Alpine Elementary

STEM Coordinator
Kristen Brohm
Hello and thanks for visiting our site. My name is Kristen Brohm (rhymes with home) and I am the new STEM Coordinator here at Alpine. Many of you may know me as Mrs. Brohm, the kindergarten teacher, or Mrs. Brohm the first grade teacher because those were my first roles here at Alpine! I left for a year to become the STEM Coordinator at Northridge Elementary School here in St. Vrain and and now I'm back as the coordinator. My goal is to use STEM practices and other elements of STEM to really enhance our IB Focus here at Alpine. The staff and I are working hard to continually develop our understanding of how STEM creates even more opportunities for our children to be IB learners. We work to turn these enduring understandings into practices for our kids. We want them to leave as internationally-minded global thinkers and we believe the integration of Taking Action and Design Thinking, Transdisciplinary and 21st Century Skills, and IB STEM Practices, Ideas and Concepts will help us reach that goal.

Alpine Elementary News

Every year, Alpine Elementary IB World School hosts Computer Science Education Week.  Our goal is to expose our staff, students and community to the virtues of Computer Science Education.

STEM can show up EVERYWHERE, and it isn’t just about classroom learning.  STEM in SVVSD really translates to students who can problem solve, integrate and personalize their learning in unique ways, connect with others, and develop 21st century skills (communicat

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Through the Race to the Top Federal Grant, Alpine Elementary has received a generous amount of technology to support student learning.  Technology at Alpine is used in so many different ways.

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Partnerships between Industry and Education are providing schools with some fantastic opportunities for student learning.  As part of a $20,000 grant, some SVVSD schools, including Alpine Elementary, are partnering with Bitsbox to explore coding in JavaScript in the classroom.&n

December 7-11 was Computer Science Week around the world. According to Code.org, over 190,000 schools worldwide participated in some sort of computer science program at their school. Alpine was learning right along with everyone else all week long.

Students are using an app called 'eSpark' to support reading learning in the classroom.

As we approach our 11th year of educating students here at Alpine, an International Baccalaureate School, we are preparing to embrace an exciting opportunity.  Our IB re-evaluation will take place this school year.

As an IB School with STEM practices and philosophies, we use a “Program of Inquiry” to guide our learning. This is a school-wide plan that helps us align “units of inquiry” both within grade levels and across grade levels.

Alpine is organizing its TECHNOLOGY. What an exciting time for us! With funds from the Race to the Top Federal Grant (RTTT), STEM schools in the Skyline High School feeder system are benefitting in so many ways. One of those ways is through technology.

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This summer, over 80 students took part in Alpine’s 3rd annual STEMAPALOOZA. Students entering 1st-5th grades were invited to join the fun.

Our Vex Robotics Team, Magneto, survived their whirlwind trip to the World Vex Tournament April 15-18 in Louisville, KY!

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Alpine Elementary is a unique STEM school in that our overarching philosophy is IB-PYP: International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program. We have spent the past two years understanding and integrating IB and STEM.

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Congratulations to the Alpine Vex IQ Teams who competed in the Vex IQ Elementary State Tournament in Loveland last weekend! We sent 6 teams of students to participate in this collaborative competition.

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As schools in our district increasingly see the importance of STEM integration, we begin to look more closely at what it means to be a “STEM Teacher”.  Taking the philosophy of STEM and turning into the practice of STEM is no small feat.  Here

GO STEM! This Saturday, January 24, Alpine is hosting the 2nd Annual Mountain Lion Vex Tournament!

On Saturday, January 24th, Alpine Elementary will host a Vex IQ Robotics Tournament. This year's challenge for tournaments, put forth by VEX robotics, is called HighRise.

We had a wonderful turnout for our Community Event, 10 Years of Alpine. This event was hosted by our student leadership team.

October brought lots of work in our student leadership groups. The Energy Ninja Team is a 4th grade group of students who are helping us create a an energy savings pilot program for the district. We are working on ways students, staff and parents can become more a

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September means school is fully operational!  New routines have been established, relationships have been formed, and STEM is integrated into our IB learning environment!

Alpine's 4th grade students and teachers are enjoying a unit using Cubelets.

On Friday, February 7th, three of our IB-STEM Student Leaders went on a field trip to meet with student leaders from other schools as well as to learn about the STEM program at Skyline High School and to have a tour of the new Innovation Center.

Fourth graders in Mr. Neiswander’s class had an introduction on Wednesday to robotics by exploring and creating with Cubelets.

Alpine Elementary’s IB-STEM Student Leadership team met this past Wednesday with Mrs. Marsolek and Mr. Reitzig in the STEM Design Lab.

Alpine 4th graders had the challenge of putting their ears and their creativity to the test.  Groups were given three pop bottles to fill with water.  The pop bottles had to be tuned to exact pitches G (do), E (sol), and D (la).  Students worked col

Alpine preschoolers are being introduced to design thinking.  They read the story about the gingerbread man and thought about how it is a challenge to catch him.  They then designed their own gingerbread man traps so that he could be caught and stop causing trouble!

Alpine's IB-STEM student leaders met today to finalize a design for the STEM Through Artwork calendar being put together by the district.

70 students, teachers and parents from Alpine visited the 15th International Robot Olympiad in Denver today.  They were accompanied by Josh Lemon and Alex Downing, STEM coordinators from Rocky Mountain Elementary and Timberline K-8.

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Alpine 4th grade teacher Renee Cavallero-Lotocki and STEM Coordinator Axel Reitzig attended the regional conference of the National Science Teachers Association.

Alpine Elementary Projects

Each year, our fifth graders embark on a journey to Exhibition, an annual rite of passage for students completing their education

            Preschool has been working hard to incorporate Computer Science into their curriculum in an authen

On Saturday, January 23, Alpine hosted its third annual Mountain Lion Vex IQ Robotics Tournament.  37 teams from SVVSD and surrounding

Do you remember taking tests back in school? You stressed, or crammed, or worried.

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This year, we’re innovating new ways to teach students IB STEM Skills.  We’ve re-iterated our traditional 20 minute weekly

At Alpine, we offer all kinds of STEM Enrichment Opportunities for students of all ages.

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Alpine Elementary is hosting a STEM Summer Camp called STEMapalooza.

Preschoolers become CIVIL and MANUFACTURING Engineers during Engineering Week at Alpine.

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Kindergarteners became INDUSTRIAL and COMPUTER Engineers during Engineering Week at Alpine.

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First Graders became MATERIALS and ARCHITECTURAL Engineers during Engineering Week at Alpine.

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Second Graders became MECHANICAL Engineers during Engineering Week at Alpine. Mechanical Engineers design, build and maintain machines.

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Engineers build some of the world’s largest structures, from highways and bridges to dams and airports.

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Fourth Graders become MINING/PETROLEUM and AGRICULTURAL Engineers during Engineering Week at Alpine.

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As 2nd graders explore the International Baccaluareate theme, "Where We Are in Place and Time", they focus on the study of re

At Alpine Elementary IB World School, the International Baccalaureate program that we embrace expects students of all ages to take action to

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Back in November, our Student Leadership Team hosted a Parent Night at Alpine.

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Students at Alpine Elementary School hosted a VEX IQ Robotics Tournament. We had 30 teams with over 100 students participate.

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December 8-12 was Hour of Code Week at Alpine Elementary. Students, teachers and parents were coding all week long.

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This week has been incredible with a variety of Hour of Code activities!

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Kindergarten teacher Mrs.

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Three schools, Mead Elementary, Alpine Elementary and Sunset Middle have been selected to participate in the Energy Conservation I

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Vex Competition: In our robotics enrichment club, students are using Vex IQ components to build robots that will compete in different challe

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Preschoolers are learning about simple machines. In this enrichment class, students are investigating incline planes and the wheel and

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In Alpine's Cubelets class, students in kindergarten-2nd grade design and create modular robots that can think, sense and act.

In this class, future Alpine engineers work with engineering students from the University of Colorado Boulder to challenge themselves w

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Students use Legos, K’NEX, Keva Planks and Tinker Toys to explore how structures are built to withstand natural disasters and wild wea

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In this class, children are learning to solve problems and design projects, and they develop sequencing skills that are foundational for lat

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Student Leadership is getting started at Alpine. In September students completed applications and signed "Commitment to Lead"

In our Intro to Vex Robotics Class, students are working collaboratively to build robots.

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This summer teachers were working hard redesigning Units of Inquiry in order to integrate both STEM and IB practices and guiding p

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1st and 2nd graders at Alpine had their introduction to robotics today at the first meeting of the Alpine Cubelets Club, sponsored by commun