Hands-on learning strengthens science education
By Aakash Jain ’14 THE ROUNDUP Nearly 25 percent of American parents say their children’s schools do not emphasize science enough, according to a December 2013 NPR article. Last year’s Program for International Student Assessment study indicated that the United States ranks 28th globally in science education. These statistics are troubling, especially considering that U.S. students will eventually compete for jobs in an increasingly high-tech global economy. According to the same…
Video: Science fair encourages experimentation, interest among students

Students tested and experimented to create projects to showcase at the annual science fair in February.

Students who won 1st place in their category moved on the Arizona Science and Engineering Fair on April 1st, after which the top students will attend the International Science and Engineering fair in Philadelphia.

Controversial research spurs criticism in scientific community

By Aakash Jain ’14

British researcher Andrew Wakefield published a paper, “MMR vaccination and autism,” in The Lancet, Feb. 28,1998, proposing a strong correlation between the measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine, autism, and a form of inflammatory bowel disease he called Autistic enterocolitis.

In the paper, Wakefield emphasized the relationship between the MMR vaccine and autism was unclear.