Timberline's 3rd graders had their first experience with robots in February using Cubelets from a local company, Modular Robotics. Students learned the definition of a robot and combined cubes that either sense or act to make robots such as "The Scaredy Bot", a robot designed to back away from anyone or anything that comes too close. This introductory lesson got the 3rd graders very excited about the Timberline elementary robotics club starting this week.
The Lit Lab at Indian Peaks has been looking for ways to incorporate engaging writing activities into their daily work. Students and teachers hung an interactive bulletin board in the hallway to encourage students, parents, and families to document their "I Wonder..." Participants fill out a small form and drop it in the drop-box (a Kleenex box stapled to the wall). Lit lab students choose a topic of their choice to research and answer via Chromebooks.
Because of its STEM focus, Trail Ridge decided to institute a block of STEM electives in the middle of each day for students to explore the different aspects of STEM education and STEM careers. Classes vary in intensity, focus, and skill development, but all emphasize 21st century skills, STEM discipline integration, and innovative thinking to expand students' understanding.