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It has been our intention to return to some form of in-person learning as soon as it was determined by our health departments that it is both safer and feasible to do so. On September 21, during our virtual town hall with county health department officials, we reviewed the current coronavirus data for our community. To this end, our county health agency partners have made the recommendation that it is now appropriate for us to return to a hybrid learning model. Click here to watch the virtual town hall discussion about the data guiding our decisions and current levels in our community. Beginning Monday, October 5, we will be implementing a hybrid in-person learning schedule for all students who are not currently enrolled in the LaunchED program. LaunchED student’s schedules will not be impacted by this change.
Cómo usted sabe, nuestra intención ha sido volver a alguna forma de aprendizaje en persona tan pronto cómo nuestros departamentos de salud determinen que es más seguro y factible hacerlo. Anoche, durante nuestra junta virtual con los funcionarios del departamento de salud del condado, revisamos los datos actuales del coronavirus para nuestra comunidad. Con esto, nuestros asociados de las agencias de salud pública del condado han recomendado que ahora es apropiado que regresemos a un modelo de aprendizaje híbrido. Haga clic aquí para ver la discusión de la junta virtual sobre los datos que guían nuestras decisiones y los niveles actuales en nuestra comunidad. Comenzando el lunes 5 de octubre, estaremos implementando un programa de aprendizaje híbrido en persona para todos los estudiantes que no estén inscritos actualmente en el programa LaunchED. Los horarios de estudiantes LaunchED no serán impactados por este cambio.
St. Vrain Valley School District has partnered with the University of Colorado at Boulder to incorporate authentic engineering into the classroom in a program called CU Teams. Engineering graduate students have the opportunity to pay for their school through teaching engineering lessons in K-12 public education.
The graduate student paired with our class this year was Abby Watson. She carefully viewed our state standards and found engaging engineering lessons to accompany them. Most of the lessons were pulled off the Teach Engineering website. The students were fortunate enough to have her once every two weeks which means that she dedicated one day a week to be in my class and she worked with several other teachers too.
Abby started off the year by introducing a mining activity to show the reality of natural resource depletion in Colorado. I will never forget the shock on the students faces when they understood the human impact on our earth. During our climate unit, Abby created a simulation in which students had to engineer a landscape that would withstand polar ice caps melting. Another lesson that the students really enjoyed was to simulate asteroid impacts on earth. They had to record the depth at which the asteroids hit and how their mass affected the strength of impact.
The following is a list of all the engineering activities she did throughout the year with our TRMS students.
-Ozone layer activity
-Climate change models with clay
-Climate change skepticism / truths activity
-Making moon craters
-Groundwater well models
-Mining for beads
-Oil on the ocean
-Air pressure activity stations (ping pong balls, paper tent)
-Water pressure activity
Abby was able to incorporate math into every single lesson! St. Vrain is very lucky to have this collaboration with CU because of the consistent engineering implementation.
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Rigorous K-12 Programming that includes STEM at all levels. This initiative aligns and transforms Skyline feeder schools with a STEM focus.
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