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The Latest: GOP Heller a 'yes' on taking up health care bill

2017-07-25 13:17:50 STLToday.com
WASHINGTON (AP) ? The Latest on the effort by congressional Republicans to pass a health care bill (all times local): Read Full Story ...

SIUE?s ?Digital East St. Louis? Inspires Local Students to Explore City?s History and Culture

2017-07-25 13:10:00 SIUE.edu

Digital East St. Louis instructor Johnathan Tate (middle) leads soil testing in an SIUE science laboratory with high school students Da’Quain White (L) and Alyssa Gines (R).Students from East St. Louis are documenting the culture and history of their hometown, while gaining valuable knowledge and computer skills, by participating in Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s Digital East St. Louis program.

Now in its third year, the program continues to incorporate new interactive projects for the students, with the underlying goal of inspiring a love for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) through creative digital humanities content. Digital East St. Louis is supported by an $846,000 Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST) grant awarded to SIUE from the National Science Foundation (NSF).

“We want to give kids a chance to explore their city’s history and culture on their own terms, and share what they’ve learned with their community,” said Matt Johnson, instructional design and curriculum specialist with the SIUE STEM Center. “Digital East St. Louis promotes lifelong STEM learning by making STEM skills relevant to their lives and using them to communicate their interests and learning to broader audiences in new and innovative ways.”

This summer’s activities have ranged from conducting environmental science research and web coding to producing video documentaries. The students’ work is featured on their website, EastStLouisCulture.org.

A group of students participating in SIUE’s Digital East St. Louis program record an interview with an employee at Sherry J’s restaurant in East St. Louis. The interview will be part of a documentary they are creating on the topic of soul food.“The ultimate goal of this program is to prepare students to be successful in their future education and careers,” said Sharon Locke, principal investigator and director of the SIUE STEM Center. “No matter their future aspirations, the array of experiences the students are gaining through Digital East St. Louis is enhancing their 21st century skills, including teamwork, communication and critical thinking.”

“I’m interested in going to medical school,” said Alyssa Gines, a rising sophomore at East St. Louis Senior High School, as she worked in a science lab at SIUE. “I’m a curious person, so this environmental science experiment is interesting.”

Gines and fellow student Da’Quain White collected soil samples from industrial areas in Sauget and East St. Louis. They worked with instructor Johnathan Tate to determine the overall health of the soil.

“To talk about the history of East St. Louis, you have to include the industrial waste that the city has been exposed to over the years,” Tate explained. “This activity is about communicating environmental science through more than just recycling. The students are discovering how science can be used to communicate about social issues.”

Meanwhile, students interested in journalism and video production visited a community staple, Sherry J’s restaurant. They interviewed an employee and gathered video footage around town for the documentary they’re creating on soul food.

“Not a lot of kids get to do something like this,” said 13-year-old Janiyha Cherry, who attends Mason Clark Middle School. “We’re doing this to add more content to our website that shows the positive things about East St. Louis. The history of East St. Louis is interesting. Every day I go home and say, ‘mama, look what I learned!”

“This program introduces students to STEM concepts through other content,” said instructor Jenna Loveless. “That’s why the students are showcasing the culture and history of the city by conducting interviews with local people, and creating podcasts and documentaries. It makes the idea of STEM less intimidating.”

“I’ve learned a lot of things that will help me in the future,” said 15-year-old East St. Louis Senior High School student Lee Sayles. “The instructors have taught me how to strive for excellence and chase my dreams. I’m taking their words and trying to put them into action.”

Digital East St. Louis runs four weeks through the summer, as well as 15 Saturdays during the school year. Through the NSF grant, up to 50 students can participate. Students receive breakfast, a snack and lunch, along with free transportation.

It is a multidisciplinary effort led Locke; Jessica DeSpain, associate professor in the Department of English Language and Literature and co-director of the Interdisciplinary Research and Informatics Scholarship (IRIS) Center at SIUE; and Liza Cummings, assistant professor in the Department of Teaching and Learning.

Photos: Digital East St. Louis instructor Johnathan Tate (middle) leads soil testing in an SIUE science laboratory with high school students Da’Quain White (L) and Alyssa Gines (R).

A group of students participating in SIUE’s Digital East St. Louis program record an interview with an employee at Sherry J’s restaurant in East St. Louis. The interview will be part of a documentary they are creating on the topic of soul food.

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12 pm news



Family of man killed on I-55 in police shootout say he 'cracked'

2017-07-25 12:30:00 STLToday.com
Jerrod Kershaw's family says he was a kind man, but police say he made homicidal and suicidal threats before shootout. Read Full Story ...

Family of man killed in police shootout on I-55 say he 'cracked'

2017-07-25 12:30:00 STLToday.com
Jerrod Kershaw's family says he was a kind man, but police say he made homicidal and suicidal threats before shootout. Read Full Story ...

Centene urges federal government to keep Obamacare subsidies

2017-07-25 12:25:00 STLToday.com
Clayton-based insurer's profits top expectations based on strength of Affordable Care Act, higher Medicaid enrollments Read Full Story ...

St. Louis County police union defends officers amid MetroLink controversy

2017-07-25 12:15:00 STLToday.com
Police union spokesman calls for firing of Richard Zott, director of public safety for Metrolink Read Full Story ...

11 am news



Missouri will no longer offer the ACT for free to juniors

2017-07-25 11:15:00 STLToday.com
Gov. Eric Greitens had recommended a $4 million cut in school assessment funding. Read Full Story ...

Chrissy Teigen becomes the latest celebrity blocked by President Trump on Twitter

2017-07-25 11:08:00 STLToday.com
(c) 2017, The Washington Post. Read Full Story ...

10 am news



3 men open fire on family in Metro East before discovering they targeted wrong guy, police say

2017-07-25 10:45:00 STLToday.com
Three charged after opening fire on family driving home. Read Full Story ...

The Latest: Rand Paul to vote "yes" on health care vote

2017-07-25 10:36:10 STLToday.com
WASHINGTON (AP) ? The Latest on the effort by congressional Republicans to pass a health care bill (all times local): Read Full Story ...

The Latest: Senate GOP showing some optimism on health bill

2017-07-25 10:27:00 STLToday.com
WASHINGTON (AP) ? The Latest on the effort by congressional Republicans to pass a health care bill (all times local): Read Full Story ...

Mizzou-Missouri State opener set for morning kickoff

2017-07-25 10:08:00 STLToday.com
Tigers-Bears start at season at 11 a.m. on Sept. 2; Mizzou-Purdue set for 3 p.m. start on Sept. 16. Read Full Story ...

7 am news



Hochman: Randal Grichuk can't stop homering

2017-07-25 07:44:00 STLToday.com
Just how much of an impact can he make during the rest of the season? Read Full Story ...

Hochman: Streaky Grichuk can't stop homering

2017-07-25 07:44:00 STLToday.com
Just how much of an impact can he make during the rest of the season? Read Full Story ...

McCain's return heavy with drama for 'Obamacare' repeal

2017-07-25 07:27:00 STLToday.com
The Arizona senator will return to Washington just days after a cancer diagnosis, to cast what could be the deciding vote Tuesday to open debate on legislation to repeal and replace "Obamacare." Read Full Story ...

6 am news



Gordo: Cards? retooling shouldn?t be limited to trade deadline

2017-07-25 06:45:00 STLToday.com
Cardinals manager Mike Matheny tackles his offensive challenge day by day, assembling his best batting order from what?s available. Read Full Story ...

Prospect of Trump tariff casts pall over U.S. solar industry

2017-07-25 06:30:00 STLToday.com
St. Louis-based McCarthy Building Companies recently had a project shelved due to the uncertainty. Read Full Story ...

I-55 reopens after police standoff

2017-07-25 06:07:00 STLToday.com
Northbound and southbound lanes are now open. Read Full Story ...

I-55 in Jefferson County reopens after police standoff

2017-07-25 06:07:00 STLToday.com
Northbound and southbound lanes are now open. Read Full Story ...

I-55 in Jefferson County reopens after police standoff, fatal shootout

2017-07-25 06:07:00 STLToday.com
Northbound and southbound lanes are now open. Read Full Story ...

5 am news



Health insurer Centene's quarterly profit tops estimates

2017-07-25 05:43:00 STLToday.com
Clayton company benefits from growth in its Obamacare business and higher Medicaid enrollments. Read Full Story ...

Centene profit beats on Obamacare strength, higher enrollments

2017-07-25 05:43:00 STLToday.com
Clayton insurer now provides coverage to 12.2 million individuals across the country. Read Full Story ...

3 am news



No sign of weakness from Leake as Cardinals pound Rockies

2017-07-25 03:20:00 STLToday.com
Righthander Mike Leake, whose tenure was just two innings in his last start for the Cardinals , also had had only one win over his previous 10 starts after opening the season at 5-2. There was talk, most of it? Read Full Story ...

2 am news



Mizzou's defensive line gets offseason makeover

2017-07-25 02:10:00 STLToday.com
Frazier, Beckner lead a front four - or three - short on depth, experience. Read Full Story ...

12 am news



Missouri aims for more equitable way to grade public schools

2017-07-25 00:15:00 STLToday.com
About 180 educators, state officials, legislators and business leaders are now working on changing Missouri?s public school rating and accreditation system ? called the Missouri School Improvement Program ? for the first time since 2011. Read Full Story ...

Alex Reyes takes major step in recovery from elbow surgery

2017-07-25 00:10:00 STLToday.com
It was merely a simple game of toss from 60 feet, but it was a major step nonetheless Monday afternoon for prized Cardinals pitching prospect Alex Reyes. Read Full Story ...

Jose Martinez dedicates his efforts to Venezuelan cause

2017-07-25 00:05:00 STLToday.com
After hitting a pinch-hit home run in the seventh inning of Monday's win, Martinez raced around the base paths, propelled by joy. He dedicated the homer to the citizens suffering amidst the upheaval in his native Venezuela. Read Full Story ...

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