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.
Indian Peaks Elementary is hosting a "Dive Into STEM" Family Night on October 22nd from 5:30-7pm. The event will have a multitude of hands-on activities family rotate through and experience together. Visit 5 stations and enter your family to win a Kindle Fire HD! Activities include: Denver Aquarium
This year, Columbine has started a VEX IQ Robotics Team! 24 students meet weekly to design, build, and utilize their coorperation and problem solving skills to construct a robot. After completing their robots, we will participate in several events this season.
Students are using an app called 'eSpark' to support reading learning in the classroom. “eSpark enables teachers to bridge the gap between engagement and academics on the the iPad.” Using assessment data from students, eSpark creates a personalized learning plan for each student, targeting his or her areas of need. Students take a pre-assessment and then watch a few short engaging educational videos.