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Lake Mead Offering Climate Change Workshop for Teachers

Lake Mead Offering Climate Change Workshop for Teachers

Lake Mead National Recreation Area is just one of three national parks that has been selected to be part of a teacher education program.

The Parks Climate Challenge program offers local teachers training in climate change by using the national parks as a living classroom.

Through a grant from the National Parks Foundation, the Lake Mead Institute will be offering the "Climate Change in the Desert Southwest" workshop as a two-credit graduate course in September. The course is recommended for 4th, 5th, middle and high school teachers.

The workshop will include information on the impact climate change is having on the desert southwest and activities that teachers can use in their classrooms to teach their students.

Students Show of Ideas for New Boulder City Research Park

Students Show of Ideas for New Boulder City Research Park

Some of the brightest students in the Clark County School District showed off their ideas for a new solar park planned for Boulder City.

The 6th through 8th grade students are all part of the Highly Gifted Summer Academy. They created concepts and 3D displays for the new Boulder City Renewable Energy Research Park.

The kids showed their work to the UNLV students, who are actually creating the park, for consideration in the final development.

The program is made up of 18 students who qualified because they scored in the 99.5 percentile on a test measuring intelligence.  

Pedestrian Safety Poster Earns Student New Laptop

Pedestrian Safety Poster Earns Student New Laptop

The Safe Community Partnership has named the winner of its 2nd annual Save a Life, Win a MacBook contest.

Jessica Purdy from Boulder City High School submitted the winning drawing that will be featured in bus shelters around the Las Vegas valley. It also earned Jessica a MacBook Pro laptop.

The campaign is aimed at educating both drivers and pedestrians that safety goes both ways.

"I wanted the point of view to be the drivers' point of view, which I thought was the most important part because drivers are the ones that keep the pedestrians safe," Purdy said.

The second place artist was an eighth grade student from Cashman middle school. He took home an iPod. His design will displayed inside of Regional Transportation Commission vehicles.

            

Southern Nevada Students Earn iPads in Essay Contest

Southern Nevada Students Earn iPads in Essay Contest

 

Twenty high school students are enjoying the new iPads they earned by reducing their carbon footprint and writing a great essay about it.

The students were part of an essay contest held by the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada, Coca-Cola, Mariana's Supermarkets and the Clark County School District.

The 20 winners were chosen out of the 200 entries from 40 high schools around the Las Vegas valley. They all wrote a 500-word essay describing how they used transit services provided by the RTC to reduce the amount of carbon they personally use.

The winners for the 2013 contest are:

Greenspun Students Campaign for Lake Mead Health

Greenspun Students Campaign for Lake Mead Health

 

A group of local middle school students wants southern Nevadans to be aware of what they call an environmental hazard at Lake Mead.

Greenspun Junior High School Leadership Club students are launching a public campaign about “the dangers and the damage done by the use of carbureted 2-stroke engines.”

In 2013, a ban on personal watercrafts with carbureted 2-stroke engines went into effect to help reduce pollution at the lake. Leadership Club students, led by educators Gwendolyn Buckles and Katie Litzenberg, started an educational campaign named “Lake MEad.” It focuses on the effects pollution has in southern Nevada’s public recreation areas.

The students created a multimedia campaign to spread the word about the 2-stroke engine ban at the lake. During their after-school club, students chose this cause as their annual community project.

Library Offers Computer Buying Classes

Library Offers Computer Buying Classes

The choices in the world of computers can be overwhelming; that is why the Boulder City Library is stepping in to help.

The library is holding a Computer Buying 101 class at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 17. The class will guide people through the basics of buying a computer. Class members will also learn what to look for when buying a desktop, laptop or tablet. The teacher will outline specific shopping tips.