Everything, when it’s about 18 U.S. Schools being named Intel Schools of Distinction Award (SODA) Finalists.The winning schools, to be honored in September at an awards reception in Washington, D.C., serve as outstanding examples of leaders in preparing tomorrow’s innovators. Six of these schools will be named Intel Schools of Distinction and one a “Star Innovator,” in September. The school finalists in the science category provide a rich science curriculum incorporating hands-on investigative experiences which prepare students for 21st century jobs. Programs encourage student achievement in sciences and engineering, while simultaneously helping students become knowledgeable consumers of news and data in order to be active and informed citizens. The school finalists in the mathematics category offer their students a rigorous, challenging and engaging program which teaches mathematics skills and how to apply them to solve real-life problems, approach projects as a member of a team and communicate succinctly on the subject. Check out the 18 finalist schools yourself to see what makes them SODA worthy: Mathematics Elementary: Crellin Elementary, Oakland, Md.; Hollin Meadows Elementary, Alexandria, Va.; TOSA School of Health Science & Technology, Wauwatosa, Wis. Mathematics Middle: Conyers Middle School, Conyers, Ga.; Millikan (Robert A.) Middle, Sherman Oaks, Calif.; Valley Christian Junior High, San Jose, Calif. Mathematics High: Andover High, Andover, Mass.; Byron Senior High, Byron, Minn.; Leadership Public Schools, Hayward, Calif. Science Elementary: Farmington View Elementary, Hillsboro, Ore.; Walton Elementary, Walton, Kan.; Zachary Elementary, Zachary, La. Science Middle: New Bridge Middle, Jacksonville, N.C.; Preston Middle School, Fort Collins, Colo.; Sandy Run Middle School, Dresher, Pa. Science High: Brooklyn Technical High, Brooklyn, N.Y.; California Academy of Mathematics & Science, Carson, Calif.; Lynbrook High, San Jose, Calif.
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