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“Oh! I just got an idea!” Students at Carden of Tucson turn their ideas into inventions. A unique program called Invention Convention challenges students to find ways to change the world. This year’s Invention Convention will be held March 8 from 12:30 to 4 p.m. at the University of Arizona ENR2.

The Invention Convention started in Connecticut in 1983, and asks students to find problems that need solutions. These solutions become brand new inventions. Educators at Carden of Tucson loved this idea and wanted to bring it to their students.

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My family visited a fascinating spot in Phoenix called Arizona Falls. It is the first hydroelectric power generating station in Phoenix. Arizona Falls makes electricity from the power of water falling and spinning a turbine.

Our water comes from melting snow in the mountains, which goes into streams and lakes of the Salt River. Lakes were created from the damns SRP built along the Salt River to prevent flooding. The dams also create energy, and most importantly keep our water supply full.

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Robots are cool! They are cool because they can do things that are really hard or even impossible for humans to do! Robots come in all shapes and sizes. One could look like a human and another could look like a table!

So what is a robot? A robot is a machine that can do tasks that it is programmed to do on its own. A robot can only do what a human has programmed it to do.

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In 2018, Boy Scouts of America made the historic decision to change its name to Scouts BSA, and allow girls to join troops. According to the Boy Scouts website, since then over 5,000 young ladies have earned Eagle Scout rank, and over 75% of those females reported that scouting had a very positive effect on their abilities to set and achieve goals.

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An AI-powered chatbot, a beach cat videogame, and a stress management website were among the projects presented at the 2023 UArizona Girls Who Code Project Showcase. The club aims to close the gender gap in technology by offering free coding classes to 6–12 graders. It’s taught by UArizona graduate and undergraduate students.

“Girls Who Code is totally worth it,” says Alysia Seery, a sixth grader at Alice Vail Middle School. “It is really fun, and the facilitators are nice.” At the Project Showcase, students were stationed at laptops and demonstrated their projects to spectators.

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SARSEF is a science and engineering fair for grades Pre-K and up. My project this year was the Travel-Sized Sink. I made it because whenever my family goes to the bathrooms at the park they are dirty and never have soap.

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 Do you know what an Eagle Scout is? Well, the Young Reporters were able to interview Esai Aviles recently, and he told us all about Eagle Scouts.

A couple of facts about Scouts most people may not know is that there is a lot of charity involved and helping the community. Less than 10% of Boy Scouts achieve the highest rank of an Eagle Scout.

Esai was a Young Reporter for six or seven years and he’s been an Scout for about eight years. He first started as a Cub Scout when he was in first grade because his mom signed him up and he wanted to have fun with friends.

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Most people typically think of cars when they hear that Barrett-Jackson is coming into town. However, amidst all of those cars, there’s a place that younger people might also like. It is called STEM Fest. From geodes to virtual reality to offers for sailing classes, and everything in between, it truly is a festival to celebrate stem! If you can name it, they have it. But you may be asking “What is STEM Fest?”

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