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Traip Academy’s FIRST ® Robotics Team Receives Sponsorship Support from JCPenney

Traip Academy’s FIRST ® Robotics Team Receives Sponsorship Support from JCPenney

Support will help local Kittery students prepare for FIRST Regional Competition


Kittery Maine, 2/7/2011 ? FIRST® team # 3597 at Traip Academy High School is one of 500 high school teams being sponsored this year by JCPenney as part of the company’s multi-year goal to bring FIRST to more than 1,100 communities in the U.S. FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is a not-for-profit organization founded by Dean Kamen to inspire young people’s interest and participation in science and technology by engaging them in innovative robotics competitions.

CORNING INCORPORATED FOUNDATION HELPS EDUCATION PROGRAMS AT WELLS RESERVE

WELLS, MAINE - School field trip programs and public education offerings at the Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve are getting a boost from a donation made recently by the Corning Incorporated Foundation to Laudholm Trust, the Wells Reserve's nonprofit partner.

"The educators at the Wells Reserve do an excellent job engaging people in environmental learning," said Diana Joyner, president of Laudholm Trust.
"This grant from the Corning Incorporated Foundation will give them the support they need to keep innovating."

Every year, Wells Reserve education programs give hundreds of school children and their teachers hands-on instruction in a variety of coastal habitats and a dedicated teaching laboratory.

SCHOOL BREAK ACTIVITIES FROM THE WELLS RESERVE AT LAUDHOLM

Tuesday, February 22, 12 to 3 pm
Owl Detectives program for ages 6 to 9. Discover which owls make their winter homes around the Wells Reserve at Laudholm and look for evidence they have left along the trails. What do owls eat? Can you hear as well as an owl? Dissect the clues with experienced educators. $24/18. Registration required. FMI 207-646-1555 ext 142 or camps@wellsnerr.org.

Wednesday, February 23, 12 to 3 pm
Coyotes, Bobcats, and Beavers - Oh My! for ages 9 to 12. Get a close look at animal artifacts and become a detective searching for wildlife clues along the trails of the Wells Reserve at Laudholm. Create your own ultimate winter-survival animal to take home. $24/18. Registration required. FMI
207-646-1555 ext 142 or camps@wellsnerr.org.

Thursday, February 24, 10 am to 2 pm
Winter Wildlife Day.

Maine Students Score Better Than in Most States on National Science Test

Maine students outperformed students in most other states on the National Assessment of Educational Progress, the only test of student achievement that allows comparison of student performance across states.

Maine tied for the fifth highest science score in grade 4 and tied for eighth highest in grade 8. By some measures, such as percent of student proficiency, Maine ranks even higher on the test, which was administered in 2009 and is being reported today.

Statewide at the fourth grade, 42 percent of students in Maine scored at the “proficient” level or above. In the eighth grade, 35 percent of students scored at or above the “proficient” level.

Maine’s lower-income students are doing well compared to in other states and the nation as a whole. In Maine, 29 percent of students eligible for free or reduced lunch in the 4th grade scored at or above the “proficient” level compared to 16 percent nationally.

York County Community College Ranked 19th Fastest Growing Two-Year College

York County Community College Ranked 19th Fastest Growing Two-Year College

York County Community College Makes National Ranking

YCCC 19th  fastest growing two-year college of its size in nation.

York County Community College in Wells, the youngest of Maine’s seven community colleges,  is one of the fastest growing two-year colleges in the nation, according to a study recently released by Community College Week (CCW).  YCCC was honored as 19th in the category representing community colleges with enrollments under 2,500.  CCW honored 50 of the 391 community colleges in that category.

The study was based on enrollment growth between the Fall 2008 and Fall 2009 semesters.

Legislative Breakfast Hosted by YCCC President

Legislative Breakfast Hosted by YCCC President

Legislative Breakfast Hosted by President Lyons

Wells-  Dr. Charles Lyons, president of York County Community College, invited both the newly elected, as well as, the returning York County State Legislators to the YCCC College Drive campus for his annual Legislative Breakfast.   

During the breakfast, which was prepared by the YCCC Culinary Arts Program students, Dr.

Legislative Breakfast Hosted by President Lyons

Legislative Breakfast Hosted by President Lyons

Wells-  Dr. Charles Lyons, president of York County Community College, invited both the newly elected, as well as, the returning York County State Legislators to the YCCC College Drive campus for his annual Legislative Breakfast.  
During the breakfast, which was prepared by the YCCC Culinary Arts Program students, Dr.