Evolution of Agriculture

A One-Minute Documentary

By Alexa Nash

April 28, 2017

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Evolution of Agriculture

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A map locating public, K-12 STEM programs in Virginia

 By Alexa Nash

April 5, 2017

nashab@vcu.edu

Click on the red points on the map to discover the K-12 STEM programs in the state of Virginia. The descriptions feature the address, website and the percent of females enrolled at the respective school. Some data points were unable to be recovered, so the map will be continually updated.

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TBD= To Be Determined; updates needed.

Sources:

  1. http://www.doe.virginia.gov/instruction/career_technical/gov_academies/academies/index.shtml
  2. https://www.stemschool.com/schools/virginia
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St. Catherine’s School students solve mock crime scene mystery

By Alexa Nash

March 2, 2017

nashab@vcu.edu

A high school class of sophomores and juniors at St. Catherine’s School, an age 3 through 12th grade all-girls school in Richmond, Va., took part in a mock crime scene as a part of a week-long program called X-Term: an experiential learning program in coordination with St. Christopher’s School to enhance understanding of new material. They had to solve a “murder” by using evidence they collected at the crime scene as well as “suspect” interviews.

This term’s theme was forensics, and the students learned how to process a crime scene which includes identifying the parts of the skeleton, dusting for fingerprints, testing dirt samples, analyzing blood spatter and testing for poison. The students, broken up into two groups, went through the entire forensic process for the mock crime scene, and each member of the group had a specific job that mimics a real crime scene.

Their teachers, Jennifer Harper and Jeanette Adkins, gave the students a list of suspects and their fingerprints. The group members interviewed the suspects based on evidence collected. While neither group identified the correct “perpetrator,” their processed evidence and interviews pointed to two different suspects with two different motives: The need for money for a trip to London and having the same hair color which was found on the crime scene. The “murderer” was later identified as Dr. Ryan Warren, based on fingerprints and his shoe print.

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The first group enters the mock crime scene and immediately begins to document evidence. Photo by Alexa Nash.

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Females forge a new STEM culture

Education programs in the Richmond, Va. region work to bridge the gender gap in male-dominated STEM careers.

By Alexa Nash

UPDATE: April 12, 2017

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A second-grade STEM class at St. Catherine’s School in Richmond, Va. learns about how air fills space to better understand its relevancy to an air pressure experiment Feb. 27. Photo by Alexa Nash.

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