Sharing Our Good News (10/13/23)


Engineering firm takes scan of engineering rooms to help STEM make best use of space

LiDAR scanning.
Merrick and Co., an engineering firm, completed a scan of STEM’s engineering rooms and used some impressive technology to do it. Equipped with a LiDAR scanner, they scanned the rooms and based on those scans, will go back and create a virtual walkthrough with exact measurements of the rooms. That data will help STEM teachers and administrators determine the best use of the space as new equipment is brought in.
LiDAR is a remote sensing method. LiDAR technology uses the light from a laser to collect measurements. These are used to create 3D models and maps of objects and environments.
A LiDAR syhttps://stem calculates how long it takes for beams of light to hit an object or surface and reflect back to the laser scanner. The distance is then calculated using the velocity of light*. These are known as ‘Time of Flight’ measurements.
We are looking forward to seeing the results of the scan!

New STEM promo released ahead of Prospective Spartan Showcase on November 2nd

STEM student awarded first place for presentation about the neurological cell cycle

First place presentation!
Over the summer, Auburne Mauger, a Junior at STEM, had an opportunity to complete a mentorship program through Polygence, with a PhD student from Duke University. She chose to deep dive into a STEM based research project on the mechanics of the neurological cell cycle. A few weeks ago, Auburne was asked to present her research at a rising scholars symposium with hundreds of high school students from all around the world. We are thrilled that Auburne was awarded first place with her conference research presentation! She is now working toward getting her research published.

First place victory for STEM's Middle School Cross Country Team

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Team Champions!
Exciting news from STEM’s Middle School Cross Country Team. This week they competed at the Confluence Invitational and walked away with first place!
Coach Lee said the experience was amazing and thanked STEM’s High School athletes for cheering on the team and providing a lot of support.
Congratulations to the awards recipients and everyone on the team!
2nd place: Emmett Baumgartner
4th place: Mason Carter
6th place: Caleb Gurolnick
12th place: Connor Burrell
13th place: Coleson Banta

Guest speaker gives STEM 5th graders a demonstration about aquaponics

Learning all about Aquaponics!
A special thanks to guest speaker Mike Crescitelli, an Aquaponic Farm and Syhttps://stems Designer, for giving a presentation to STEM 5th graders about the process.
Aquaponics is a food production syhttps://stem that couples aquaculture with hydroponics whereby the nutrient-rich aquaculture water is fed to hydroponically grown plants.
Literally speaking, Aquaponics is putting fish to work. It just so happens that the work those fish do (eating and producing waste), is the perfect fertilizer for growing plants. Fish can grow a lot of plants when they get to work!
One of the coolest things about Aquaponics is that it mimics a natural ecosyhttps://stem. Aquaponics represents the relationship between water, aquatic life, bacteria, nutrient dynamics, and plants which grow together in waterways all over the world. Taking cues from nature, aquaponics harnesses the power of bio-integrating these individual components: Exchanging the waste by-product from the fish as a food for the bacteria, to be converted into a perfect fertilizer for the plants, to return the water in a clean and safe form to the fish. Just like mother nature does in every aquatic ecosyhttps://stem.

STEM graduate Gitanjali Rao interviewed by PBS and honored at The White House

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This week we celebrated International Day of The Girl. The event showcases a world where girls actively influence government policies, business practices, and research priorities.
One of those who is making a big difference is recent STEM graduate Gitanjali Rao. This week her interview aired on the PBS show “Tell me more with Kelly Corrigan” about her accomplishments over the years. Check out the link to that interview here:
Additionally, Gitanjali is among 15 young women leaders who were recognized at The White House by First Lady Jill Biden for leading change and shaping a brighter future for their communities across the United States. Here is the press release from The White House:
Gitanjali is continuing to do a lot on the national scale while beginning her freshman year at MIT. Congratulations!

STEM recognized by DCSD for AP programs and student achievement

We struck gold!
STEM is one of the schools recognized within Douglas County School District for our AP programs and have been named to the new AP School Honor Roll. Schools can earn this prestigious recognition annually based on criteria that reflect a commitment to increasing college-going culture, providing opportunities for students to earn college credit, and maximizing college readiness.
Our entire community should celebrate this because it takes all of us to make it happen. From our teachers preparing our students to counselors helping with guidance and parents for all of their support, this is the result of a lot of hard work from a lot of people.
Congratulations to all! For more information about the selection process:
gold medal

Jeff Maher

Communications Manager at STEM.

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