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).
Each late start morning at Longmont Estates, students are offered the opportunity to attend an enrichment program. In September, CU Science Discovery visited Longmont Estates to present Facts of Matter for students in K-5. The program covered the three states of matter, what they have in common, and how they can change. They also covered topics such as density, energy, and plasma! Students had hands-on opportunities to explore the different states of matter in collaborative groups.
Timberline Pk-8 is offering a new STEM opportunity for students this year. During each monthly late start, the University of Colorado Science Discovery program will offer project- and problem-based learning opportunities. For the first session on September 7, students learned about acoustics and the human ear through experiments and simulations.
Through the Race to the Top Federal Grant, Alpine Elementary has received a generous amount of technology to support student learning. Technology at Alpine is used in so many different ways. Students receive individualized and personalized instruction through specialized educational apps. They practice skills in fun, new ways. They create presentations, videos, and other products to share their learning. The Media Club, a fifth-grade enrichment program, produces video publications about Alpine for students to view.
June 24, 2016, 10:17am By Brett Callwood, Times-Call Staff Wrtier
Jalali Hartman said Thursday that prior to working with St. Vrain Valley students, he didn't know what they'd be capable of, but that he was ultimately impressed. He even joked that he has been left wondering why he needs to hire anyone.
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.
As part of the "Project Citizen" showcase, fourth and fifth grade students presented at the state capitol Thursday. The Civic Canopy sponsored the event and hosted elementary, middle, and high schools from around the state. The Indian Peaks team gave a 12-minute presentation on the partnership to renovate Affolter Park's playground. They shared highlights from the year and a half long design project; including, prototype mockups, models, stakeholder survey data, community meeting outcomes, processes of city government, and reflections of the process. A