Growing knowledge

SRP Learning Grant turns Valley 3rd-graders into ‘budding scientists’

Juli Harpole’s third-grade students at Weinberg Elementary School in the Chandler Unified School District have been growing tomatoes, peas, peppers and herbs. Using propagation stations in their recently set up greenhouse, they plant seeds under controlled conditions and then monitor them during the day.

“They water them, they turn the lights and warmers on and off, they’re really just like mothers taking care of their little nursery,” Harpole said. “None of this would have been possible without our partnership with SRP.”

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STEM Smart

3 employees share their love for calculators, chemistry kits and new challenges

Nevida Jack remembers exactly how she spent her summer break when she was 8 years old.

“My older cousins would give me algebra problems and I would solve them on the chalkboard at home,” Jack, Operations Planning Manager, said with a laugh. “What can I say? I’ve always loved math formulae.”

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