Star in Summer Science Programs

In the July edition of eNews, students participating in the Students and Teachers as Research Scientists (STARS) program were featured. One student’s name was inadvertently omitted from the article. Manali Gokhale, a North High senior, was also selected for and participated in the STARS program this summer.

Young Scientist Program
Joel Sher, Parkway Central High senior, was selected as one of four students from St. Louis County schools to participate in the prestigious Young Scientist Program.

The program provides selected high school students with funded research internships at the Washington University Medical Center. Each student works directly with two graduate students in their research experience. Students are selected by a competitive application and interview process which begins in the fall preceding the start of the program.

Parkway’s Scientists in Residence (SIR) Program
For three weeks in July, 40 science teachers from Parkway and several other schools fine-tuned their teaching skills. Teachers worked with 62 elementary students from participating schools and received coaching and feedback from colleagues and other professionals like Bill Robertson, the author of Stop Faking It! Finally Understanding Science So You Can Teach It book series.

"Many science instructors teach concepts before activities," says Robertson. Robertson stresses the opposite—activities first (so kids and teachers can understand), then concepts. In the SIR program, teachers and students BOTH built a wind turbine. Teachers did it the first week, and students the second week. (See photo above of McKelvey student Marisa Padberg, left, and Rickiya Mall from Mallinckrodt Academy of Basic Instruction in St. Louis.)

The program is supported by a $1.5 million Mathematics and Science Partnership competitive grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The grant is for $500,000 each year for three years.

Congratulations to all of Parkway’s science stars!