Education Briefs: Breckenridge Boy Scout troop featured in Boys’ Life magazine
For a Breckenridge troop of Boy Scouts, a backcountry skiing and hut trip last March came with another reward besides camaraderie, exercise and fresh air: national publicity.
The boys of Troop 187 were featured in the January edition of Boys’ Life, the official magazine of the Boy Scouts of America.
Conor Craig, now 15, is pictured on the cover downhill skiing, and the inside feature captures another dozen photos of the group’s adventure as they skied to and around the Sangree M. Froelicher Hut about 10 miles north of Leadville.
Several of the 14-year-old boys interviewed for the magazine talked about how they help guide their younger troop members through the challenging experience, and the article featured a brief history of the 10th Mountain Division Hut Association and a sidebar about avoiding avalanche danger in the backcountry.
The troop’s members all carry avalanche gear and use their training to evaluate the safety of routes, the article said, describing a change of plans made one day because of high avalanche risk.
Colorado Mountain College receives math grant
The Colorado Department of Higher Education recently announced five new grant-funded programs aimed at supporting educational opportunities for students throughout rural Colorado, and Colorado Mountain College was awarded one of the grants.
As part of the state’s new initiative to support STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education, CMC received a $211,000 grant for enhancing professional development among math instructors in rural mountain school districts through specialized professional development using the Colorado Academic Standards.
The demand for STEM skills is on the rise in Colorado, with numerous projections showing that the state will show above-average growth in STEM occupations compared to the rest of the country, according to the state education department.
Of the 178 public school districts in Colorado, 85 percent are considered rural, with fewer than 6,500 enrolled students, and 64 percent are small rural, with fewer than 1,000 enrolled students.
“Schools in rural parts of the state often struggle with inadequate resources and the related challenges of paying for technology and attracting teachers and other qualified personnel,” said Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia, who oversees the state education department.
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