Pardes Student Brings Technology and Innovation Concepts to Campus

In her capacity as Pardes Jewish Day School Chief Science Office (CSO), eighth-grader Talia Hoffer spent the morning of February 27th with the Maricopa County Air Quality Department.

Talia is a member of Arizona’s special CSO cohort of student leaders who each year attend a Summer Institute, conferences, seminars and lectures, and leadership training focused on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) related issues and opportunities. Members then take those experiences back to their schools to educate their peers, help establish campus initiatives and impact positive change in their local communities.

The focus of February’s meeting was to educate CSO students about air pollution and the importance of adhering to non-burn days.  As part of the program, they also toured machinery that helps detect pollution and cleans the air. Talia’s goal is to build respect and appreciation for clean air and to encourage her peers to embrace various ways to help protect it.