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Kids! of the Month for October, 1998:
This month we highlight the amazing
work of the kids from Project EARTH at Monterey Highlands School in Monterey
EARTH students, Monterey Highlands School,
What is Project
Project EARTH (Environmental
Awareness Research Through Hands-On Activities) is dedicated to connecting
students to our environment.
Through its goals and principles,
seventh grade students become "actively" involved in science. Project
EARTH stresses scientific exploration, environmental concerns, good communication
skills, and connects students to community resources.
These amazing 7th graders from Project
EARTH at Monterey Highlands School really know how to take charge!
Their amazing teacher, Founder and Director of Project EARTH John
Jackson, gives his students complete responsibility for keeping Project
EARTH running smoothly. Students are assigned special titles for
their different jobs, like "Chief of Staff," and "Press Secretary," --
just like they were adults working in these jobs in the "working world."
Project EARTH student staff members
get to learn about what it takes to be a "Chief of Staff" and other professional
jobs for an organization. This great experience will really help
them when they graduate and apply for an actual paying job as adults!
(Employers who are hiring new employees love to see such experience
on a resume!)
One of their way cool projects
is their very own Geophysical Data Center, located on the Project
EARTH website, located at: http://home.earthlink.net/~projectearth/.
This year, Project EARTH students have an additional 8 computers and direct
Internet access, to help them do their science research. Mr. Jackson,
their teacher and Project EARTH director says: "Look for lots of
exciting science from the students!"
Monterey Highlands School
Home of Project EARTH
The latest breaking
Students from the Geophysical Data
Center hold a press conference to read their latest Earthquake Bulletin.
From left to right: Sonja Fontana,
Sara Tso, Raffie Ruiz
The students in charge of the Data
Center track earthquakes around the world on a daily basis, and they post
regular Earthquake Bulletins announcing the size (magnitude) and location
of the earthquakes after they occur! The Data Center also contains
a lot of other really interesting facts and information about earthquakes!
These hard-working, dedicated students are in charge of making sure the
information is accurate and updated regularly.
Geophysical Data Center Director
Raffie Ruiz and Press Secretary Sara Tso
are pictured above, confirming their
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Geophysical Links on the Internet
the Project EARTH website and read some great articles written
by some amazing students!
Where in the world?
Sophia Lee and Raymond Hang help
identify the epicenter of a recent quake.
EARTH Program Description
Project EARTH is part a science program
called Impact Science, which "integrates the sciences and technology
with a passion."
Here's what Project EARTH director
John Jackson says about Project EARTH: "In the highest
sense, Project EARTH (Environmental Awareness Research Through Hands-on
activities) is dedicated to connecting students to our environment.
Project EARTH stresses scientific research, good communications skills,
and deep concern for the environment."
Impact Science Consists of Several Main Components:
Activities and Goals of Each Component:
A Geophysical Research Data Center is
a computer technology center utilized to monitor earthquake, volcanic,
and scientific events worldwide.
Impact Science Magazine is a scholarly
written student magazine.
Student Science Symposium connects students
with the scientific community and the Internet.
Environmental and Earth Science field
study trip to Death Valley National Park. (one of the most popular activities
for the students! Read
students have to say about it on the Project EARTH website!)
GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH DATA CENTER
IMPACT SCIENCE MAGAZINE
Analyze, research, collect data and report
on earthquake and volcanic events worldwide
Issue press releases/bulletins and news
briefings relating to geophysical events
Train a cadre of students in the operations
Increase student's knowledge and awareness
of our geophysical world
COMMUNITY STUDENT SCIENCE SYMPOSIUM
Develops students writing skills
Serves as an assessment tool
Promotes student self-esteem
Increase communication between students,
parents and the community
Project EARTH WILL:
Connects students with community resources
Increases students' oral language skills
Evaluates student progress
Demonstrates how students can take responsibility
for their own education
State of California Seventh Grade Science Content
Improve scientific literacy
Involve students in active learning
Link science with Language Arts and other
Build a strong connection in students
for our physical environment.
Instructional Methods Include:
Earth and Life History (Earth Science)
Structure and Function In Living Systems
Physical Principles in Living Systems
The Desired Outcomes Include:
Model building and student-developed
Networking between school, community,
and the Internet
Science process skills – observing, comparing,
ordering, relating, inferring, applying, etc.
Cooperative learning environment (while
To improve scientific literacy.
To involve students in "active" learning
To link science with Language Arts and
To use appropriate technology.
To prepare young scientists for the 21st
Project EARTH Computer Use Policy:
To ensure proper application of computers
and the Internet, their use is limited to academic research. Our policy
is focused forwards aiding education and academic research.
How to Contact Project
Monterey Highlands School
400 Casuda Canyon Drive
Monterey Park, CA 91754
Phone: (626) 308-2723
Fax: (626) 308-2724
On the Internet at: http://home.earthlink.net/~projectearth
Student Staff Members
Joanna Li (right), Director of Communication,
discusses her communication plan
with her fellow Project EARTH experts,
Sonja and Hyatt.
Chief of Staff
Chief Financial Officer
Director of Publications
Editor In Chief
Impact Science Magazine
Director of Communication
Director of Environmental Affairs
Director of the Geophysical Data
Director of Technology
Mr. John Jackson
Director of Project EARTH
Monterey Highlands School
Monterey Park, California
and some of the Project EARTH Amazing Kids!
at the Amazing Kids! booth at
Kids Day LA '98,
Griffith Park, Los Angeles.
Pictured Left to Right: Raffie Ruiz,
Edwin Gvalavech, David Lai,
Mr. Jackson,Trisha Tom, Kelli Lui
Under the incredible, untiring dedication
and direction of Project EARTH director, Mr. John Jackson, Project EARTH
student staff members have been able to accomplish amazing things!
Here is a list of some of the many awards and honors bestowed upon the
students of Project EARTH and of Monterey Highlands School:
Grand prize and Second Place, California
Youth Energy Awards.
Honored students traveled to Sacramento
and Washington D.C.to represent the Alhambra School District and the State
of California at the National Energy Education Development Projects competition;
Monterey Highlands School First, Second,
and Third Place, California Youth Energy Award.; Honored students traveled
to Sacramento to receive the "California Youth Energy Award" from the First
Lady, Gayle Wilson;
Student Science Symposium chosen 1995
Middle School Project of the Year for the State of California;
Monterey Highlands School Commendation,
Alhambra School District Board of Education;
Monterey Highlands School, Winner of
the Los Angeles County Plan-It EARTH Environmental Youth Fair;
Monterey Highlands School; Environmental
Education Award, California Arboretum Foundation;
Monterey Highlands School Earth Day Celebration;
Project EARTH students' environmental
study trip to Death Valley;
Project EARTH Commendations California;
Senate and Legislative Assembly, and, city and Mayor of Monterey Park;
Monterey Highlands School Commendation,
California State Senate Resolution No. 2490 (initiated by Senator Hilda
Tapestry Grant Toyota/National Science
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