Students at Fall River Elementary have several opportunities to learn about computer science and robotics. Students can participate in a competitive VEX IQ program. These students work in collaborative teams to accomplish tasks determined by VEX IQ in advance. During tournaments, teams compete and form alliances to earn points, win awards and possibly advance to state and world tournaments. Students on the competitive robotics team meet at least twice a week and before or after school as needed.
Fall River's Family STEM Night was well attended by students, families, friends and special guests! BB-8 and R2D2 attended and entertained one and all. The fully functioning, life-size models were one of several interactive displays families and community members shared with the Fall River Community. Booths included Tinker Mill, Longmont Arts Council and Google, to name a few! Fall River students also volunteered to demonstrated their STEM work.
Students at Fall River Elementary participated in learning about computer science in an integrated, physical way! With support from Lindsay Craig and Jennifer Bettencourt, 5th grade students learned about conditionals and wrote pseudo-code while in computer lab. Mrs. Bettencourt worked with students to edit and revise the statements. The statements were then given to Mr. Hoople, the physical education teacher, and students built an obstacle course that reflected the conditional statements. The entire school got to "Run the Code", with Mr.
Third grade student Ryan C. is sharing about his upcoming heart surgery. He is teaching others about the elements of STEM he will be experiencing when he undergoes treatment in February. In the book Ryan is sharing, he points out his favorite page which shows all of the biotechnology and surgical suite machines he will be able to see close up. "I'm not afraid right now, I'm sort of excited to see all of these things before I go to sleep." Ryan is sharing how science, technology, engineering and math can help people who need complex surgery.
Right before the winter break, the parent involvement team at Rocky Mountain Elementary collaborated around the idea of bringing parents together to witness STEM learning with their children. The result was STEM night.