On Saturday, February 6th, Northridge had the honor of hosting its very first VEX IQ Challenge. Students from schools both withing St. Vrain and outside the district convened to put their teamwork, innovation, and design thinking skills on display. There were thirty-three teams who participated in the challenge, and our hallways, gym, and cafeteria were bursting at the seams with approximately 400 people!
Fifteen fourth and fifth grade girls are participating in the new Girls in STEM club at Indian Peaks Elementary. The club will introduce students to many fun activities and careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Girls will also gain insight about STEM through outreach collaboration, exposure to current research, career exploration, and strategies for equitable experiences.
In the second grade classes of Rocky Mountain Elementary, students had learned everything there was to know about weather. During a video about extreme temperatures, students discovered a new concept called 'frostbite'. Everyone immediately began chattering about how awful frostbite would be to experience. The teacher joined in on the conversation, and mentioned to the students that there are people right here in the town of Longmont who suffer frostbite when the weather turns cold.
In December, Skyline was honored to host Senator Bennet. He toured our school and our students impressed him with the work they are doing! See below for the article from the Times Call, posted on December 21, 2015.
On January 11th, 2016, Trail Ridge Middle School hosted a P-TECH Dinner catered by Las Palmeras.
St. Vrain Valley School District is one of two school districts in Colorado chosen to offer Pathways in Technology Early College High Schools (P-TECH). Through a partnership with IBM and Front Range Community College, current 8th graders/next year’s incoming freshmen, can take part in the P-TECH program which combines both high school and two year of community college to obtain their Associate’s degree.
During the week of December 7th to the 11th, all 700 students at Trail Ridge Middle School participated in the internationally recognized Computer Science Education Week. Students were able to spend 10+ hours in a topic of their choice including Green Screen, Spheros, Makey Makeys, Arduino, Scratch, Hour of Code and many others.
Included in the activities was a film crew composed of 13 students that filmed CSEd Week and presented their compiled video to a school-wide celebration on December 11th, 2015.
Third grade student Ryan C. is sharing about his upcoming heart surgery. He is teaching others about the elements of STEM he will be experiencing when he undergoes treatment in February. In the book Ryan is sharing, he points out his favorite page which shows all of the biotechnology and surgical suite machines he will be able to see close up. "I'm not afraid right now, I'm sort of excited to see all of these things before I go to sleep." Ryan is sharing how science, technology, engineering and math can help people who need complex surgery.