Navajo-Hopi Nations,Flagstaff & Winslow News
Wed, Aug. 12

Record Number Of Tuba City Students At NAU Saturday Academy

54 students from the Tuba City Junior High School and Cameron-Dzil Libei School, set a record this past week-end in participation in this special one-day, on-campus academic program that focuses on math, science and technology.

This full day, once a month program that dedicates itself to solving tribal environmental issues and building mentorship relationships with NAU students and staff provided the opportunity for TC students to discuss resolutions for problems with “Radon and Radiation Awareness”.

Health, environmental and detection issues regarding radon and radiation were the topics for the day. The students reviewed a Monument Valley school documentary titled “Hear our Voices” about reservation environmental contamination and future mining decisions. The next assignment was to hypothesize the shape of an unseen wood board using rolled marbles, titled the “Rutherford Experiment.”

Each hypothesis had to be appropriately documented on paper by the students. The follow up assignment was experiencing line graphing, analyzing data and comparing results.

Students then participated in using hand-held Geiger counter measurement devices to search for “radioactive” elements hidden in the large campus classroom. When these elements were found a “reward” was given to each student group. Evaluations were then completed for the day’s events, followed by a real college meal, “lunch at the NAU cafeteria”.

Richard Grey, Principal, TC,Junior High, “The November 17, 2001 Saturday Academy had 54 students and three teachers from the TC Junior High session focusing on radon and radiation awareness.

This is an impressive show of student interest in enriching their educational knowledge of essential math, science, environmental concepts as it relates to Native American communities throughout the US. A tremendous amount of credit goes to chaperoning teachers Phillip McCabe, Ernestine Begay and Margarett Grimes, EEOP staff members, Mansel Nelson, and Dr. Harold Begay/TC Superintendent, for their unconditional support for enrichment experiences of participating Saturday Academy students from our junior high.”

The outstanding success of Saturday Academy has moved parents of TC Junior High to request an additional four more months of programming from their administration.

More information, TC Public Relations at 928-283-1072.

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