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Hueneme Learning Academy students exhibit science projects

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© Tiffany israel/OUHSD
The science and technology exhibition showcased 160 student experiments at Blackstock Junior High School on Friday morning. Students discussed and exhibited their projects for judges. © Tiffany israel/OUHSD
From creating a hydrometer out of a straw and BBs to learn about the principles of polarity, the 130 students enrolled in the Hueneme Learning Academy explained their science projects to educators and college students Friday at the first science and technology exhibition at Blackstock Junior High School in Oxnard.

“It’s unbelievable what they’re teaching these students at this age,” said Oxnard School District Interim Superintendent Julian Lopez, a judge for the event. “They develop self-esteem and go on to feel good about learning. It’s an amazing thing to see at this young age. I’ve never seen anything like it.”

The Hueneme Learning Academy is a program for children of migrant workers in the Hueneme School District and is federally funded through the Ventura County Office of Education, said academy Principal Naomi Perez. The decision to create a science program came after seeing some disappointing student test scores, said Perez, who is also the migrant education coordinator for the Hueneme district.

“We looked at test scores of these students in the seventh grade, and they were lagging behind in science,” she said…

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