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CAS STEM Education Receives Outstanding Financial Support from Partners

SFAZCAS High School and Middle School continues their strong STEM focuses with new programs and ongoing partnerships for the 2015 school year including a $20,000 technology enhancement by Arizona’s 21st Century CCLC and over $35,000 from the Science Foundation Arizona.

The CAS Engineering Lab — which houses its very popular engineering curriculum — was generously provided in Memory of Joyce Marley Corrigan, with Funding from The Kemper and Ethel Marley Foundation and Science Foundation Arizona. pltw_logo_final Continuing partnerships have enabled CAS’s success in engineering, technology, and robotics. CAS’s engineering program led by Mr. Oh! is a Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Curriculum which is among the nation’s top high school engineering programs.  In 2015, CAS begins its second year with PLTW with both introductory and advanced engineering classes.

Additionally, Arizona 21st Century Enhancement Funds will support After CARE elective clubs such as Robotics, Introduction to Cooking, Gardening, and Environmental Sciences. Funds will purchase both consumable and durable goods such as solar ovens, robotics kits and tools, and garden fencing.

Cyber PatriotsFinally, CAS is excited to launch a new program in IT/Cyber Security beginning in the 2014-15 school year. Eligible students participating in this track will qualify for hands-on IT training, certifications, paid IT internships, and an associates degree in Cyber Security through Cochise Community College all at no cost to the student. CAS’s partnership with the US Air Force Cyber Patriot program will further instill citizenship and honor as students learn these highly-marketable skills.  To read more about the Science Foundation Arizona, Project Lead the Way, or Cyber Patriots, follow the links here: Science Foundation Arizona, Project Lead the Way, Cyber Patriots.

Horseless Carriage Club Visits CAS with 100 year old Classic Cars

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Preschool Students at CAS get a chance to test-out a vintage streetcar.

As part of its “Chasing the Sun” Tour, the Horseless Carriage Club of America brought several unique heritage vehicles to the Center for Academic Success on February 14th, 2014. Students PreK-12th grade had opportunities to view the beautiful machines up close, ask their owners questions, and even sit inside the gleaming streetcars.

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High School CAS student views the detailed interior.

The club offered a show-stopping presentation with authentic automobiles which are painstakingly detailed. Seats in many were still covered with 100 year old leather over 100 year old horse hair. Owners provided a demonstration of how the cars were lovingly restored over many years and still maintain the integrity of the original vehicles. Owner Alan Travis even explained how he restored a car after it was damaged in a flood — 107 years ago! There was even a Model T present; the streetcar now synonymous with systematic production and standardization.

Education extended to how the streetcar impacted US city density, Economics, and even social norms as they became popular.

CAS Students clearly enjoy the awesome ride!

CAS Students clearly enjoy the awesome ride!

Students also learned about the inter-workings of the streetcar itself including body style, hand-painted exteriors, fuel and engine types, and headlamps which were originally gas lamps lit with a match.

Students of all ages had a great time both viewing and actually climbing into these legacy vehicles. Many thanks to the generosity of The Horseless Carriage Club for sharing their love of the streetcar with us at CAS. It was a day not to be forgotten! View more pictures of our fun day on our Facebook page at

Want to learn more about The Horseless Carriage Club, their mission, vehiciles, and tour schedules? Visit them online at