Feeding the hungry ‘One Plant at a Time’ in RPS 205

“One Plant at a Time,” East High School’s grant-winning community project, has donated 30 pounds of food to the hungry this summer. And it’s still growing. Students, community members and advisors to the project celebrated the bounty with an end-of-summer get-together Thursday. They had a picnic lunch in the shade east of the school building, a short walk from the garden where they have grown produce ranging from carrots to chard. Today’s haul from the garden included beans, tomatoes and zucchini. It will be donated to the Rock River Valley...

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Ford awards grant to garden project in RPS 205

East High School is one of six U.S. high schools to win a $5,000 grant in the Ford STEM Community Challenge. And East students are letting no grass grow under their feet. They are tending a summer garden that’s both a teaching tool and a way to fight hunger in the community. The project, “One Plant at a Time,” was designed by the school’s Environmental Key Club and literacy students. They competed for the grant on the theme of building sustainable communities. Winning grant proposals showed significant student input, involvement and...

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Robotics is building momentum in RPS 205

Inventor Dean Kamen considers the FIRST Robotics Competition one of his best inventions yet. According to an April 8 Wall Street Journal story, Kamen – the inventor of the Segway, the portable dialysis machine and a stair-climbing wheelchair – is convinced building robots is key to students building careers in technology. Teresa Beach-Shelow, the owner of Superior Joining Technologies, is convinced, too. The local fabrication company earlier this year supported RPS 205 robotics teams with a $3,000 sponsorship. And not only that:  Beach-Shelow...

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Jefferson senior proves arts, engineering are complementary in RPS 205

Artists are disciplined and creative. So are the best engineers. So it shouldn’t be surprising that Demetrius Markham, a senior at Jefferson High School, plans to double major in art and mechanical engineering in college. He has a couple of excellent options already. Washington University in St. Louis awarded him a merit scholarship of $61,000 a year for four years. University of Michigan awarded him a $25,000-a-year scholarship. Markham has received a lot of good news lately. Last week, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards announced that...

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For RPS 205 students, fun begins with STEM

In just a half-hour, four industry panel members at the STEM Summit covered lessons some college students take years to absorb: Don’t procrastinate. Study the difficult material first. Everyone fails sometime. Enjoy learning. Ten students from each high school and middle school in the Rockford Public Schools attended the April 24 summit at Rock Valley College. It was a partnership with the college, RPS 205 and the Pi Gamma Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha. The day began with the panel of professionals: Neysa Alicea, a mechanical engineer at...

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