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Mountain View School District GATE Students Explore Art, Science and Anatomy

Dr. Richard Shope, UC Irvine professor and research consultant for JPL, shows Mountain View School District Board of Education president, Patsy Sutley some of the work the students participating in the GATE Institute are doing in his Astrobiology class.

By Michele Earle

El Monte

Thanks to a great partnership between the Mountain View School District (MVSD) and the Youth Science Center, 85 GATE (Gifted And Talented Education) students from MVSD have spent the past three Saturdays engaged in art, science and anatomy during the Spring GATE Institute.

Students are able to gain educational enrichment by participating in the institutes.  Eager to enhance their skills and showcase their passion for learning, the participants didn’t mind spending their Saturdays in school.  Helping the students explore Astrobiology is Dr.  Richard Shope, a professor at U.C. Irvine and research consultant for JPL who introduced the students to the study of planetary elements and their physiological differences.  Mrs. Cati Garcia, YSC instructor, is teaching “From Head to Toe” a class on Human Anatomy and Anthony Tanaka is providing instruction in web design where students have the opportunity to create a website using the latest techniques and software in graphic designing.   Local renowned artist and MVSD employee, Dolores Haro is teaching “Principles of Art” and providing students the basic techniques of lead art and water colors.

“Our collaboration with the Youth Science Center has provided our students with excellent learning opportunities for several years,” said Darin De Knikker, MVSD’s Director of Student Support Services.  “We are grateful to be able to partner with the Youth Science Center and bring such wonderful educational enrichment to our students and engage them in hands-on learning in different subject areas from their regular instructional day.”

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