Indian Peaks Elementary

STEM Coordinator
Sarah Bloms
Sarah found her niche in science early, and first studied marine biology in Hawaii. She found her way back to Colorado, though, to complete her B.A. and M.A. from CU Boulder. While in school, Sarah found a passion for computer programming through her work at NOAA. She began her career in education at Columbine Elementary teaching 2nd and 3rd grade. Naturally, as a MESA advisor at Columbine, Sarah was drawn to Centennial Elementary, the district’s MESA focus school. While there, Sarah served on many district-level committees in science, technology, and math. She decided it was time for a change of scenery (and weather), and soon found herself teaching English in Taiwan. After a year’s leave of absence, Sarah returned to SVVSD and headed up the MESA position at Centennial to dabble in design thinking and creative computing. She resides in Pinewood Springs, and loves going for hikes just outside her back door.

In the second year of the Race to the Top STEM Initiative, Indian Peaks has made huge strides in bringing quality STEM experiences to elementary students.  This year, teachers and students have exposed coding and robotics to students as young as pre-school.  With the addition of VEX IQ, Cubelets, and Play-i robotics, students have been able to develop computer-engineering skills early.  Indian Peaks teachers have found creative ways to integrate technology and cross-curricular content throughout the day.  Many outreach opportunities including, Thorne Nature Experience, CU TEAMS, SVVSD’s Innovation Center, Eco-cycle, Denver Museum of Nature and Science, the City of Longmont, and more have partnered with students to supplement  science and engineering topics.  Engagement levels have increased with exposure to hands-on learning opportunities, inquiry-based units, and design challenges connected to the real-world.  Extended-day and leadership programs have given students additional venues for STEM learning.  Within the professional development setting and collaboration, teachers have utilized the design thinking process to develop innovative ways to improve their professional practice.


Indian Peaks Elementary News

As part of the "Project Citizen" showcase, fourth and fifth grade students presented at the state capitol Thursday.  The Civic Canopy sponsored the event and hosted elementary, middle, and high schools from around the state.  The Indian Peaks team gave a 12-minute

SVVSD, the City of Longmont, and Thorne Nature Experience partnered to create the ultimate environmental education experience at Sandstone Ranch!  In anticipation of providing this opportunity to second graders across the district, Indian Peaks piloted a field trip to the Ranch.

Fifteen fourth and fifth grade girls are participating in the new Girls in STEM club at Indian Peaks Elementary.  The club will introduce students to many fun activities and careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.  Girls will also gain insight about STE

This term, the Indian Peaks Parent Leadership Team has decided to focus their efforts of increasing family involvement in the area of Math, specifically in the area of math facts. Two Family Math Nights were hosted last week: Tuesday, Jan. 12th and Thursday, Jan.

Now, with Wonders Technology’s teaching tools, educators can teach students as young as four years old how to program complicated technology, such as robots and 3D printers.

Indian Peaks families came together at the Dive Into STEM event. The night hosted 14 stations with hands-on activities that families were able to rotate through and experience together.

 Indian Peaks Elementary is hosting a "Dive Into STEM" Family Night on October 22nd from 5:30-7pm.&nb

Thanks to partnerships with the GLOBE Program, Discovery Education, and the Education Foundation for the St. Vrain Valley, students are following SVVSD students and teachers while they make the trek to the tallest mountain in Africa's summit.

One of our fourth grade teachers was fortunate enough to travel to Japan this summer.  Influenced by the trip, and wanting to share the experience with her students, Mrs. Urquidi set up a partnership with a teacher in Japan.

Legos, rockets, superheros, towers, genius hour... All fun components of this year's STEM Summer School! Kindergarten through fifth grade students received a full dose of integrated STEM this summer.

Due to an amazing partnership with the Casa de la Esperanza community, Indian Peaks hosted a STEM Night Thursday at the Casa Learning Center.  The event included many opportunities for students to play and learn with STEM gadgets, including Spheros, Cubelets, Dash & Dot robo

Join us for STEM Night at Casa de la Esperanza's Community Room at 1520 S. Emery St. in Longmont!

 

The event will run from 4:30pm-6:00pm on April 16th.  You will be able to explore:

*Cubelets

*Sphero Robots

Congratulations to all the teams who participated in the VEX IQ Indian Peaks Mighty Moose Challenge!

3rd graders were able to travel to SVVSD's Innovation Center to further their knowledge of robotics!  After walking to the neighboring space, Indian Peaks students were greeted by Innovation Center employees and welcomed to the classroom.

The Indian Peaks STEM team collaborated to create this year’s design challenge. After considering different ideas about how we could improve various spaces at our school, we agreed that the Lost and Found was in need of improvement.

The Lit Lab at Indian Peaks has been looking for ways to incorporate engaging writing activities into their daily work.

1st Annual Family Design Night!

The Indian Peaks Teacher Leadership Tea

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The Girls in STEM group at Indian Peaks has tackled many self-selected projects this year, including designing backpacks, coding, designing

"How does a computer work on the inside?"  "Why does my foot fall asleep?" "I want to know more about cancer b

To introduce and support the new makerspace at Indian Peaks (the iPeaks iLab), teachers are piloting RAFT (Resource Area for Teachers) lesso

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Students at Indian Peaks are learning for the sake of learning. Have you ever wondered why your feet fall asleep?

Congratulations to the following teams that participated in the 2nd annual VEX IQ Competition at Indian Peaks: 

In late October, St. Vrain Valley Schools, with support from the Education Foundation for the St.

Jean Reidy joined the 4th graders at Indian Peaks via Skype.

5th graders at Indian Peaks have been gathering research around human body systems through books and online resources.

2nd grade students had quite the introduction to their Balance and Motion unit!

New robots have made their way into the Indian Peaks family!

Did you know that more trash is created over the 3-month holiday season than during any other time of year?

Indian Peaks students tried their hand at sewing and electronics with SparkFun's

Indian Peaks Elementary fourth graders, in collaboration with Kathy Kron (Project Manager with the City of Longmont) and Kerry White (Urban

Barr Lake Field Trip for Second Grade Indian Peaks was like spending time in a "Bird's Paradise."

3rd graders at Indian Peaks kicked off their Longmont History unit in a big way!

This Friday, students in the 4th grade will engage in playground redesign workshop sessions with the City of Longmont.  The sessions wi

Devices, power cords, and smiling faces poured into 300 Suns Brewing Monday evening.

During an initial Late Start professional development time around technology, several professionals expressed interest in further study.&nbs

The second graders were given a problem: How might someone that has an office with absolutely no windows to the outside be able to determine

The IPES MESA after-school club has been fortunate to work with the University of Colorado and the Colorado Space Grant in a 6 week partners

CU TEAMS visits Indian Peaks' 5th grade students weekly to engage in engineering design.