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School Notes: Art of STEM event; $ 15M demanded for Metro-area sidewalks

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STEM event for hundreds of teenagers

A Portland-based educational workshop is teaming up with national partners to offer professional science career experience to nearly 1,000 high school students, teachers, guests and U.S. Army members.

The Art of STEM — which refers to science, technology, engineering and math — will host the Innovators-In-Training Experience with the Ten80 Education National STEM League at the Chiles Center on the University of Portland campus on March 7. Students start the day at 9:30 a.m. by meeting with and listening to a speakers’ panel of STEM professionals, then break out into groups.

The U.S. Army helps fund the free event in about a dozen cities around the country each year, including sending school district participants home with free STEM kits, training and curriculum.

Jeannie Ruiz, co-founder of Ten80 Education and co-owner of Art of STEM in Portland, says: “The kids who join traditional robotics programs are already attracted to futures in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Let’s also attract the kids who aren’t sure of their career paths.”

Coalition demands $15M for sidewalks

Supporters of the Safe Routes to School campaign delivered thousands of public comments to the Metro Council on Thursday, Feb. 18. The supporters were asking for $15 million in regional transportation funding to improve sidewalks and other walking routes to schools.

“For me, being able to walk to school safely and take the bus to volunteer opportunities is very important,” Yvette Dumer, a 15-year-old sophomore at Franklin High, said in a news release. “Not only that I can feel more empowered as a young person, but it’s also important to me and my peers’ health. Being able to walk more, bike more, and take public transit to school means that we have opportunities to be active and get our daily exercise.”

The For Every Kid Coalition spearheaded the effort to lobby the Joint Policy Advisory Committee on Transportation and was joined by Metro Councilor Bob Stacey. The full Metro Council will vote on transportation funding in April.