June 24, 2016, 10:17am By Brett Callwood, Times-Call Staff Wrtier
Jalali Hartman said Thursday that prior to working with St. Vrain Valley students, he didn't know what they'd be capable of, but that he was ultimately impressed. He even joked that he has been left wondering why he needs to hire anyone.
As part of the "Project Citizen" showcase, fourth and fifth grade students presented at the state capitol Thursday. The Civic Canopy sponsored the event and hosted elementary, middle, and high schools from around the state. The Indian Peaks team gave a 12-minute presentation on the partnership to renovate Affolter Park's playground. They shared highlights from the year and a half long design project; including, prototype mockups, models, stakeholder survey data, community meeting outcomes, processes of city government, and reflections of the process. A
Think back to when you were a student, back-to-school shopping, finding your classroom, and the exciting lessons that would soon fill your day. The first day of school jitters that were calmed by the friendly, welcoming face, and celebrating the “ah ha” moments when you finally figured out how to solve the problem. Then there was the time in kindergarten, when you went to the restroom but couldn’t remember the way back to your classroom. As panic set in, that friendly face walked around the corner and they knew exactly where your classroom was.
SVVSD, the City of Longmont, and Thorne Nature Experience partnered to create the ultimate environmental education experience at Sandstone Ranch! In anticipation of providing this opportunity to second graders across the district, Indian Peaks piloted a field trip to the Ranch. Students were divided into four groups and participated in stations centered around the history of Sandstone Park and the Longmont area. Aligned with the Colorado Academic Standards, students were able to learn about land and water insects, birds, and the ways humans interacted with the ecosystem.&
To introduce and support the new makerspace at Indian Peaks (the iPeaks iLab), teachers are piloting RAFT (Resource Area for Teachers) lesson materials to support their current themes of study. When introducing the makerspace to staff, the design team felt it necessary to support teachers in lesson ideas for use in the space. With a varying range of knowledge in the maker culture, the team deemed RAFT kits as a way to integrate making into standards-based lessons with ease.
Students at Indian Peaks are learning for the sake of learning. Have you ever wondered why your feet fall asleep? Or why you have brown eyes? How about wanting to know more about a family member's illness?
Fifteen fourth and fifth grade girls are participating in the new Girls in STEM club at Indian Peaks Elementary. The club will introduce students to many fun activities and careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Girls will also gain insight about STEM through outreach collaboration, exposure to current research, career exploration, and strategies for equitable experiences.
Twenty-first century education is constantly evolving. With new technologies being developed daily, it’s more important than ever that students learn to be innovators as well as learners. Kristen Brohm, the STEM Coordinator for Alpine Elementary school says, “As we move forward in education, looking for innovators, problem solvers and critical thinkers, we are changing what we need to teach students.”