Innovation Academy 2015 marks the 5th year of the academy’s existence. Innovation Academy started as a brainstorm between SVVSD and IBM, where we invite students to innovate alongside professional engineers in an engaging, free-thinking environment. As the program developed, and the foundations of our inquiry-based instruction strengthened, we began seeing amazing shifts in students’ thinking, dispositions, and creations, and heard more and more students asking ‘why can’t school be more like this’?
On June 4th, Innovation Center staff were invited to appear on local radio station KGNU's "It's the Economy" segment to highlight our STEM journey and experiences. Host of the show, Maeve Conran, asked insightful questions and sparked excellent discussion around where we've been and where we want to go. Guests on the show included Jeff Lund (Instructional Program Consultant), Becky Peters (Program Manager), LaJessie Dinh (recent graduate of Skyline's STEM academy and Innovation Center student worker), and Samuel Narvaez (current student at Skyline High School).
Journalism in our time has undergone a revolutionary shift – in particular from traditional print and broadcast delivery to an interactive digital format. Theoretically, anyone with a computer, Internet access, and some ability to attract attention can succeed at digital journalism. Many people have remarked, whether favorably and disparagingly, on the more democratic form of the new journalism, especially the communicative power now in the hands of people who are not formally trained in journalism.
May 1, 2015, 5:23pm By Medical and BioScience Academy
On Thursday, April 30th, students in the Medical & BioScience Academy program at Longmont High School presented their senior projects. These students successfully completed semester-long internships and research projects and displayed formal posters to present summaries of their internship experience to LHS staff, members of the medical community, SVVSD school board members, parents, students and other members of the community.
MBSA students completed internships in these areas:
The Longmont Youth Council recently sponsored a citywide contest looking for innovative and creative one-minute videos displaying how to positively take action and spread the word against vandalism. Six young ladies from Mrs. Thaler's STEM Broadcasting class at Trail Ridge Middle School entered the competition and came out on top, winning 1st place! The TRMS students were interviewed with Longmont Channel 8 TV news at the Youth Center on March 24th and received a $200 prize to share. Their video will also be aired on a future Channel 8 News cast.