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3 New Pasco Schools Named for Female Scientists

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PASCO, WA - Female scientists will take center stage as the Pasco School District moves forward with their new STEM schools.

The school board approved three school names Tuesday night.

Rosalind Franklin STEM Elementary will be named after the scientist whose work led to the discovery of the double helix DNA structure.

Barbara McClintock STEM Elementary will honor the only woman to receive an unshared Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine for her work on genetics.

Marie Curie STEM Elementary is named after the famous scientist known for her work on radioactive elements.

The school district thinks these names are fitting for the STEM schools and a good starting point for science education discussions.

"We really want our students to have a robust and rigorous set of learning opportunities. The name will be just one of those doors to open," said Deidre Holmberg, Pasco School District.

The first school will open next fall. The other two should be ready for the 2015-2016 school year.