The Arizona Science Bowl is an exciting STEM competition in Arizona for middle school students. This is a regional event of the National Science Bowl and is sponsored nationwide by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science.

The competition is open to teams from throughout the State of Arizona. Winners of the regional Science Bowl advance to the National Science Bowl in Washington, D.C.

Black History Month is celebrated annually in the United States during February. Black history month is also known as African-American History Month. 

Black history month is a month to remember all those important African-American people in history that have fought for their rights as US citizens. Martin Luther King Jr. fought for his rights. He is remembered for his, “I have a dream” speech. 

Laser pointers are helpful when used appropriately, but they can also be extremely dangerous if used in the wrong way, such as when the laser light is pointed at flying airplanes.  When pointed at airplanes, the laser light can distract or blind the pilot and cause a serious accident. 

Ian Gregor works for the Federal Aviation Administration.  He is the Public Affairs Manager. What Gregor likes most about his job is talking about airplanes and aviation, and talking to reporters.

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Well, folks, do you know what time is nearly here? Of course you do—it’s time for the science fair! First, your own school will organize a science fair and then if your project is judged among the best, your project is sent to Southern Arizona Regional Science and Engineering Foundation (SARSEF) Science Fair. You’ll know if you got into the science fair by late February and early March. 

Thanksgiving is a day to give thanks. It all began in November 1621, when the pilgrims got together with the Wampanoag Indians for an autumn feast, which is now regarded as America’s first Thanksgiving.

It has been an annual holiday in the U.S since 1863. Many people celebrate Thanksgiving by going to a nice restaurant or going to someone’s house to celebrate with the whole family. Some people even have a checklist that tells who is bringing what dish to share.

At the age of 86, former Astronaut Buzz Aldrin is going on a trip to the South Pole from Nov. 22 through Dec. 12, 2016. He’s already been on adventures down to the Titanic, to deserts, the North Pole and almost every other location on Earth. He also went to the moon!

The middle school he once attended in New Jersey has been renamed after him. So instead of Montclair, the name of the school was changed to The Buzz Aldrin Middle School/The Moon.

Do you think bullying is a big deal? It is a big deal and is one of the major issues at schools today. It is a very hurtful thing that can happen.

Angela Cravener, a psychologist at Arizona Desert Elementary, knows about this huge issue. Cravener, a mother of two daughters, has a counseling master’s degree and has helped children for 10 years. She gives speeches against bullying and bullying prevention lessons.

I recently interviewed Nancy Pina-Gray, a retired teacher from our school district who is running for the Roosevelt School Board to learn more about her candidacy.

Pina-Gray says she wants to join the school board to help make things better for the students. She explains that the school board makes the decisions on how money is spent and what programs are available to students.

Imagine making a difference someday by casting your vote today. Kids Voting started in 1988 as a way to create voting habits. Susan Nusall, director of volunteers and state coordinator for Kids Voting, says the program teaches kids how to vote, ballot issues and why it is important to vote. Nusall says the goal is to teach the process and increase voter turnout.

Joannie Collins, chief administrative officer for Kids Voting, says it’s important for kids to vote because they need to know they have a voice and use it.

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