Back in July, the IUSD Board of Education approved the second phase of an ambitious effort to harness solar energy, green-lighting plans to add vehicle shade structures topped with photovoltaic panels to the parking lots of nine campuses, including University High School. When you combine both phases of the unique power-purchasing agreement, the districts expects to save about $500,000 a year with no upfront capital costs.
The Orange County Register has released its latest rundown of the county’s "best elementary schools" of 2013, with four IUSD campuses making the top 10. Overall, a dozen Irvine elementary sites earned honors with symbolic gold, silver or bronze medals. As we’ve said in previous posts, IUSD generally doesn’t emphasize school rankings, recognizing that each list is limited by its own criteria.
More than 400 students from the Irvine and Tustin unified school districts showcased their own creative inventions and fielded questions from curious visitors during the 26th annual Astounding Inventions contest.
As we touched on in an earlier post, IUSD continues to explore new technologies in and out of the classroom, with the intent of leveraging the talents of its staff and engaging students. Well, student engagement was definitely on the mind of one Plaza Vista School teacher, who recently asked kids to come up with their own technological innovations for the school’s first-ever Technology Applied Science Fair.
“Will The Infrared Light Emitted By The Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) Affect The Color Sorting Sensors At Candy Factories?” “The Effect Of Transforming Ampicillin-Resistant And Kanamycin-Resistant Plasmids On The Percentage Of E.coli That Is Double Resistant To Ampicillin And Kanamycin” “Who Has More Bacteria In Their Mouth - A Human Or A Dog?” These are all projects from last year's District Science Fair, and we're pretty sure we understand the premise of one of them, though we’re not saying which one.
About 400 IUSD middle schoolers recently got a chance to test-drive potential careers in physics, robotics, aerospace, health and other specialized fields during a long-running science conference at UCI.