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By Jo Mathis/AAPS District News Toyota Technical Center in Livonia delivered an unexpected and exceptionally generous holiday gift to Ann Arbor Public Schools today. Vince Snyder, far left, stands by the new engines with students Owen Aldridge, Anthony Schneider, and Kevin Knibbs.  At right is para …

By Jo Mathis/AAPS District News These Scarlett Middle School students were among the first in the district to use Illuminate. Ann Arbor Public Schools has implemented a new data assessment system that allows teachers to quickly determine students’ progress in class. Illuminate is an assessment …

Julie Walstra, AAPS Data Systems Manager

June 7, 2016 // 1 Comment

Pictured in her Balas office, Julie Walstra describes her position as a DJ of data, “recombining stuff in new and interesting ways.”  Photo by Jo Mathis. Julie Walstra split her childhood between Lansing, Illinois (just south of Chicago) and Orange Park, Florida (just south of …

By Jo Mathis/AAPS District News  Looking at courses for next year? AAPS is one of the only districts in the country to offer Project Lead The Way (PLTW) programs across grades K-12. PLTW is the country’s leading provider of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) …

Ann Arbor Public School’s first district-wide STEAM Expo included everything from kindergarten meteorologists, to high school inventors, to local professionals working for IMRA America, Menlo Innovations and other local tech companies. Students of all ages and their parents visiting Huron High School got to see, touch, and hear about many of the efforts going on in the district to bring together Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math.

“They’ve got everything from under sea to outer space to career explorations. There are probably 10 to 15 career explorations that they can take the kids on as well as sites all over the world. It’s incredibly immersive,” says Instructional technology teacher Peter Pasque.

Ron Robinson stands at the door at the Argus IMRA Planetarium at Pioneer High School. The earth science teacher has been the planetarium’s director since 2011. Story and photos by Jo Mathis AAPS District News When the Argus Planetarium was installed in the new Ann …

Hour of Code: Rosa Wu (Huron High School class of ’13) helps Huron freshmen learn to program during Hour of Code Wednesday. Story and photos by Jo Mathis AAPS District News Editor Rosa Wu wishes that she could have enrolled in one of the …