Sharing Our Good News (03/29/24)


STEM 3rd Grader Makes It To State Gymnastics Championship Tournament

Top placement!
Congratulations to STEM 3rd grader Trey Benner, who has already proven to be an accomplished gymnast. Trey recently made it to State Championship Competition and took 3rd place out of 280 kids. He placed 4th individually on high bar and 2nd individually on the pommel horse. Way to go Trey!

STEM Secondary PE Teacher James Hitch Finishes in 3rd Place At Ultramarathon

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What a finish!
You might remember the STEM Staff Spotlight we did on our Secondary PE Teacher James Hitch, who was preparing to compete in an ultramarathon.
Mr. Hitch completed his *50 mile run* and finished 3rd overall! Amazingly, he averaged a pace of 8:41 per mile and his finishing time was 7 hours, 15 minutes and 46 seconds.
What an incredible feat and congratulations to Mr. Hitch on your achievement!

STEM Graduate Gitanjali Rao Featured on Good Morning America For Invention

National Spotlight!
STEM graduate and now Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) freshman Gitanjali Rao was recently featured on Good Morning America for her creation of Kindly, an app she designed to put a stop to cyberbullying.
The app works similar to spellcheck, but instead lets the user know if they are about to text something that would be categorized as cyberbullying. Congratulations Gitanjali! You can check out the GMA feature here:
Anjali Rao on GMA

Nominations Being Accepted For 2025 Teacher Of The Year Award

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Nominations being accepted!
Do you know an exceptionally dedicated, knowledgeable and skilled K-12 classroom teacher? Nominate them to be the next Colorado Teacher of the Year! Anyone – students, family or community members, even fellow teachers – can nominate an amazing teacher in their life to apply.
We are fortunate at STEM to have so many fantastic teachers. If you have someone in mind to nominate, you can do that here by filling out a quick survey:

STEM's FRC Coach Named As Finalist For Award

Congratulations to STEM FRC Team Impulse Coach Dakotah Mann on becoming the 2024 FRC Colorado Woodie Flowers Finalist. Dakotah has been with STEM’s FRC team since 2014 initially as a student participant. After graduating, Dakotah continued with the program as a coach and mentor. The recognition is well deserved!

FRC award

STEM Welcomes New ES Instructional Assistant Dana Kisselman

Welcome to STEM Dana Kisselman! Dana is a new Elementary School Instructional Assistant. Dana brings many years of educational experience and we are greatly looking forward to her working with our kids.

Check out the video introduction to learn more about Dana and her background.

Lockheed Martin Guest Speaker Gives Materials Science Presentation To Secondary Students

All about materials!
A special thanks to guest speaker Arianne Lazaro, Senior Materials Engineer at Lockheed Martin Space for visiting STEM.
Arianne provided a fun introduction into the fascinating world of materials science and engineering! Students found out that materials science is the study of literally everything that makes up the world around us, and then Arianne took students through an exercise where the class discussed their own ideas for applications for materials such as Aerogels, Hydrogels, Metamaterials (Wave Bending) and Superhydrophobic Metals. One unique and cutting-edge material she introduced us to is called Prince Rupert’s Drop, which is a toughened glass created by rapidly cooling molten glass in water. Amazing!

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