Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Teacher Launches Students' Curiosity.(West Side Journal)(Editorial)


Rio Rancho High School teacher Russ Fisher-Ives transformed an ordinary science fair into a bigger, better and broader experiment in stretching young minds. He launched the twice-a-year Student Research Expo after he realized that science fairs can be too limiting, and as a result, he's now one of five finalists for the prestigious 2003 Intel Excellence in Teaching Award.

Described by his peers as a skillful motivator one even dubs him the Energizer Bunny Fisher-Ives successfully persuaded more than half of the high school's SciMatics Academy staff to broaden the scope of prospective science fair entries.

Instead of only scientific topics, students can now choose any research topic that piques their interest. …

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