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Robotics Club gears up for Girl Powered STEM event

October 02, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

Women only make up 24 percent of the STEM fields, according to VEX Robotics, which is why it launched its Girl Powered initiative. Inspired by that initiative, GCU’s Robotics Club is bringing back its Girl Powered STEM Workshop on Saturday in the Technology Building for girls in fourth through eighth grades. “We want to have that awareness at an early age that STEM is not exclusive to boys,” said Ed Koeneman, the Robotics Club’s advisor and an instructor in electrical engineering technology.

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IT-cyber program gets NSA, DHS stamp of approval

September 23, 2019 / by / 2 Comments

GCU’s IT-cybersecurity bachelor’s degree program just received a prestigious designation, being named a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education. The award is given by the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security after a program meets stringent criteria. “This is a big deal,” said Dr. Heather Monthie, Associate Dean of the College of Science, Engineering and Technology. “This is essentially their stamp of approval on our cybersecurity program.” What that means for students: They’ll have even more access to government jobs and scholarships.

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Blindness can’t slow down Honors College student

July 09, 2019 / by / 1 Comment

When Brian Mucyo was 6, his parents had to send their son to a country more medically equipped to care for the deterioration of his vision. With only 10% visibility left in his left eye and a prosthetic eye for his right, Mucyo lived in Belgium for several years before moving to America to complete high school and eventually enroll at GCU. Now he’s an Honors College student and uses the skills he has developed in his travels (specifically, the four languages he now speaks fluently) to help other international students create the confidence to speak and learn English.

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GCU STEM camps balance youths’ summer equation

June 20, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

“We’re the better neurons!” one student declared at GCU’s Biovision Day Camp after playing a few rounds of the Neuron Game. Sixth through ninth graders not only made like neurons but were wowed by the colors of light streaming through spectroscopes, gandered at 3D printers and more at the camp. It was just one of a quartet of STEM-savvy Thunder Vision offerings, with a different science and tech focus each day (Robovision, Ecovision and Cybervision among them) offered by the University’s K12 Educational Development. More than 500 students are attending the one-day camps, which wrap up today.

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Right formula: Science camp at Learning Lounge

June 06, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

“Is this seaweed?” asked one second-grader on Tuesday morning at the new Learning Lounge at the Milwaukee Brewers’ baseball complex before diving into the other items nestled in a bucket before her: feathers, seashells, a crab leg. It was just one of the science activities that kept second- through fifth-graders busy at the Learning Lounge Science Camp. It’s one of two one-week camps at the new Brewers Learning Lounge, opened to expand GCU’s outreach into the community, which will be followed by two more one-week camps on the GCU campus Learning Lounge this June.

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Mobile laundry cleans up at GCU’s Canyon Showcase

May 08, 2019 / by / 1 Comment

Students at Victory Collegiate Academy wanted to build a tiny house as a project. But they wondered, how would a tiny house help their community? So, instead, they decided to tackle a problem they discovered at their school. They found out 30% of the students at the academy, which is in the heart of Maryvale, do not have access to running water. Their solution was to build the first free, mobile, laundry. The project won the school the Canyon Challenge Grant, presented Tuesday at the Canyon Showcase by K12 Educational Development. The school received $11,000, including last night’s $2,000 grant. It was just one of 20 projects by eight schools who participated in the Showcase in a “public display of learning” from three of the department’s education and STEM initiatives — the STEM Impact Grant, STEM Ready 1 and Canyon Inquiry.

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Maryvale HEROs inspired to embrace opportunity

April 22, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

About 3,000 eighth- and ninth-graders from 10 Maryvale schools connected with their community Thursday at GCU Arena during the HERO U Convention — the kickoff of a three-part youth development program created by the Maryvale Revitalization Corporation, one of the University’s partners in transforming the community around GCU. About 750 Canyon Christians Schools Consortium Scholars also were there to volunteer and show their support. Said Dr. Jennifer Johnson, Director of Academic Alliances for Grand Canyon Education, “It’s yet another example of all of us wrapping our arms around all of the kids in the community to make sure they know about their opportunities and that people really care about them.”

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Students share struggles, inspire others at banquet

April 17, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

Adriana Quintanares moved to the United States when she was 4 years old, not speaking a word of English. She remembers her immigrant parents buying her a dictionary and looking up every word — every single word — to help her understand her homework. “My family, of course — and God — have kept me going,” said the GCU biology junior. Juan Colorado-Alvarez spoke about those school lunches no one seemed to like very much. He looked forward to them; sometimes those school lunches were the only meals he would eat. His immigrant parents, who worked two jobs each, constantly struggled to make it paycheck to paycheck. Quintanares and Colorado-Alvarez, a junior accounting major, reached deep and shared their hardships and how the Students Inspiring Students scholarship changed their lives at Tuesday’s SIS scholarship reception.

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GCU event helps teachers support students in crisis

April 15, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

Being a teacher these days encompasses so much more than leading a classroom lesson. They also are on the front line as community leaders who must support students in many other ways. They furthered their education on trauma-informed education Friday at the Making T.I.E.S. Conference in GCU Arena by learning how to help students who may be experiencing a crisis in their lives, from bullying to relationship struggles, a stressful home life, abuse and more. “Schools are seeing a tremendous need to be informed and ready to help kids of trauma as they enter the classroom,” said Corinne Araza, Director of K12 Development. It was the first conference on trauma-informed educational support organized by GCU.

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Game on for robotics at GCU for FIRST competition

April 08, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

Hundreds of high school students on more than 40 teams descended Friday and Saturday on GCU Arena to compete in the Arizona West Regional FIRST Robotics Competition, where they unleashed their robots on the field of play. Their mission in the space-themed competition: Fill their spaceships with valuable payload using, of course, their robots. One group volunteering at the event was GCU’s Thunderbots. Said Thunderbots advisor Ed Koeneman, who teaches electrical engineering technology, “It’s important for high school students to see that college kids are continuing on in this fun world of robotics.”

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