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. The Tech Tray works as an input so that students without reading or typing abilities can easily get up and running. By replacing core programming words with building blocks, we’ve simplified the process into something that is not only easy and fun but also paves the way for plenty of deeper learning.
On Saturday, December 5th, St Vrain educators and administrators learned about design thinking and its importance in not only our classrooms but in our professional work as well. As part of this year's district-wide design challenge, nearly 70 educators from across the district came together to flex their design thinking muscles and begin framing their thinking for this year's challenge.
Students at Northridge received an exciting treat to start off the New Year. It came in the form of an invitation to the very first Robotics Club meeting at their school. A total of 10 fourth and fifth graders were selected to participate in the club, which meets every Thursday afternoon in Northridge's STEM Lab. The students were introduced to VEX Robots during their first meeting. VEX is a company that allows students to work in teams to build robots and compete in challenges in a race against the clock.
The STEM Student Leadership Team (SSLT) at Northridge started holding their meetings during the month of November. More than twenty 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders met twice this month during lunch to develop empathy and begin to define potential problems and/or issues at Northridge. Students talked together about specific areas around the school, and identified people and existing/potential problems in each setting. The locations they idetified ranged from the soccer field to the front office. Issues included safety, organization, and... *gasp* ...homework!