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.
9th-11th grade STEM Academy students were treated to a guest speaker last week. Olivier Brousse with 3d Vista took the time out of his busy schedule to teach our students about drones. He taught them about what components are necessary, what sensors are present and how they work, how Newton's 3rd law applies to their flight, and different applications of drones (search and rescue, aerial imaging, structural analysis, etc.). Students were excited for the opportunity to learn about this cutting-edge technology!
Four Skyline High School students - Avynne Trembly (12th, Local Winner), Lindsey Hamblin (11th, Local Winner), Susanna Jones (10th, Local Runner Up), and Renata Comeau (9th, National Runner Up, Local Winner) - were 2016 winners of the Colorado Affiliate of the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing.
Skyline High School was excited to show off what they are doing in the classroom on a daily basis to folks from around the state through the Colorado Education Initiative Seeing is Believing tour. Shifting the focus from the teacher to the student is something the STEM Academy prides itself on, with students constantly applying their science and math knowledge to projects they create. When the group came through at Skyline, they were impressed with the freshmen STEM students working on an aerial observation project, biology students creating prototypes to remove excess atm
SVVSD students in grades K-5 have an opportunity to attend Camp Invention this summer at Longmont Estates Elementary. The day camp will be held from June 13th-17th, 2016 from 9am-3:30pm. From the Camp Invention website, “At Camp Invention, our top priority is to provide quality programming in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. So our unrivaled program presents essential STEM concepts through the most creative hands-on activities.
Students at Fall River Elementary participated in learning about computer science in an integrated, physical way! With support from Lindsay Craig and Jennifer Bettencourt, 5th grade students learned about conditionals and wrote pseudo-code while in computer lab. Mrs. Bettencourt worked with students to edit and revise the statements. The statements were then given to Mr. Hoople, the physical education teacher, and students built an obstacle course that reflected the conditional statements. The entire school got to "Run the Code", with Mr.
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!