Education: Hopi High selected for NASA earth science, physics program

Hopi Jr./Sr. High School was one of six schools selected to partner with the NASA Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., to promote earth science programs.

The program will also promote technology, engineering, mathematics, geographic literacy and workforce development. The primary focus will be earth science and Helios physics.

Of 84 Native American Bureau of Indian Education-funded middle and high schools, Hopi High was one of six schools to be selected to be a part of this program. Hopi was selected because of making Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) and also because Hopi is among the high performing schools throughout Indian country.

Three teachers from Hopi Jr/Sr High attended training from June 8-13. Particpants included LaVonne Adams and two other teachers from the junior high.

Following the training, the teachers in this program were to engage in monthly communications with NASA and NASA/BIE schools. This program is meant to insure that the students use their cultural heritage and maintain the connection between earth and the universe. Also, the program should increase student achievement.

Hopi High School Principal Glenn Gilman said the program is a great opportunity for Hopi High to expand its science program and opportunities for its students.

The schools that attended are: Lac Oreilles Ojibwa School in Hayward, Wis.; JKL Bahweting Anishnabe School in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.; Navajo Preparatory School in Farmington, N.M.; Greyhills Academy High School in Tuba City; Hopi Jr/Sr High School; and Naa Tsis' Ana Community School in Tonalea.

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