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Spring 2017

Arizona schools receive more than $150,000 in grants from SRP

This year, 41 grants totaling more than $150,000 were awarded to Arizona schools through SRP’s 2017-18 Classroom Connections grants. SRP’s grant programs encourage schools, teachers and students to develop projects and programs that enhance student understanding and learning experiences. Learn more about the social studies and learning grant recipients’ projects.

Chart of grant funding by city and school type Chart of grant funding by city and school type

Education competitions from around the state

Arizona Academic Decathlon

After outscoring dozens of other teams, top honors in the 33rd Annual Arizona Academic Decathlon competition went to Canyon del Oro High School. This is the fourth consecutive state title for the school. The team traveled to Madison, Wisconsin in April for the U.S. Academic Decathlon National Competition where they placed fifth overall. Congratulations to the team!

image of Canyon del Oro team

After winning state, the Canyon del Oro High School team traveled to Wisconsin in April for the national competition where they placed fifth overall.
Photo courtesy of Arizona Academic Decathlon.

The decathlon is a rigorous blend of 10 events intended to broaden and challenge students’ academic abilities. Subjects include math, economics, social science, language and literature, art, music, speech, interview, essay and the Super Quiz Relay, an event similar to a game show.

SRP has been a major corporate sponsor since the late 1980s with employees serving as judges, proctors and volunteers in the regional, state and national competitions. Learn more about the Arizona Academic Decathlon .

127 medals were awarded to students from 26 different schools.

Top 10 High School Teams

  1. Canyon del Oro
  2. Hamilton
  3. Westwood
  4. Cesar Chavez
  5. Mountain View (Mesa)
  6. BASIS Chandler
  7. Boulder Creek
  8. Seton Catholic
  9. Mountain View (Marana)
  10. BASIS Peoria

AIA VEX Robotics

Brother Bots Robotics show off their tournament champion trophy from the AIA VEX Robotics Competition State Championship.
Courtesy photo.

Middle and high school students from across Arizona, along with university-level teams from across the state, country, and Puerto Rico, descended upon Embry-Riddle Aeronutical University Campus in Prescott, Arizona in March for the AIA VEX Robotics Competition State Championship. More than 70 teams came together for a non-stop, action-packed day of competition, battling against each other with robots they created.

Tournament Champions

  • Brother Bots Robotics
  • Campo Verde High School
  • East Valley Community Robotics

National History Day in Arizona

Some of the students that make up the team representing Arizona prepare for the national competition.
Photo courtesy of National History Day in Arizona.

More than 150 students from across the state traveled to Tempe to participate in the National History Day in Arizona State Competition. Fifty-four Arizona students will move on to compete in the 2017 National History Day Contest in Maryland this summer.

Coordinated by the Arizona Historical Society, National History Day is a yearlong academic program for middle and high school students focused on the teaching and learning of history.

Through historic papers, exhibits, documentaries, websites and performances, students explain the relevance of their topics in history and how they relate to the annual theme, which for 2017 was “Taking a Stand in History.” Learn more about National History Day in Arizona .

Mark your calendar

Free training this fall

In August, SRP’s fall workshop schedule will be posted. Bookmark our workshop page today, and don’t forget to go back in the summer to sign up for professional development workshops related to energy, water and sustainability.

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