The Digital Commons had a fantastic year of PowerTALKS, our version of TEDtalks. We were able to solicit experts to donate their time and energy to come speak to our students. They spoke on a range of topics from empowering women to financial success to the power of video online and much more. We offered two different speaking sessions this year based on our lunch schedule. STEM classes and students at lunch were welcomed into the DC for a 20 minute talk followed by a Q+A session.
St. Vrain Valley School District has partnered with the University of Colorado at Boulder to incorporate authentic engineering into the classroom in a program called CU Teams. Engineering graduate students have the opportunity to pay for their school through teaching engineering lessons in K-12 public education.
Parents! Do you have a great photo of your child playing his/her sport? PLEASE share them with the TRMS yearbook! All you have to do is go to www.replayit.com and look for Trail Ridge Middle School or email pictures to Chris Harrison, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Teachers around the world hear questions from their students such as, “Why does this matter?” or “Why should I care?” Earth Explorers, a STEM enrichment course at Trail Ridge, answers these questions directly through quality programming and exciting opportunities for students. We bring scientists into the classroom and they conduct experiments with our 6th graders that are related to their professional research. (There is a 7th and 8th grade class of Earth Explorers at Trail Ridge as well with a slightly different format).
As we all know, water quality around the world is an important issue. There are many countries who don’t have clean water to drink while we have “clean” water in our toilets. Here at the St. Vrain Valley School district, our 6th graders have a curriculum unit focused on water circulation, distribution and pollution. My students were given a challenge this year that changed most of their lives forever.