On Saturday, January 24th, Alpine Elementary will host a Vex IQ Robotics Tournament. This year's challenge for tournaments, put forth by VEX robotics, is called HighRise. In the Teamwork Challenge, students are tasked with scoring points on the playing field through their alliance with another team. Each match is 60 seconds long. In addition to the Teamwork Challenge, teams can also participate in the Robot Skills Challenge, where individual robots take to the field to score as many points as possible under driver control.
As visions of sugar plums were dancing through the heads of students just before the holiday break, the 5th grade teachers got together and thought of a Design Challenge of Sugary Delight.
The students had to use their architectural skills to build the tallest and most aesthetically pleasing ginger bread structure possible with their teammates. Before the students could go shopping for supplies, they had to carefully craft a budget to ensure the correct amount of supplies would be purchased. Groups worked together to create a shopping list and a plan for their design.
Join us in the Digital Commons at Trail Ridge Middle School this month for a PowerTalk on January 7, 2015. PowerTalks are our version of TEDtalks. We invite local experts into our school to give a 20-30 minute presentation with a Q&A session. The first talk will be from 10:48-11:28am. The second talk will take place from 11:30-11:58am.
Have you heard of SSLT, STEM student leaders, or something similar? We are actually called the STEM Student Leadership Team, and we are here to incorporate student voice into STEM decisions at our school. We are the ones who identify successes and areas for growth within our STEM Enrichment classes that TRMS students attend every day. We also give tours, write blogs (like this one), and think of ways to make STEM education better here at TRMS. If you have a STEM Enrichment that you really enjoy, you owe some credit to the members of SSLT.
On December 6th, 2014, Trail Ridge Middle school held their 3rd Annual Grizzly VEX Robotics Challenge. Thirty middle and high school teams from around Colorado gathered to compete in the Vex Robotics Competition - Skyrise. This all day event included qualifying and elimination rounds, a skills/programming field, and a judging room for teams to be interviewed with their engineering notebooks and robots.
To celebrate Computer Science Education Week, Rocky Mountatin Elemantary participated in the hour of code. Every student from preschool to fifth grade spent an hour building, designing, and coding. To Find out more about the Hour of Code, check out the Hour of Code website.
On the evening of December 8th, Northridge families poured in to the gym to experience the second annual STEM and Family Fun Night. Students, parents, and teachers alike took part in a variety of engaging and often rigorous activities.