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).
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.