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Bubba Brown, The Park Record

Like the rest of her peers, Kristina Schiffman knows that robotics, like many STEM programs, has long been seen as an arena largely reserved for boys.

But not anymore.

Schiffman and a group of girls at Park City High School are fighting back at that stereotype. 

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Bubba Brown, The Park Record

The Park City Board of Education issued a show of support for its Latino students after the capture of four undocumented residents by federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials on Feb. 17 shook the town's Hispanic community.

At a public meeting Tuesday, board member Petra Butler read a statement that said the district wants to ensure schools are a safe place for all students at a time when many immigrant families are fearful of sending their children to class.

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Bubba Brown, The Park Record

Charlie Matthews looked around the gymnasium, where dozens of science fair projects were lined up in rows, and smiled.

Matthews is the Park City School District's STEM coordinator, overseeing efforts to ensure students are well-versed in science, technology, engineering and math concepts and prepared for 21st century jobs once they graduate. For him, the district's annual science fair is an opportunity to see firsthand the progress the district is making, and he said he was impressed with what students had come up with during this year's event, held last Friday.

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Bubba Brown, The Park Record

Park City High School students Natalie Haerter, Ishan Chho and Cole Stanton heard from many naysayers.

The students had been tasked with designing a mobile STEM classroom out of a bus for their semester-long project in the PCCAPS (Park City Center for Advanced Professional Studies) program. The goal was to create a model the STEM Action Center — a Utah organization dedicated to teaching students science, technology, engineering and math — could build and take to schools throughout Utah.

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Bubba Brown, The Park Record

Each year, when fall fades into winter and the weather turns cold, dozens of phone calls from teachers and counselors seeking help to clothe students who don't have coats, warm pants or snow boots flow in from elementary schools to the Park City Education Foundation.

This winter, the stream of calls turned into a flood.

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Bubba Brown, The Park Record

In the first quarter of the school year, Treasure Mountain Junior High School saw a 4-percent reduction in Ds and Fs compared to the first quarter of 2015.

The school didn't do it by changing what students are learning in the classroom. And this year's crop of students isn't 4-percent smarter than last year's eighth- and ninth-graders. So what's changed?

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