Last week, K-2 students at Longmont Estates were able to participate in a hands-on STEM CU Discovery class about Polar Connections. Students learned about polar wildlife, climate, geography, and what it's like to live in that extreme environment. They were given the opportunity to compare rocks from Antarctica and Colorado, learn about insulation through experiments with ice, and test out different materials and how they hold up in the wind. We all learned that while it may be cold here in the winter, it's nothing like the extreme environments on our planet.
This week at Longmont Estates students and teachers celebrated the "Hour of Code." Each classroom actually went through coding rotations for an hour and a half. Students worked with their buddy classrooms on programming games at Code.org. Then they went into the STEM lab to help teach each other how to program our robots, Dash and Dot, Ollie, and Sphero. FInally, with help from volunteers at Intel, students learned about binary code in an unplugged activity. There has been a lot of excitement in the building about this, and it's prompted a few di
Timberline PK8 had a fabulous Family Engineering Night. Students were able to show their parents how they are engineers by working with them on some engineering stations. The families received a passport and were able to participate in 8 different stations. They learned about communication through lego building, roller coasters, how different materials make many sounds, creating the longest diving board with dominoes, how nature insipired our technolgoy, how stong are towers, learning about engineering jobs and building arches.
Skyline had a team that participated in the Young Rebels entrepreneurial competition. The Times Call ran a story about the event, including pictures of our team. The students (Alexis Aguirre, Tiffani Aranda, Marlene Cabrera, Ma'ata Mo'unga, and Denisse Silva Goytortua) worked hard to come up with a business plan for a company they would like to start.
K-5 students had the opportunity to learn about the scientific method in a late start CU Discovery class in early November. They went through a series of experiments about density, mass, and floating vs.
The Northridge VEX IQ Club started up in the month of October, 2015 for a total of 32 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students. That's a total of EIGHT teams, up from four teams last year! Students began by learning the names of the components of a robot, and how to use notebooks to record tasks, ideate solutions, and test their prototypes as they build and reiterate their robots. They are learning how to follow directions, collaborate as teams, and take turns sharing responsibility as they build.
Trail Ridge Middle School and Westview Middle School were both recently awarded the title of "Apple Distinguished" schools, for demonstrating the five best practices designated by Apple to signify innovation in education with technology. The five characteristics are as follows:
1. Visionary Leadership: Leadership is evident not only in the school's administration, but also in teacher leaders, student self advocacy, and community involvement.
Fifth grade students were treated to a special guest speaker in mid-October as Mr. Ben Bernstein, a LEE parent, came in to talk about his career in meteorology. One of the 5th grade concepts for students to master in Earth Science is “Weather changes are measured by differences in temperature, air pressure, and water in the atmosphere and type of precipitation (3.3)“ Mr. Bernstein talked about different tools used to measure changes in weather, how technology is used in forecasting weather, and his particular job testing aircraft in different types of weather.
Columbine students and teachers celebrated STEM during a whole school event on October Count Day. Students had the chance to explore the importance of inquiry, technology, engineering, science, mathematics, and FUN! Students from all grade levels rotated through three interactive stations.
To explore robotics, students worked with Cubelets and Spheros. They manipulated various elements and pieces to control the robots and learned about cause and effect.