Participation in Coast Guard Academy’s Robotics on the Water Competition (AROW) More than Doubles in its 2nd year

Exciting competition supports STEM education

Lt. Kyle Ensley assists Jumoke Akindele of Mt. Pleasant in assembling her team’s craft at the AROW Competition held in the PCTA Field House.

Lt. Kyle Ensley assists Jumoke Akindele of Mt. Pleasant in assembling her team’s craft at the AROW Competition held in the PCTA Field House.

It was a race against time and each other as nearly 50 pre-engineering students from three Providence high schools attempted to rescue passengers from a burning boat, capture a drug runner and clean up an oil spill, all within a few seconds. Adding to the tension is the fact that they were being closely watched by their teachers, competitors, several engineers from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and the local Civil Engineering Unit (CEU) in Warwick, including the CEU commanding officer.

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Leviton Dual Language Elementary School Partners with National Grid for Science

Kindergarten children “swim” below the fish they made in a hands-on Dual Language science lesson with volunteers from National Grid.

Kindergarten children “swim” below the fish they made in a hands-on Dual Language science lesson with volunteers from National Grid.

Leviton Dual Language Elementary School partnered with National Grid on February 26 for a day of scientific exploration. National Grid is committed to supporting the communities it serves by reaching out to various neighborhoods to find ways to help them and the people who live there. The company honored its sense of community by enlisting eight volunteers who visited Leviton Dual Language Elementary School to work with teachers and students by bringing science investigations from the Foss Science Kits to life.  Continue reading

PCTA Students Display Their Skills at the Home Show

Mayor Jorge Elorza visited the Home Show and congratulated PCTA students on a job well done with the home showcase.

Mayor Jorge Elorza visited the Home Show and congratulated PCTA students on a job well done with the home showcase.

For several weeks this past winter, carpentry students at the Providence Career and Technical Academy, were involved in a unique, high-profile project. After being approached by the Rhode Island Builders Association (RIBA), teachers Patrick Bowen and Ronald Carreiro seized the opportunity to instruct their students in building a model showcase home for the Rhode Island Home Show. The home was a centerpiece of the event, held at the Rhode Island Convention Center from March 5-8, and was used to display Cabot House furniture.

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Mayor Jorge Elorza Joins Supt. Susan Lusi and Officials for Ribbon-cutting for Biotechnology Laboratory

Mayor Elorza, Superintendent Lusi, URI’s Dr. Albert Kausch, school staff and students cut the ribbon on JSEC’s brand new biotechnology lab.

Mayor Elorza, Superintendent Lusi, URI’s Dr. Albert Kausch, school staff and students cut the ribbon on JSEC’s brand new biotechnology lab.

It was a proud day for Providence Public Schools, especially the Juanita Sanchez Educational Complex (JSEC), as Superintendent Dr. Susan Lusi, Mayor Jorge O. Elorza, University of Rhode Island representatives, elected officials and JSEC staff and students joined together for a ribbon-cutting on March 18 for a new biotechnology laboratory that is designed and equipped to mirror biotechnology firms and university laboratories.

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Providence Schools and the Paul Cuffee School Launch the Providence Parent Academy

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Mayor Jorge Elorza speaks at a press conference announcing the launch of the Providence Parents Academy. Seated, from left, are Amy Punchak, co-chair of the Parents Advisory Committee, Supt. Lusi and Paul Cuffee Head of School Christopher Haskins.

In a joint announcement on March 16, Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza, School Superintendent Dr. Susan Lusi and Paul Cuffee Head of School Christopher Haskins joined together to announce the launch of the Providence Parent Academy, a community-driven initiative designed to provide families with the tools and resources they need to become more meaningfully engaged in their children’s education.  Continue reading