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Polk student Christopher Worcester to attend NYLF in Wash., DC

Polk student Christopher Worcester to attend NYLF in Wash., DC

Lakeland, FL -- Central Florida Aerospace Academy of Kathleen High School student Christopher Worcester has been chosen to attend the National Youth Leadership Forum on National Security in Washington, DC this week (Oct. 10, 2011).

The 10th grade student will be participating in most of his activities at the United States Marine Corps Center in Quantico, Virginia near Washington.  He will be taking part in learning about national security with other students from around the nation.

Lawton Chiles Middle Academy teacher wins over $200,000 to benefit classroom

Lawton Chiles Middle Academy teacher wins over $200,000 to benefit classroom

Lakeland, FL -- Over the last several years, Lawton Chiles Middle Academy teacher Debbie Viertel has turned her classroom into an environmental research laboratory. The laboratory allows her to place students into small groups and focus on hands-on experiences with science and technology.

Students collaborate with their peers in researching and creating solutions to local environmental challenges. They create PowerPoint presentations, Facebook accounts and web pages, host awareness booths at public events, produce video documentaries, and present their findings at the annual Environmental Symposium—sponsored by Lawton Chiles Middle’s business partner, Wheelabrator.

Three Polk County agri teachers honored by Polk Farm Bureau

Three Polk County agri teachers honored by Polk Farm Bureau

Three agriculture teachers from Polk County School District have been recognized for outstanding achievements by the Polk County Farm Bureau (PCFB) at the organization’s annual meeting last month in Bartow.

Photo Gallery: Teachers honored by Polk Farm Bureau

Kathleen High School teachers Keitha Hall and Kyle Carlton were recognized as the PCFB “Agriculture Program of the Year” for 2011.  Founded in 1937, the program currently consists of 300 students and offers courses in forestry, horticulture, animal science, aquaculture, agriculture mechanics, and agriculture communications. 

Carlton graduated from the University of South Florida and has been an agriculture teacher at Kathleen since 2000.  Hall graduated from the University of Florida and has been an agriculture teacher for twelve years.

Lakeland Regional expands wireless capabilities

Lakeland Regional expands wireless capabilities

Lakeland, FL -- Lakeland Regional announced that as of Sept. 1, patients and visitors will have expanded wireless capabilities throughout the hospital’s main campus. 

The expansion provides complete wireless coverage to all patient treatment areas and patient rooms. In addition, it provides increased speed and comprehensive geographical coverage.

“This expansion will not only help patients and visitors stay connected to family and friends while they are here, but it will also add needed support for hospital initiatives, such as the roll out of the next phase of our electronic health record, which will go live in October,” Elizabeth Kerns, Lakeland Regional’s Chief Technology Officer said in a release.

Lake Alfred Addair Middle teacher practiced extreme science at magnetic lab

Lake Alfred Addair Middle teacher practiced extreme science at magnetic lab

Leonda Narramore, a teacher at Lake Alfred Addair Middle, spent six weeks of her summer delving into cutting-edge science at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory in Tallahassee.

The National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, one of only nine of its kind in the world, develops and operates state-of-the-art, high magnetic field facilities used by visiting educators, scientists and engineers. The research laboratory is sponsored by the National Science Foundation and the state of Florida.

She was one of 15 teachers spending the summer doing extreme science at the Magnet Lab. 

CFAA teacher takes part in Embry-Riddle suborbital astronautics training

CFAA teacher takes part in Embry-Riddle suborbital astronautics training

George Bartuska, a teacher at Kathleen High’s Central Florida Aerospace Academy (CFAA), was of 20 educators nationally to participate in Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s astronaut training held this summer.

The event was held at Embry-Riddle’s Daytona Beach campus and was titled “Suborbital Astronautics” training and was a collaborative effort of NASA, Embry-Riddle, the Teachers in Space organization and other partners. The event was a professional development opportunity for teachers.

Teachers received instruction and training in the developing industry of commercial human spaceflight and suborbital science. The educators were introduced to aeronautics and spaceflight and experienced training that future space pilots will receive.