Sharing Our Good News (01/19/24)


STEM releases new promo for Game Design as part of the P-TECH Program

Designing your own video games in high school while earning college credits at the same time?! That’s what students are doing at STEM School Highlands Ranch as part of our P-TECH program. Game Design is our newest pathway and our pioneering P-TECH gaming students just completed their first semester.
Check out what their teacher, Tylor Chacon has to say about the Game Design college level courses at STEM and what his students are getting out of it.
Interested in having your student join our P-TECH program? Check out our Career Discovery webpage and be sure to contact Nicole Ryan, our Career Discovery Coordinator:

STEM graduate Gitanjali Rao receives award for inventions and leadership

This past weekend, STEM alumni Gitanjali Rao received the 2024 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Beloved Community Award for her inventions and STEM advocacy.
The Beloved Community Awards is one of the marquee events of The King Center’s week-long annual King holiday experience. The awards recognize national and international individuals and organizations that exemplify excellence in leadership, pursuit of social justice, and commitment to creating the Beloved Community in the tradition of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Mrs. Coretta Scott King.
The 2024 Beloved Community Awards recipients include:
Beloved Community Coretta Scott King Soul of the Nation Award – Mrs. Deloris Jordan, Advocate and Philanthropist
Beloved Community Yolanda D. King Higher Ground Award – Michael J. Fox, Award-Winning Actor, Best-Selling Author, and Founder of The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research
Beloved Community Civic Leadership Award – Faith and Politics Institute
Beloved Community Technological Innovation Award – Gitanjali Rao, Innovator, Author, STEM Promoter
Beloved Community Social Justice Award – Ben Crump, Esq., National Civil Rights Attorney
Beloved Community Christine King Farris Legacy of Service in Education Award – Spelman College
Beloved Community Youth Influencer Award (individual) – Sara Mora, Student, Storyteller, and Immigrant Rights Advocate
Beloved Community Environmental Justice Award – Captain Planet Foundation
Beloved Community Corporate Social Impact Award – Lowe’s
Congratulations to Gitanjali on the award! For more information:
Gitanjali Rao MLK award

STEM honored for female diversity in AP Computer Science

STEM diversity award

Exciting news!

STEM School Highlands Ranch has earned the College Board AP® Computer Science Female Diversity Award for achieving high female representation in AP Computer Science. Schools honored with the AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award have expanded girls’ access in AP computer science courses.

More than 1,100 institutions achieved either 50% or higher female representation in one of the two AP computer science courses or a percentage of the female computer science exam takers meeting or exceeding that of the school’s female population during the 2022-23 school year. In 2023, STEM was one of 225 recognized in the category of AP Computer Science.

At STEM, we take great pride in recognizing and celebrating our diverse student and staff population. For more information about the award, visit:…/ap-computer…

With STEM's P-TECH Program, students can begin earning college credits as early as 9th grade

Did you know STEM students can start earning college credits as early as 9th grade? STEM is proud to have the only P-TECH program in Douglas County. With our P-TECH program, students can earn their Associate’s Degree while completing their Diploma at STEM. To learn more about the program, our college and university partnerships and the Concurrent Enrollment pathways, check out the video.
Interested in enrolling your student in our P-TECH program? You can start the process here:

STEM students design driving simulator in Game Design II class

Simulation creation!
In our Game Design II class, STEM students are designing their own driving simulator video game. They’re adding everything from the cars to the roadway, terrain and obstacles.
Game design is the newest area of focus added to STEM’s one of a kind P-TECH program. With P-TECH, students can start earning college credits as early as 9th grade. For more information, check out our Career Discovery page:
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