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Girls in STEM Club begins at Indian Peaks

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.

Weather got you down?

   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.

Incredible Week of Computer Science

Just before the winter break every student at Rocky Mountain participated in Computer Science education week and the hour of code.

 Kindergarteners could be spotted programing bee bots around shapes while fifth graders were building Lego robots and programming them to recognize colors, distances and perform tricks.

 Out of the 360 students from preschool to fifth grade, 136 of them completed the hour of code during the week. The certificates of completion line the hallways as students spot their name with pride.

Senator Bennet visits Skyline

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.

Times Call article

Senator Bennet's twitter feed, #1

Timberline Wins State ICAP Award

TRMS PTECH Dinner

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.

 

Trail Ridge Middle School Does CSEd Week

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.

 

4th Annual Grizzly Robotics Challenge

Trail Ridge Middle School hosted its 4th Annual Grizzly Robotics Challenge on December 5th, 2015. There were 27 teams including both middle school and high school levels.

 

This year’s game was Nothing But Net, in which teams had to work in alliance with each other to move balls into nets.

 

TRMS had six teams compete in the event!

Fall River Student Experiences STEM in Action

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.  

 

Computers, coding and more

Computer science week at Timberline was awesome! Students K - 8 were able to learn about computers, coding and robotics. All students went online to Hour of Code to practice their programming skills and also used some apps on the ipads. By having students learn about the programming they are learning another language that will help them in the future. Students had to communicate with the technology to make the robot or the creature on the app do some sort of action.

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