Sharing Our Good News (04/05/24)

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STEM Secondary French Students Experience The Trip Of A Lifetime In France

What an adventure!
STEM Secondary French students recently had the chance to visit France. The emphasis was on students exploring French culture firsthand, practicing their French skills and learning about various STEM careers internationally.
Our students had the incredible opportunity to immerse themselves in the local culture, practicing their French with locals, indulging in delicious new foods, and forming lasting bonds with each other. From the charming streets of Freiburg to the iconic sights of Paris, this trip was more than just a tour—it was a transformative experience that expanded their horizons and enriched their understanding of the world.
Additionally, they explored STEM-related places such as the City of Science and Industry in Paris, where they discovered the wonders of science and technology firsthand. These experiences not only fueled their passion for STEM but also provided them with valuable insights into the innovative advancements shaping our world.

STEM First Graders Learn About Careers From Parent Presentations

All about careers!
STEM first graders absolutely loved the parent career presentations. A special thank you to the STEM parents who volunteered to come to the school and talk all about what they do for work.
The students learned all about cooking, taxes, health, being an IT professional and much more! Many of the parents brought in tools they use at work and gave some really nice presentations at individual stations in each classroom.

STEM Students Use Silicone To Create Their Own Molds

Molding and sculpting.
STEM Secondary CE Additive Manufacturing students are creating silicone-rubber molds of their own 3D printed designs. These molds can be used to create shaped pieces of ice, chocolate, wax, soap and more!
STEM students love the hands on learning opportunities that allow them to use various materials to design their own unique creations in class.

STEM FBLA Students Earn Spots At Nationals

FBLA success!
Recently, a group of our Secondary FBLA students were at the Gaylord competing in the state competition. All of our students there did an excellent job, and five of them placed in the top four in their categories. Congratulations to the state qualifiers:
Syna Joseph- 3rd place in Health Administration
Thomas Lewis- 2nd place, Introduction to Financial Math
Blake Carver-Adames- 3rd place in Journalism
Shanmukha Ragampudi- 3rd place, Securities and Investments
Rylie Calme- 3rd place Client Services
Not only did they each place at state, but they all qualified for nationals in Orlando this summer! Way to go STEM’s FBLA team!

State of STEM is Coming Up Next Week!

Check out this important announcement from our Executive Director LynAnn Kovalesky and Chief Innovation Officer Matt Cartier about the upcoming State of STEM.
We invite you to attend State of STEM next week on Thursday, April 11th at 6 p.m. or Friday, April 12th at 8 a.m. It’s a chance for you to learn more about the excitement that is ahead for STEM and to also hear of recent student success stories.
More details to come, but be sure to mark your calendars!

STEM Middle School Science Students Learn About Artificial Selection

Self sustainment and artificial selection!
In Dr. Katie Wallin-Miller’s middle school science class, the students are working on two different projects. One has to do with artificial selection, where the students are working with plants that go from seeds to producing their own seeds in just a month. It allows the students to practice artificial selection with two generations of plants. Each day, the students measure their plants, count the leaves, record the height and make note of their observations. The students make the decision on which plants they want to keep.
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STEM 2nd Graders Learn Literature In Creative Ways

Learning literacy.
STEM 2nd graders are focused this week on literature and what makes a good writer. You will notice that our classrooms are designed for collaboration. Our teachers love nothing more than to see students exchange ideas with each other and form friendships along the way.
No sitting straight forward in rows and basic paper assignments! STEM students thrive in this kind of classroom setting where they can work together and learn together.

STEM's Samsung Solve For Tomorrow Team Unboxes Massive Prize Package

A pile of prizes!
STEM’s Samsung Solve For Tomorrow “Rubber Duckies” team unpacked their latest prize package and it was a big one! It contained nearly two dozen Galaxy Chromebooks to add to the list of prizes the team has already collected this school year.
The team earned thousands of dollars in awards for their invention that alerts drivers of wildlife near the roadway using advanced infrared technology. The ‘Rubber Duckies” are already crafting up ideas for next year’s Samsung competition.
STEM leadership is extremely proud of this team and grateful for the Chromebooks, which will be used in our classrooms. Way to go Rubber Duckies and we can’t wait to see what you come up with next school year!

STEM Secondary Art Students Create Fictional College Mascots

*NOT* an April Fool’s. STEM Secondary Art students were tasked with creating new college mascots using the art of Photoshop. Their creativity has no bounds!
These amazing creations were inspired from March Madness. See any that you like?

STEM Staff Pulls April Fools' Prank On Students

April Fools’!
Many of our students did a double take upon arriving at school. STEM staff decided to pull a prank on the students by dressing like they do.
Notice a common theme? Seems to be all about pajama bottoms these days! The teachers certainly didn’t mind this one. A casual Monday is always welcome!
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