The start of a new academic year is one of my favorite times to visit our schools and talk with our students, families, teachers and staff. Our hallways are filled with a palpable optimism and drive to continue our momentum toward the highest levels of academic growth and success.
It’s not the eclipse that is dangerous to observe, it’s the sun! The sun’s visible (and invisible) rays can cause serious damage to the sensitive tissues of the eyes, often without being immediately aware of it. Normally, our common sense protects us from looking directly at the sun for more than a second.
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.