Sharing Our Good News (04/12/24)


STEM Leaders Lay Out Vision For The Future at State of STEM Event

State of STEM!
Thanks to everyone for attending both of our State of STEM sessions Thursday evening and Friday morning. It was great to see everyone and lay out the STEM vision moving forward and also to celebrate all of the accomplishments.
That vision was presented by Chief Innovation Officer Matt Cartier and Executive Director LynAnn Kovalesky. The full video presentation will be available soon. Keep an eye out for it on STEM social media and in upcoming newsletters.

STEM High School CE Students Are Building A Submarine Drone From Scratch

Building a submarine from scratch!
STEM High School Concurrent Enrollment classes including Motors & Controls (pictured), Additive Manufacturing, Fluid Power, Industrial Wiring, and Robotics are working together to build an underwater remote control drone capable of diving up to 85m and sending high-definition camera footage back to the surface. Research, purchasing, 3D printing parts, soldering, assembly, and testing are covered in-class.
It’s amazing to watch STEM students from various classes work together on a single project and watch it all come together. We look forward to seeing how this operates when it is ready to go underwater!

STEM Students Place in Top 25 For World Affairs Challenge

Smart solutions!
Congratulations to our 7th grade science students who took part in the World Affairs Challenge (WAC) with World Denver.
Out of 128 teams, where is how STEM teams placed:
5th place – Teams 29+23
12th place – Team 18
14th place – Team 35
15th place – Team 19
17th place – Team 21
18th place – Team 7
20th place – Team 11
21st place – Team 13
Those are excellent results consider the students were up against teams from all over the world.
The World Affairs Challenge (WAC) is an international program and competition for middle and high school students to develop and implement their own S.M.A.R.T. solutions for the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
Students completed their Problem Identification and Investigation. They worked in teams to develop their SMART solution and present it to judges. The competition also included a video presentation from each team.
Then came the action plans, community outreach and budget development that ended up with some of the groups competing at the Global Championship. Way to go STEM Spartans!
WAC challenge

STEM 2nd Graders Working with Denver Dumb Friends League on PBL Unit

denver dumb friends league
Creating a business plan!
A special thank you to Denver Dumb Friends League for visiting with STEM 2nd graders to collaborate again for the dog biscuit PBL unit.
Students will be tasked with creating their own dog biscuit company, creating a brand, coming up with a marketing plan and ultimately baking and selling the biscuits. The proceeds will go back to DDFL to assist with their day to day services.
STEM students love opportunities like this to work with established organizations on fundraising efforts that put their creativity and teamwork to the test.

STEM Students Watch Solar Eclipse With Residents From Highline Place Memory Care

A nice feature from FOX31 about STEM students visiting Highline Place Memory Care in Littleton for the solar eclipse. It was a great experience for both the students and residents of the facility sharing a moment of awe and appreciation for science and our solar sy

Eyes To The Sky As STEM Students Welcome The Solar Eclipse


What a view!
The solar eclipse was celebrated all throughout STEM with students of all ages looking up at the spectacular sight. Our science department equipped special solar eclipse glasses to students and staff so that the event could be viewed safely.
Here’s some interesting facts about the solar eclipse from Time Magazine:
“The total eclipse starts at 12:39 p.m. Eastern Time, a bit more than 620 miles south of the Republic of Kiribati in the Pacific Ocean, according to Astronomy. The umbra remains in contact with Earth’s surface for three hours and 16 minutes until 3:55 p.m. when it ends in the Atlantic Ocean, roughly 340 miles southwest of Ireland.
The umbra enters the U.S. at the Mexican border just south of Eagle Pass, Texas, and leaves just north of Houlton, Maine, with one hour and eight minutes between entry and exit, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) tells TIME in an email.
The longest totality will extend for four minutes and 28 seconds on a 350-mile-long swath near the centerline of the eclipse, including west of Torreón, Mexico, according to NASA.
In the U.S., some areas of Texas will catch nearly equally long total eclipses. For example, in Fredericksburg, totality will last four minutes and 23 seconds—and that gets slightly longer if you travel west, the agency tells TIME. Most places along the centerline will see totality lasting between three and a half minutes and four minutes.”

Stop By STEM and Drop Off A Tennis Ball For Daisy's Birthday!

STEM Communications Department Adds Professional Grade Camera To Inventory

Camera upgrade!
The STEM Communications team recently added a Sony A7III professional camera to their inventory. Last week they were able to put it to use and here are some of our favorite pictures from the classroom.
The camera will be used to capture high-quality images of classroom activities and 4K videos. What a great tool to have to share some of the exciting announcements, class projects and school related events. It was also good timing to have this just in time for the solar eclipse.
We look forward to capturing even better images of what STEM students are doing in the classroom than ever before!

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