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Education Notes (5/15/13)

May 15, 2013
Lehigh Acres Citizen

Students win big at Solar Energy Cook-off

The Imaginarium Science Center of Fort Myers recently held the first annual Solar Energy Cook-off.

The event featured teams from Lee County elementary, middle and high schools. Teams of two to six students designed solar powered ovens with recycled materials and created recipes for competition.

The cook-off was inspired by the Imaginarium's participation in the "Engineering is Elementary" curriculum initiative. The initiative aims to integrate engineering education into all Lee County classrooms.

The district winners are as follows:

Best Oven Design

- Elementary: First place, "Slendernomian Nightmares," Pinewoods Elementary; and second place, "Nerturtle Grillerz," Tortuga Preserve Elementary

- Middle: First place, "Solar Smarties," Trafalgar Middle; second place, "Creative Cookers," Harns Marsh Middle; and third place, "Campfire Cookers," Trafalgar Middle

Top Solar Chefs

- Elementary: First place, "Slendernomian Nightmares," Pinewoods Elementary; and second place, "Nerturtle Grillerz," Tortuga Preserve Elementary

- Middle: First place, "Smokin' Bulls," Harns Marsh Middle; second place, "Creative Cookers," Harns Marsh Middle; third place, "Campfire Cookers," Trafalgar Middle; and honorable mention, "Solar Smarties," Trafalgar Middle

"WOW" Award

- "Campfire Cookers," Trafalgar Middle

Buckingham Exceptional graduates 10 students

Buckingham Exceptional Center hosted its 2013 graduation ceremony May 11 at the school, at 3291 Buckingham Road, Fort Myers.

Ten graduates walked the stage.

"We are very proud of our ten Buckingham Exceptional Student Center graduates for 2013," Principal Bill Elkin said. "The teachers and support staff have worked very closely with our graduates and shared in many successes and achievements throughout their school years. We wish each of our graduates the very best in their future."

Newsweek reports two local schools among America's best

"Newsweek" recently released its list of America's Best High Schools for 2013, giving two Lee County high schools cause for celebration. Fort Myers High School and Riverdale High School made the cut for the impressive list.

To determine a school's rank and inclusion on the list, "Newsweek" evaluated schools based on six components: graduation rate, college acceptance rate, the number of AP/IB/AICE tests taken per student, average SAT/ACT scores, average AP/IB/AICE scores and percent of students enrolled in at least one AP/IB/AICE course.

Out of just 2,000 schools included nationwide, Fort Myers High School is ranked 701 and Riverdale High School is ranked 1969.

Lehigh Senior High plans 'Lightning Classic'

Lehigh Senior High School will host the 2013 "Lehigh Lightning Classic" Golf Tournament on June 1 at the Copperhead Golf Course in Lehigh Acres.

Registration is $250 per foursome and $65 for individuals. Fees include 18-holes of golf, cart, lunch and a chance to win various prizes.

Sponsorships are available.

For additional information, call Jeff Hanlon at (239) 287-7668 or e-mail JefferyMH @leeschools.net.

 
 

 

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