Science, Social Studies & Mathematics
2019 Science & Engineering Fair and SciTech Expo
The Mesa Public Schools District Science & Engineering Fair will be held on Wednesday, February 27th and Thursday, February 28th, 2019, at Westwood High School.
The 2019 SciTech Expo will be held on March 2, 2019, from 10am - 2pm at Westwood High School! Mark your calendars for this Arizona SciTech Signature Event, and check out last year's video to see some of the great things in store!
News & Events
Brittney Oden and Kimberly Lind Recognized as ASTA Science Teachers of the Year!
Two Mesa Public Schools teachers have won this year's Arizona Science Teachers Association 2018 Teacher of the Year Awards! Brittney Oden of Rhodes Jr. High and Kimberly Lind of Dobson have demonstrated the scientific attitudes, skills, and knowledge to guide students in 21st Century learning and STEM education in Arizona. Their classroom practices and leadership have singled them out as highly effective teachers of science.
Ms. Oden, who teaches Science through Applied Learning for students with Intellectual Disabilities and Autism, was named the Middle School Science Teacher of the Year. By connecting special ed. curriculum with project-based learning in science, she is paving the way for developing new educational experiences for all Mesa Public School students. Last year Brittney single-handedly organized and delivered a whole district special education science fair. She has presented at ASU on successful diverse classrooms and has written "Women in Science" differentiation units for teachers. Most inspiring is that Brittney did not begin her teaching path in this direction, but was a "reluctant" scientist. Her love of students, inquiry, and application has driven her to be a beacon of science for ALL students at Rhodes Jr. High.
Chemistry teacher Ms. Lind was named the Novice Science Teacher of the Year. Kim seamlessly blends technology and inquiry hands-on learning to generate energy and enthusiasm that is so infectious that the kids get excited about science! Students in Kim's class discover science rather than recite memorized science facts. Her ability to develop meaningful relationships with students and availability outside of class lets students and parents know that her focus is on their success and well-being. She is highly involved in Dobson's community writing a monthly community newsletter, serving as the school's social committee chair in charge of staff team building, sitting on the school improvement advisory committee, mentoring varsity boys soccer, and volunteering as this year's prom coordinator.