February 6, 2016, 12:00am | St Vrain Valley School District Twenty-first century education is constantly evolving. With new technologies being developed daily, it’s more important than ever that students learn to be innovators as well as learners.
Colorado Succeeds (an organization dedicated to continuous improvement in our state's education system) hosted a STEM day at the Capitol for local educators and policy makers to meet with legislators to discuss current issues and bills that affect STEM education in our state. The morning began with a panel discussion around the importance of industry and education partnerships in advancing STEM programming for all students.
In SVVSD's first annual District Design Challenge, Skyline took first prize in the "Skillful Practitioners" category with their team of four - Cara Luchies, Marie Kaufman, Ryan Johnson, and Amanda Giuliani.
Brian Straight, one of Skyline's GK-12 fellows, taught students about what is currently going on in the world of robotics. Not only did he touch on biomedical engineering, humanoid robots, drones, and robots in space, he also taught the sophomores about his own personal research. Students learned how he analyzed forces exerted on a person in a wheelchair as they were being pushed in an effort to create a more supportive chair in the future during his time as a mechanical engineering graduate student. Students also got to learn about another project that Brian has work
Congratulations to our own Robotics Team, the Flying Python Innovators for their State Competition Performance. This team has the Highest Ranking in the State of Colorado for Programming Skills. Zeke W., Nicholas S. and Allison B. have created an incredible robot that has won several awards this year and secured the team a spot at the Worlds Competition in Louisville, Kentucky. Check out a video on their programming skill at LEERobotics.
A few furry and scaly friends from the Denver Zoo visited Longmont Estates during our March Late Start. Students in grades K-2 were invited to join us for an hour to learn about four different small animals: Zambezi the African Bull Frog, Mombasa the Kenyan Sand Boa, Walla the Shingleback Skink, and Pelay, the Three-Banded Armadillo. The students were enthralled learning about how the animals get their food, sleep, and have adapted to their surroundings.