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'FIRST' Peachtree Regional Robotics Competition in Duluth plays B-Ball

'FIRST' Peachtree Regional Robotics Competition in Duluth plays B-Ball

DULUTH --  The 10th Annual Peachtree Regional FIRST Robotics Competition is held at the Gwinnett Center in Duluth, Thursday through Saturday, March 15 - 17th, 2012.  FIRST stands for “For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology.”  This year’s robotic theme is basketball – attracting hundreds of teams battling to earn a spot in the National Championship.

Students have this year created robots that can shoot basketballs and move up and down the court.

 

Nearly 40 metro schools among worst performing

Nearly 40 metro schools among worst performing

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Department of Education has released a list of the 78 worst performing schools in the state as part of its waiver from the federal No Child Left Behind law.

Nearly half of those schools are in the Metro Atlanta area. Of the schools listed, 14 are Atlanta Public Schools, nine are in DeKalb County and three are in Gwinnett County. Fulton and Cobb County each have one school on the list.

The list identifies the state's "priority" schools -- those that consistently perform poorly on tests, have low graduation rates or are already receiving federal improvement funds.

To be considered a "Priority School," one would have a graduation rate of 60 percent or less for two consecutive years, have low achievement on standardized tests or receive School Improvement Grant (SIG) funds to implement a school intervention model.

Clean Commute Week continues today with "GA Walk to School Day"

Clean Commute Week continues today with "GA Walk to School Day"

Atlanta - This week (March 5-9) is officially Clean Commute Week, where the Clean Air Campaign challenges K-12 schools across the state to raise "awareness of clean commute options and to explore ways to reduce the number of idling cars in school zones."  
Monday - Ride the Bus
Tuesday- Bike or ride a scooter
Wednesday- Georgia Walk to School Day
Thursday- Carpool
Friday- Commute using any clean mode

 

The week is designed to provide Georgia schools with a platform to share the benefits of commute alternatives with their school communities and highlight clean transportation, including bus riding, biking, walking, carpooling and no idling.  These options help reduce smog-forming emissions that come from vehicle tailpipes. Schools can choose one or more green travel methods to promote throughout the week.

Braves, Publix to award 6 scholarships to Ga. seniors

Braves, Publix to award 6 scholarships to Ga. seniors

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Braves and Publix have teamed up for the 13th year in a row to offer scholarship money to high school seniors throughout Georgia.

Six $2,000 scholarships will be awarded to students who have maintained good grades and strong community involvement throughout their four years of high school.

In order to qualify, a student must be a graduating senior with a minimum 3.2 GPA, and must have plans to attend an accredited college or university in the fall of 2012.

For more information or to apply, visit braves.com/scholarships. The deadline to apply is April 21. All applicants will receive a free Braves promotional item while supplies last.

Delta Air Lines Donates $500,000 to Gwinnett Technical College

Delta Air Lines Donates $500,000 to Gwinnett Technical College

GWINNETT TECH (submitted by Gwinnett Tech)  LAWRENCEVILLE – Delta Air Lines has donated $500,000 to the Legacy of Lives campaign at Gwinnett Technical College, establishing a nursing professorship endowment to support the college’s growing registered nursing program.

The earnings from the endowment will underwrite an additional fulltime faculty member for the nursing program, enabling the continued expansion of the program and ultimately increasing the number of nursing graduates. GTC’s registered nursing program, launched in 2009, graduated its first class in June 2011 and doubled in size with the acceptance of 60 students fall semester. The college will expand the program to over 180 students with the addition of an LPN to RN Bridge program and a Paramedic to RN Bridge program, both of which will be implemented in 2012.

Gwinnett recognizes 2012 STAR Students

Gwinnett recognizes 2012 STAR Students

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- Gwinnett County's annual STAR Student and Teacher Luncheon was held on Thursday, February 16.

This event celebrates the STAR Students from each of the county's high schools. To receive the honor, a high school senior must be in the top 10 percent of his or her class and earn the highest SAT score among his or her peers.

STAR Teachers are selected by the STAR Students as the teachers who inspired, challenged and encouraged them the most throughout their high school careers.

Superintendent names 2012 AP STEM Achievement Schools

Superintendent names 2012 AP STEM Achievement Schools

ATLANTA -- Georgia School Superintendent Dr. John Barge named 367 Advanced Placement Honor Schools in 2012.

Advanced Placement classes and exams are administed by the College Board and are designed to offer rigorous college-level learning options to high school students. Those who receive scores of 3, 4 or 5 on national AP exams may earn college credit.

"Georgia has much to be proud of when it comes to the success of Advanced Placement," Barge said Tuesday. "Much of this success can be attributed to the dedication to rigor and excellence at each of our AP Honor Schools."

AP STEM Achievement Schools are schools that test in at least two math and two science courses, and at least 40 percent of those math and science exams earn scores of 3 or higher.

Metro Atlanta's 2012 AP STEM Achievement Schools are:

Athens-Clarke County
* Clarke Central High

Atlanta Public Schools
* Grady High