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Teacher Wins the American Institute of Chemical Engineers Math Teacher of the Year

Teacher Wins the American Institute of Chemical Engineers Math Teacher of the Year

Lakeland, Florida-- Sometimes in life, the people around you try their best to convince you two plus two equals five. Polk County Public Schools math teacher, Michael Marocco knows this all too well. He says he’s always wanted to be a teacher. But when he first expressed this goal to one of his former teachers the response was, “Don’t teach. Make more money.”

Students lead students in Computer Exploration Lab

Students lead students in Computer Exploration Lab

Bartow, FL -- Gause Academy students recently participated in a crash course in building and repairing computers.  Students and staff from Polk State College (PSC) Collegiate High, and students from Traviss Career Center, visited Gause Academy to guide sixth, seventh and eighth grade students through a Computer Exploration Lab.

According to Gause Academy instructor Angela Price, the exercise involved both academic and business/computer classes.

Bartow Middle wins state FFA event

Bartow Middle wins state FFA event

Bartow, FL -- Florida Future Farmers of America (FFA) recently named Bartow Middle School the state winner in the 2011 Food Science & Technology Career Development Event (CDE).

The event was held on Dec. 3, 2011, at the University of Florida. Bartow Middle beat out 13 other middle schools to win the honor. In the individual competition, Devin Dye placed 2nd and Rebecca Ruffi placed 3rd.

The competition, held annually, is designed to stimulate learning activities in the food science and technology areas.

'Pet Connection' interactive webcast series debuts with holiday show

'Pet Connection' interactive webcast series debuts with holiday show

Polk County, FL -- Polk’s Government Television (PGTV), in partnership with Orchid Springs Animal Hospital, announces the debut of a new interactive webcast series especially for animal lovers.  “Pet Connection with Dr. Mitsie Vargas” kicks off with a holiday theme on Tuesday, Dec. 6, from 7-8 p.m.

Unlike with a television show, internet viewers determine the content of the program, with each webcast having a specific theme or topic.

Traffic app helps holiday shoppers

Before you head out to the mall this year for Christmas shopping keep in mind that you can take a look at what traffic looks like before you get on the highway.

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) has an app for that.

The Florida 511 app now features traffic camera views that show crashes, congestion and other incidents on all of Florida's interstates and roll roads. The app uses the iPhone's GPS tracking to provide you with traffic information within miles of your location.

Space Night at Jesse Keen Elementary

Space Night at Jesse Keen Elementary

Jesse Keen Elementary is proud several teachers attended the week-long Space Camp held this summer at the Kathleen Aerospace Academy and sponsored by NASA and the Huntsville, Alabama Space Camp. 

As an extension of the outstanding experience they had there, Jillian Castro, Kindergarten teacher, and Angela Huron, 5th grade teacher, hosted a Space Night for the students of Jesse Keen and had about 600 people in attendance.