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A Legacy of Good Citizenship Runs Deep at GE

December 7, 2014 | The Lynn Educator | Megan Casey

A legacy of good citizenship runs deep in the culture of GE, where, for more than a century, its employees have dedicated millions of volunteer hours to communities such as Lynn. 

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"KnowAtom" Makes Science the Favorite Time of School Day

Dan Tomasello

NORTH READING — The School Committee was given a personal view of how the KnowAtom science program is helping third and fourth graders develop a love of science Jan. 14. 

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GE Volunteers 2013 Global Education Impact Award

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USA — Lynn, Massachusetts, Council

KnowAtom is an innovative curriculum that brings science, engineering and technology to life for children. 

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Lynn Officials Credit Lab Program For Students’ Science Bump

September 4, 2012 | WBUR | Deborah Becker

When school starts in Lynn Wednesday, all of the city’s elementary school students will work with a new science program that’s already had some surprising results.

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Astounding Gains in Standardized Science Test Scores

September 4, 2012 | Gordon College Grapevine | Cyndi McMahon

Francis Vigeant '04 has made a tremendous impact on education since graduating from Gordon College with a degree in economics. From his public office run with the Salem Public School systems, to the successful development of KnowAtom—a curriculum for for elementary and middle school science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) educationVigeant continues to make the news. This morning, he appeared for an interview on NPR's Morning Edition.

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Science Curriculum Credited for Increase in MCAS scores at Lincoln-Thomson

May 22, 2012 | The Daily Item | Chris Stevens

LYNN — KnowAtom, a science curriculum program that stirred some School Committee debate, is paying off in a big way at the Lincoln-Thomson School, according to school officials.

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Meet the Next Generation of Scientists and Engineers at Lynn’s Lincoln-Thomson Elementary School

May 18, 2012 | Wicked Mail

Lynn — Students at the top-performing science school in the district, Lincoln-Thomson Elementary, will host state and local elected officials, education leaders and business representatives on Monday, to show them the school’s model science program in action.

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KnowAtom: A Science Curriculum That’s Working for a Few Lynn Schools

October 12, 2011 | An Education 

In 2010, the Lincoln-Thomson Elementary School in Lynn implemented a new science program which was initially created by a Salem-based elementary science organization called KnowAtom (see here). The change was precipitated by the 5th grades students poor performance on the science MCAS exam in 2008 and 2009. At Lincoln-Thomson, 38% of 5th grade students achieved proficient or higher on the 2008 science MCAS exam; this number decreased to just 36% in 2009. After implementing the KnowAtom Science Program mid-school year, Lincoln-Thomson saw the percentage of students achieving proficient or higher increase by 33 points and the percentage of students failing in science decrease to zero on 2010 MCAS exam. In 2011, the percentage of students achieving proficient or higher decreased slightly to 61% but the percentage of students who failed the exam amazingly remained zero.

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New Science Curriculum Seen Boosting Manchester Essex

October 10, 2011 | Gloucester Times | Jack Zietman

MANCHESTER — Last year, the Manchester Essex Regional School District introduced an innovative new science program at Memorial Elementary and the middle school, hoping to rectify what officials saw as a longstanding hole in the district's curriculum. 

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Manchester Essex Posts MCAS Gains

September 21, 2011 | Gloucester Times | Jack Zietman

MANCHESTER — Students across the Manchester Essex Regional School District showed continued improvement over past years and posted scores almost universally higher than the state averages on the annual MCAS assessment tests, according to scores released Tuesday.

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Behind the Scenes: Francis Vigeant, Former Math Teacher and Founder of KnowAtom

March, 2011 | The Aft Advocate

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A former math teacher draws upon a love of invention to get kids excited about science.

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