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Finding Science And Art In Phoenix Schools

Many, many programs are available to students throughout all Phoenix Public Schools districts. Sensing the constant need for improvements, and to keep up with national and global standards, Phoenix Schools are meeting these demands head on. For example, some Phoenix Schools have implemented innovative Science, Art, and IB (International Baccalaureate) programs.

InnoWorks, a new science program available to underprivileged Phoenix Schools middle-school students, was implemented in February 2007 by Grace Hsieh, a junior at the University of Arizona. Hsieh was looking to start a peer mentor and tutoring program when she came across a website detailing the program InnoWorks, which had its beginnings at Duke University.

Phoenix Schools middle-schoolers take part in a free science camp organized and run entirely by UA undergraduates. Twenty-four students from six Phoenix Schools were selected for the camp. InnoWorks’ leaders hope that by exposing underprivileged Phoenix Schools students to college campuses and science research, more students will be inspired to study science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

“Immediately it was easy to recognize what a great program it was, in its philosophy and vision,” Hsieh said.

Hsieh has gathered about $20,000 in donations to fund the program, recruited about 20 fellow students to work as mentors, and sought out campers by calling Phoenix Schools counselors and teachers.

Explorer Middle School recently received the Mayor’s School of Excellence Award for Outstanding Achievement in Arts Education. Integrating arts into their academic classes is one thing that makes this member of the Phoenix Schools unique.

Principal Marianne Bursi believes that the appreciation of art relates to all fields of study.

“We find students learn more by doing,” said Bursi. “The brain remembers more with visuals rather than just looking at plain old text. The [students] discover [they have] many hidden talents because art is incorporated into all their academics.”

Each quarter, seventh-graders are encouraged to take chorus, visual arts, world languages and applied technology courses. Once they are in eighth grade, these Phoenix Schools children can then choose which they prefer for the year

Phoenix Schools are beginning to offer children in Grades K-10 an opportunity to learn via the International Baccalaureate program. This is a teaching model used around the world that pushes students to become proficient in at least two languages, think critically and learn from a global perspective by studying other cultures.

Mesa Public Schools could soon become the first school district in Phoenix Schools, and one of only a handful nationwide, to offer an IB program to students from kindergarten through the end of high school.

Gregg Good, is the IB coordinator for one Phoenix Schools high school which began offering the program last year. Administrators are still determining the best way to test young Phoenix Schools elementary students in a “culturally neutral” way to decide which children will participate in the rigorous IB program for the 2007-2008 school year.

Career in Computer Science in Pakistan

Computer is the most wonderful invention of the seventeenth century. In Pakistan, the education of computer was first started in the year 1970. Today, different level of education in computer are imparted including certificate courses of various duration, one or two years diploma course, BSc, MSc and B.E (Bachelor of Engineering)

Career and Jobs opportunities:

Computer science is multi faceted science that offers a wide range of career opportunities for both men and women. This profession is so broad that it has a variety of career options from programming to designing, and sales to research and development. With a degree in computer science, you can opt to join the variety of fields including programming, system analyst, graphic designer, network administrator, etc. Students having Master in computer science or BSc in computer science or diploma in computer science can get good jobs in Pakistan.

Professions related to computer in Pakistan were started in the 70s. Initially this field was not so famous but with the passage of time, today computer has become an integral part of every business, industry, trade, communication, governmental and non governmental organization. It is presumed that by the year 2012, more than one million computer professionals will be required in different fields in Pakistan. The way the usage of computer is increasing in every walk of life one can easily guess that in the future there will be a great demand for computer experts and lucrative career options will be available in various organizations. In fact, one will find computer professionals using their knowledge and skills in a wide variety of occupational opportunities such as programmer, system analyst, graphic designer, network administrator, etc.

Admission Requirements:

For admission in M.Sc ( Computer Science) Admission Requirement: B.A (Mathematics) or BSc (pass)

For admission in B.E ( Bachelor of Engineering) Admission Requirement: F.Sc (Pre-engineering)

B.Sc (computer science) Admission Requirement: F.Sc (Pre-engineering)

Diploma in Computer Science Admission Requirement: Intermediate (science, arts, commerce)

When it comes to getting admission in computer science, the enrolment is on the rise in the last five or six years. There are a huge number of job opportunities available for computer related professions in Pakistan and abroad which is the reason that students are keen to get admission in this discipline. Merit has also been high in the last few years.

Some prominent universities offer various computer related degree programmes in Pakistan are:

Khyber Medical University, Peshawar

Allama Iqbal Open University, Islamabad

Bahria University, Islamabad

COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Islamabad

National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences, Islamabad

National University of Science and Technology,Rawalpindi

Institute of Management Sciences, Lahore

Kinnaird College for Women, Lahore

Lahore University of Management Sciences, Lahore

University of Engineering & Technology, Lahore

Iqra University, Karachi

Mehran University of Eng. & Technology, Jamshoro

NED University of Engineering & Technology,Karachi

Quaid-e-Awam University of Engineering, Science & Technology, Nawabshah

SZABIST Institute of Science & Technology, Karachi

Sir Syed University of Engg. & Technology, Karachi

CECOS University of Information Technology and Emerging Sciences, Peshawar

University of Science & Technology Bannu, Bannu

Teaching Kids to Love Science and Rekindling Our Fascination in the Process

Teaching our kids to love science can help them become clearer thinkers and better persons. A sustained interest in science will not only help them as children (in school or in play), but will also aid in their development as adults, allowing them to function well in any field of work and to be happy and successful in their lives. The best way to engage our kids in the wonders of science is through educational toys.

Science in our midst

Science is important; we were always taught that in school. But as adults, with all the preoccupations we have to deal with in real life from our jobs to our domestic obligations and our personal affairs and financial concerns, we tend to forget just how important science is. Because of the everyday problems and mundane tasks we have to deal with, we may find that science has little relevance in our lives. What we fail to see is that a sustained fascination with the workings of the world and a constant love for science and technology can actually lead to a more satisfying and fulfilling life.

Being a role model

We need to rediscover the joys of science to truly teach our kids to love science. Kids learn the most by imitation and what they see in the actions and words of adults (especially their parents) they tend to file in their little heads as a matter of importance. Buying them children’s educational toys is one way to make them value learning; showing them how interested we are in the world and are fascinated with science is another way of affecting their minds for the better.

Seeing science in a new light

Each day, wonderful and amazing things elude our thoughts: how the world wide web connects the entire planet and how the way we work has changed (and is changing) because of the gadgets and technologies we use; the structure and composition of the engineered food we eat, grown in a remote farm built for mass production and located millions of miles away; how the shoes we are wearing, constructed with ergonomic rubber soles, are able to correct our gait; or how our office chair was conceptualized by an industrial designer to mix style with functionality. Everywhere, in every corner or space, in the air and in our midst, in our house, in our neighborhood, and in our workplace, are interesting facts and opportunities for discovering more about the world. We have to look at things in this light again-in the eyes of a child where everything is an opportunity for discovery and exploration, everyday can be an adventure. Toddler educational toys can help our kids learn the wonderful world of science, and at the same time, help rekindle our curiosity and sense of discovery. Together with our kids, we can make learning fun and make playtime a great opportunity for bonding.

Science for kids and adults

Science is not just for kids or scientists; they are for adults too. Kids’ toys do not need to be silly or boring for adults. Today’s science toys are sophisticated and complex that any adult will be amazed and perplexed. Simple chemistry lab sets, microscopes, DNA testing kits, robotics, telescopes, and other fascinating gadgets and science kits are available in the market. There are also baby toys that teach basic scientific concepts such as gravity and the law of motion. Together with our children, we can learn a wide field of sciences including geology, geography, astronomy, anatomy, physics, chemistry, and a whole lot more!