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School Times: Monsanto Fund gives Sunnyside robotics program $10K

The philanthropic arm of the Bayer Company, the Monsanto Fund has given Lauffer Middle School’s robotics program a $10,000 donation.

As per a press release, the donation will let Lauffer to expand the program to the greater Sunnyside Unified School District community and to create a seamless pipeline between Craycroft Elementary, Lauffer and Desert View High, which all emphasize STEM education.

Both Craycroft and Lauffer facilitate robotics programs that teach students the ins and outs of coding, while Desert View offers a precision-manufacturing program that gives industry certifications.

Four Audit Committee-

State school Superintendent Kathy Hoffman has created a committee to audit the Department of Education’s finances, and four of those appointees have Tucson ties.

The four auditors are prominent names like Ricky Hernandez, chief operating officer of the University of Arizona Alumni Association; Lizette Huie, business services coordinator in the Sahuarita Unified School District; Norman Purdy, director of student data and state reporting outreach in the Vail School District; and Tina Norton, assistant superintendent and chief financial officer at the Pima County Joint Technological Education District.

As per Hoffman, she created the audit committee to fulfill her pledge to be a “good steward of taxpayer dollars,” according to a press release.

Education Ideas-

Spring Edcamp will be hosted on Saturday, Feb. 9 by CITY Center for Collaborative Learning.

Edcamp is a participant-led professional-development opportunity following the “unconference” approach, which means attendees will decide the agenda on the day of the event, according to a press release. Past Edcamp agendas have touched on topics of various dimensions like education strategy, technology, and innovation.

Edcamp is open to educators and non-educators alike. Registration is open online. Registration is $5 online but will be refunded upon arrival. The event starts at 8:30 a.m. at CITY’s downtown campus, 37 E. Pennington St.

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