Sharing Our Good News (02/11/22)


STEM fourth grader Anirudh Rao wins Second Place in International Aviation Art Contest

Congratulations to STEM fourth grader Anirudh Rao on winning Second Place in the Junior Category of the Colorado State 2022 International Aviation Art Contest.  Anirudh’s art has been sent to the National Association of State Aviation Officials (NASAO) in McLean, Virginia where it will be judged in the United State of America National Aviation Art Contest in March.  NASAO will also announce the winners on their website:

Way to go Anirudh!

Human Machine Algorithms

This week in Simi Basu’s AP Computer Science Principles class, students took part in the Human Machine Algorithm project.  In this activity, students designed an algorithm to find the smallest item in a list.  In this case, it was the value of a playing card.  Students wrote the algorithm on paper as a clear list of instructions in “pseudocode”.  They invented their own syhttps://stematic way for finding the smallest card on the table.  Very impressive!

STEM celebrates National School Counselors Week

Did you know this is National School Counselors Week? It’s a great time to recognize our outstanding team which includes (left to right) Kelli Myrick, Alyssa Woodward, Amy Barker, Alex Nardi and Sheri Langston. Thank you for all that you do for the STEM community!

Staff posing

A field trip to the stars

An out of this world field trip! STEM First Graders visited Fiske Planetarium and had an incredible experience. The students took in a solar syhttps://stem show, experimented in the sound lab with pitches, went on a to-scale solar syhttps://stem walk (which was 1-10 billionth scale trip), participated in a light and laser lab where they broke apart light and so much more!

A fun night at Skate City for the STEM community and ES Student Council

STEM sixth graders take overnight trip to Keystone

New trophies for STEM's BEST Robotics Team

This week we celebrated our High School BEST Robotics team’s accomplishments from this past season and placed their well-earned trophies in STEM’s trophy case.
We also presented this year’s team CEO, Brent Weiffenbach, with BEST’s award, The Kendrick Castillo Memorial Student Award Finalist. Brent received this award for mentoring others, for his communication skills, and his community outreach this past season. Congratulations, BEST team!
Other awards include:
1st place for Phase 3 & Phase 4 of the BEST Robotics Autonomous Programming Challenge.
2nd place Autonomous Programming Challenge – National
Team members:
Tyler Pautler CTO, Team Lead
DW Paladino
Caroline Vargish
Andrei Nicoara

STEM Student Siddhi Singh competes in Douglas County Spelling Bee

The annual Douglas County Spelling Bee was a hit! 25 DCSD students will advance to the 82nd Annual Denver Post Colorado State Spelling Bee in March. C-o-n-g-r-a-t-u-l-a-t-i-o-n-s!
1) Kathleen Keesey – Rocky Heights Middle School
2) Sashanth Magesh – Acres Green Elementary School
3) Aiden Sheehy – Rocky Heights Middle School
4) Claire Wilson – Ranch View Middle School
5) Ira Rege – Ranch View Middle School
5) Russell Wong – Eagle Ridge Elementary School
7) Reilly Rynearson – Mesa Middle School
9) Bianca Saju – Mountain Ridge Middle School
10) Barett Anderson – Franktown Elementary School
10) Owen Hasselback – Mesa Middle School
10) Clare Nickerson – American Academy – Castle Pines
10) Sanah Saxena – American Academy – Lincoln Meadows
14) Aayush Singh – Rocky Heights Middle School
15) Mattias Majestic – Cresthill Middle School
15) Ellsie Peterson – Official Cimarron Middle School
15) Siddhi Singh – STEM School Highlands Ranch
19) Corrin Baker – Mountain Ridge Middle School
19) Kathleen Mooney – Fox Creek Elementary
22) William Briggs – Frontier Valley Elementary School
23) Caleb Hosner – Mammoth Heights Elementary
25) Abigail Keenan – Bear Canyon Elementary School
STEM Cyberpatriot awards

A STEM Spartans victory

ICYMI: Our #STEMSpartans Boys Basketball Team won Monday night!! They beat Goldenview Classical Academy 28-26. Way to go Spartans!
Thank you to STEM Parent Jeanie Brevoort for sharing the photos with us.

A STEM themed cake surprise

One of our STEM employees has quite the baking talent! Our staff was pleasantly surprised with this cake spelled out as “STEM”. Two of the cakes went to the Elementary School lounge and the other two went to Secondary. Chocolate, white, yellow and funfetti. Thank you to that staff member for giving everyone a sweet start to the week!

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