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Tucson student Maya Baker from The Gregory School is among the top 300 competitors in the Broadcom MASTERS — a science, technology, engineering and math competition for middle school students.

The Broadcom MASTERS program, founded and produced by the Society for Science & the Public, seeks to inspire young scientists, engineers and innovators who will solve the challenges of the future.

The Top 300 Broadcom MASTERS were selected from a pool of 2,499 applicants from 49 states and four territories.

They were evaluated by a panel of scientists, engineers and educators. The students were judged on the creativity and originality of their science fair project, their ability to engage in analysis of data and their understanding of STEM principles as they relate to the real world.

Pima Democrats hold school-supply drive

The Pima County Democratic Party is collecting school supplies to donate to public school teachers.

The party is asking for pencils, dry-erase markers, pens, White-Out, notebook paper, notebooks, copy paper, index cards, calculators and rulers, along with hygiene products like tissue boxes and hand sanitizer.

The party will have three collection sites:

  • Pima County Democratic Party headquarters, 4639 E. First St., from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
  • 400 N. Bonita Ave., on Monday, Sept. 11 and 18, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • 5447 E. Fifth St., #100, upon arrangement. Contact Luci Messing,, to arrange drop off.

Waldorf School offers talks on its philosophy

The Tucson Waldorf School, which serves grades pre-K through eight, is hosting a discussion series to answer questions about the Waldorf philosophy and the Tucson Waldorf School.

The series will address questions about the private school and its processes, such as why it teaches reading differently, how rhythm supports children and what students would get out of a Waldorf education.

The event will be hosted by third-grade teacher John Keeney on Wednesday, Sept. 13, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., and again on Wednesday, Sept. 27, at the Tucson Waldorf School, 3605 E. River Road.

The discussions are open to the public, though an RSVP is required. To RSVP, contact

Contact reporter Hank Stephenson at or 573-4279. On Twitter: @hankdeanlight