Earlier this year, 40 students in grades K-5 participated in our 2nd Annual Innovation Fair. Because of their participation, they were invited to join us for the Great Space Escape! The Denver Museum of Nature and Science brought a 20+ foot tall inflatable dome which serves as a traveling planetarium. Students got up close and personal with stars, constellations, and planets! They learned the story of how Cassiopeia was put up into the night sky, took a tour of Europa, and zoomed out of the Milky Way galaxy.
Do you ever miss that sense of exploration and curiosity you had as a kid? If the answer is ‘yes,’ we have the event for you. St. Vrain Valley Schools is hosting its first ever VEX Robotics Showcase from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 9. Open to the public, the event an evening of the same fun, hands-on robotics play, learning and experimentation that St. Vrain students relish day-in and day-out, in both class and extracurricular settings.
Students who are a part of the VEX IQ Competitive teams at Northridge competed in their second tournament on Saturday, February 4. At this tournament, team members worked to improve their notebooks, game strategies, and robot modifications based on the feedback they received from judges in the last tournament. In addition to working on their designs, students also continued to improve their teamwork and sportsmanship as they received feedback from their coaches.
Saturday, January 28 was the 4th annual Mountain Lion Vex IQ Robotics Challenge hosted by Alpine Elementary IB World School in St Vrain Valley Schools in Longmont, CO. It was spectacular! 22 teams from around Longmont competed in several events.
Every year, Alpine Elementary IB World School hosts Computer Science Education Week. Our goal is to expose our staff, students and community to the virtues of Computer Science Education. According to CSEd.week.org, computer science drives innovation but only 33 states allow students to count computer science courses toward high school graduation.
Students in grades K-4 had the opportunity to learn about the "Alien Empire" of insects on our planet. CU Discovery visited Longmont Estates on our November late start morning. Stations were set up in the STEM Lab for students to have hands-on experiences. They learned about the differences between insects and spiders, discussing the six vs. eight legged creatures. They also explored what an entomologist does as they got up close and personal with insect samples preserved in resin blocks.
On Septmeber 24th, a group of students from the MBSA program travelled to Anschutz Medical Campus for CU Pre-Health Day. During the full day experience, students took a campus tour, put their pharmacology skills to the test, attended lectures, and mingled with medical students and professionals. The presentations, geared towards high schoolers, introduced students to the fields of nursing, public health, medical anatomy, dentistry, pharmacy, and physical therapy.
STEM can show up EVERYWHERE, and it isn’t just about classroom learning. STEM in SVVSD really translates to students who can problem solve, integrate and personalize their learning in unique ways, connect with others, and develop 21st century skills (communicate well, collaborate, think critically, be creative, and embrace character development).