Math at the Mall: The Hillsborough County Elementary Math Council and Westfield Citrus Park host Math at the Mall Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This annual event provides kindergarteners through fifth-graders an opportunity to apply mathematics in a real-world setting. Students will complete a mathematical journey through the mall collecting data and applying problem-solving skills. Estimation stations will be set up where students can put their estimating skills to the test. Several elementary schools will host a hands-on activity table where students can use their problem-solving skills to complete a mathematical activity. The event will be held in the Macy's Court at Westfield Citrus Park, 8021 Citrus Park Town Center.
Aye matey, we love teachers: Project PROMISE, the school district's program for at-risk students, hosts its fourth annual National Teacher Appreciation Week event Wednesday at the Florida Aquarium. The event theme, a P.I.R.A.T.E.S. Ball, is in recognition of the Prepared, Informed, Ready, and Accomplished Teachers providing Educational Support to a delicate student population. More than 120 teachers, staff, family, friends and volunteers will come together to celebrate and support the future of Project PROMISE. In honor of these teachers, the Starfish Scholarship Fund will launch National Teacher Appreciation Week. The fund supports education-related services and activities. For more information, call Sherell Wilson at (813) 272-4852.
Student winners: A number of Hillsborough County students took home honors at the state Science and Engineering Fair last month in Lakeland. More than 1,000 students competed in the largest academic competition in Florida.
Junior Division winners: Hannah Keller of Davidsen Middle School earned first place in behavioral and social sciences. Yasmine Aziz of Barrington Middle School placed second in behavioral and social sciences. Margaret Parrish of Adams Middle School was a second-place winner in earth and planetary science. Megan Birnholz of Randall Middle School won second place in environmental sciences. Benjamin Glow of Greco Middle School brought home a fourth place in biochemistry. Junior Division students receiving special awards were Hannah Keller, two special awards (Davidsen), Benjamin Glow (Greco), Elizabeth Corn (Davidsen), Keian Hudson (Tomlin) and Margaret Parrish (Adams). Recognition was given to Amrutha Ajjarapu (Benito), Aryan Patidar (Williams), Ilenia Armstrong (Bartels) and Gabriella Gonzalez (Bartels). Richa Bisht (Bartels) received an honorable mention.
Senior Division winners: Middleton High School's Alejandro Robles took third place in computer sciences and earned a special award. Fourth-place finishes in the Senior Division went to Joshua Glow (King) in environmental science, Rachita Das (King) in medicine and health and Samra Kazim (Tampa Bay Tech) in medicine and health. Michelle Skelton (King) earned a special award in Senior Division mathematics. Kurtis Christiansen (King) was awarded an honorable mention in Senior Division engineering.