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TCAPS Looks To Expand STEM

TCAPS Looks To Expand STEM

By Beth Milligan

Traverse City Area Public Schools (TCAPS) could soon significantly expand its science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programming – a move designed to prepare more students for careers in some of the highest-paying and fastest-growing industries in the country.

Traverse City Central High School Assistant Principal Heidi Skodack will outline a proposal to TCAPS board members tonight (Monday) at their 6pm meeting to expand STEM curriculum across every grade – from kindergarten to twelfth – over the next decade. “There are pockets of excellence in STEM right now, but there are areas we need to expand opportunities to students,” Skodack says. “Different schools are offering different exposure to STEM. How do we create vertical alignment so that if I’m a student, no matter where I go to school, I can have those experiences?”

Skodack says student interest already runs high in TCAPS’ existing slate of STEM classes and extracurricular activities, which are predominantly geared toward middle and high school students. Participation in a four-year track called SCI-MA-TECH – which graduates high school students with a heavy concentration of science, math and technology credits – is granted through a highly competitive application process. The district’s robotics teams have also grown in popularity: In 2015, TC Central High School’s team won the state robotics championship and competed in the world championship in St. Louis. Skodack says TCAPS’ decision to introduce a new Advanced Placement (AP) Computer Science class to both high schools next fall has also generated “high enrollment interest and a great response from students.” more

Today

7th Annual TC Restaurant Week

12:00am Feb. 26 - March 4. Participating restaurants will offer three course meals for $30/person. Reservations encouraged. more

Morsels Gives Back to TART Trails

8:00am For the month of Feb., Morsels Espresso + Edibles, TC will partner with TART Trails. Morsels has created a custom morsel (their bite-sized bakery goods) for TART Trails called "happy trails" which is a trail mix cookie with dried cherries, peanuts & mini m&m's candy. For each "happy trails" morsel sold, Morsels will donate $.25 to TART Trails.

Art Competition - Wine Label Design Needed

8:00am Deadline for art entry is March 10! Attention artists: Design a wine bottle label for the Mission Point Lighthouse fundraiser. Support Mission Point Lighthouse Friends nonprofit - preserve the lighthouse. Winner will have their design on the label for the 2nd Annual Lighthouse Wine Fundraiser. Go to events at www.missionpointlighthouse.com for application. Or email mplfmedia@gmail.com. more

6th Annual Grand Traverse Art Bomb

10:00am Through March 25. Artists of all media in & from the GT region will display & sell their work commission-free. Closing Reception on March 25. Featuring live music & performance art. more

Call for Student Artists

10:00am Now accepting submissions for "Emerging Artist, Under 24 Exhibit". All local artists ages 17-24 are encouraged to apply to be in this juried exhibit, & have the opportunity to show & sell in a gallery. To apply visit: www.higherartgallery.com. Deadline to apply is March 20. more

Yoga for You

5:00pm With Anne Bacon & Janet Weaver. Mondays through March 20. Minimum donation, $10. more

GT Dems Progressive Potluck

6:00pm Featuring a short presentation from Gladys Munoz, co-founder & president of the Justice & Peace Advocacy Center. The Little Fleet is donating 10% of all drink sales to theguest organization each month. At each potluck, the Dems will 'pass the hat' for voluntary donations, 50% of which will be given to the month's featured organization. Bring a friend & a dish to pass. Email Betsy Coffia at bcoffia@gmail.com with questions.

National Writers Series

7:00pm A conversation with Beth Macy, author of National Bestseller “Truevine: Two Brothers, A Kidnapping, And a Mother’s Quest: A True Story of the Jim Crow South”. General admission, $15.50. more
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