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March math and science contests will engage local young scholars

March math and science contests will engage local young scholars

About 200 area students will participate in three science and engineering competitions in March through the Spokane MESA (mathematics engineering science achievement) project.

In the competition, teams will put their prosthetic arm designs to the test. The prosthetic arm contests require teams to research, design, and build and test low-cost devices. For the competition, each team must submit a technical paper, oral presentation and academic display, as well as complete proscribed tasks with the arm they created.

Middle school teams will compete from 9:30 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 24, at Gonzaga University's Cataldo Hall. Ninth-graders will so the same at 9:00 a.m.- 1:45 p.m. at Eastern Washington University. Tenth graders will compete in the annual MESA Science Competition from 8:00 a.m.- 1:45 p.m. on Wednesday, March 25 at EWU.

Warehouse to be demolished Monday to make way for teaching clinic

Warehouse to be demolished Monday to make way for teaching clinic

 

Crews will demolish a large portion of the former Peirone warehouse on the southeast edge of the Washington State University Spokane campus beginning 7:00 a.m. Monday, March 2nd. The structure will be leveled to make way for the new University district Health Clinic (UDHC), a project of the Spokane Teaching Health Consortium.

 

The location of the demolition is east of the WSU Bookie store at 410 E. Spokane Falls Blvd. Once the Peirone building is down, crew members will cut up the metal and other portions of the structure to prepare for hauling it away.

 

The warehouse is the largest of the two buildings at the site. Together they make up 36,000 square feet. The smaller building will remain standing for now and be demolished at a later date.

 

Peace Corps Associate Director to visit Gonzaga to recognize school's top ranking

Peace Corps Associate Director to visit Gonzaga to recognize school's top ranking

 

The Peace Corps' Associate Director, Helen Lowman, will visit Gonzaga University on March 2nd to celebrate the school's No. 1 ranking among top volunteer-producing universities in 2015. Gonzaga claimed the top spot within Peace Corps' small school classification, with 20 alumni currently volunteering worldwide. The university has held the top spot since 2013.

 

Lowman will attend a special Peace Corps Week campus event on Monday, March 2, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in room 110 of Jundt Auditorium. She will discuss the strong partnership with the school and its success in producing volunteers for overseas service. The event will be free and open to the public.

 

Gonzaga has been ranked in the top five among small schools for the past four years. Alumni from more than 3,000 colleges and universities nationwide have served in the Peace Corps since the agency was founded in 1961, including 330 alumni from Gonzaga.

 

SCC offers new expanded evening program beginning spring quarter

SCC offers new expanded evening program beginning spring quarter

 

Spokane Community College announced an expansion to its evening class schedule to offer more ways for working professionals to advance their career or finish their degree. These classes will be offered between 5:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., so those with full-time jobs can earn credits that transfer to a four-year program or technical certificate at SCC.

 

“We know people are working during the day need to have a chance to get ahead with their education and training in the evening,” said SCC president Scott Morgan. “Our evening program provides the pathway to an AA degree and certificates in high wage fields like welding and machining.”

 

Local artist Keike von Holt to present at Barton School Feb. 18

Local artist Keike von Holt to present at Barton School Feb. 18

Artist Keike von Holt will address Barton School students and teachers on Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church.   

Her presentation will mark the 46th birthday of the all volunteer adult literacy program. She will show and discuss her art and her experiences as a newcomer to this country.  

Von Holt grew up in Tokyo, Japan where she met and married her husband Neil Von Holt, then a student at Sophia University.  They came to Spokane in 1958 where Neil returned to studies at Gonzaga University.

Heike’s art falls into three genres: Japanese Calligraphy, Sumi-e (Japanese ink painting) and Western-style drawing and watercolor.  Subjects include abstracts, florals, portraits, animals,  landscapes, or anything that inspires her. 

Interested in calligraphy from the time she entered school, her pursuit of it as an art form came in 1974 during the World’s Fair in Spokane, when the Japanese Pavilion featured a demonstration of Sumi-e by Fumiko kimura. Keiko saw this as an enhancement of the calligraphy she already loved.

Riverpoint Academy students selected as finalists in World Series of Innovation, need online votes

Riverpoint Academy students selected as finalists in World Series of Innovation, need online votes

When their teacher asked them to enter Microsoft's Wold Series of Innovation back in November, a group of students at Riverpoint Academy never expected their project would be selected as a finalist out of the 1200 total submissions.

 

Now in the top three of their category, these students need online votes to win $2500 for their school.

 

For their project, the students designed an app to assist in volunteerism. The app, named VolunteerMe, would give its users the ability to search for various volunteer opportunities near them, as well as the ability to sign up to volunteer for those opportunities within the app itself.