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Western: CFA students present at Arizona STEM Clubs conference


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  • Peter Boyle/Western School of Science and Technology: A Challenge Foundation Academy

Safe Play Structures Made By Students At Western School Of Science And Technology: A Challenge Foundation Academy

Western School of Science and Technology: A Challenge Foundation Academy (“Western: CFA”) students were proud to present at the 3rd Annual Arizona STEM Clubs Conference on June 8, 2015.

Sponsored by Science Foundation Arizona and held at Arizona State University, the Arizona STEM Clubs Conference is a gathering of hundreds of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (“STEM”) advocates and practitioners from across the state.

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Students and teachers showcase their safe play structures on the campus of Western School of Science and Technology: A Challenge Foundation Academy

Western: CFA’s student presentation, entitled “Building Warriors: Building Community & Empowering Students,” highlighted students’ work designing, engineering, and building solutions to community concerns in the Maryvale neighborhood. The presentation was one of twelve selected to present at the full state-wide conference.

“Our vision is to not just be the premier academic school focused on college preparation in the Maryvale community,” commented Founding School Director Peter Boyle, “but also the top community school as well.”

Facilitated by STEM Programs Director Allison Paul, six 8th, 9th, and 10th grade students shared how they have impacted their community by building a community garden and safe play structures.

Students also led the over two dozen participants by modeling how they used design thinking and tapped into the maker movement in their STEM coursework.

Western: CFA is proud to serve 410 students in grades 7, 8, 9, and 10.

Western: CFA is a part of the New Schools For Phoenix initiative, which aims to double the number of seats available in high-quality schools for students in Phoenix’s urban core, as well as a member of TeamCFA, a national network of high-performing charter schools in high-needs communities.

Western: CFA welcomed its first classes in August of 2014.

For more information regarding Western: CFA, please contact Peter Boyle, Founding School Director, at (623) 249-3900 ext. 304 or via email at pboyle@western.teamcfa.org.