Archive Page - 08/16/13 41 years, 2,181 covers and 55,435 stories from PEOPLE magazine's history for you to enjoy
- The Bachelorette Contestant Draws Criticism for Joking on Twitter About Being Gay
- The Style Top 5: Taylor Swift Goes Wedding Dress Shopping (For Her BFF),
Celebs' Share Their Makeup-Free Selfies and More
- FROM EW: George R.R. Martin Won't Write Game of Thrones Season 6 Episode to Focus on Book
- Bruce Jenner to Pose for Cover of Vanity Fair, Sources Say
- How Residents in the Duggars' Town Are Reacting to Josh's Molestation Scandal: 'People Are Super Embarassed'
On Newsstands Now
- Matthew McConaughey: In His Own Words
- Jessa Duggar's Wedding Album
- Brittany Maynard's Final Days
Pick up your copy on newsstands
Click here for instant access to the Digital Magazine
People Top 5
LAST UPDATE: Tuesday February 10, 2015 01:10PM EST
PEOPLE Top 5 are the most-viewed stories on the site over the past three days, updated every 60 minutes
- December 24, 2001
- Vol. 56
- No. 26
Two Enterprising Science Teachers in California Help Students Soar in Their Trekkie Classrooms
The attentive silence that follows seems especially remarkable given that Lawson is decked out in a Star Trek uniform. But here at the Star Fleet Academy—actually two classrooms transformed into an evocation of the cult TV phenom-300 sixth-through eighth-grade math and science students are boldly going where no schoolkids have gone before.
The brainchild of Lawson, 46, and her colleague Celisa Edwards, 35, both longtime fans of the show, Madison's Trek-themed learning program stars uniformed teachers known as "commanders," student "cadets" and homework "missions." "It's cool," says seventh grader Alan Ruiz, 12. "Before, I wasn't interested in math or science. Now I am."
Indeed, since the academy began in '94, students' grade-point averages have improved, and test scores have jumped 30 percent. "Through this wonderful, high-energy theme," says principal Joanna Kunes, "kids get involved in spite of themselves."
Still, neither Lawson nor Edwards, both of whom are married and have Trekkies of their own, will claim full credit. "We all work together to make this starship run," says Lawson. "Resistance," adds Edwards with a wink, "is futile."
Treat Yourself! 4 Preview Issues
The most buzzed about stars this minute!