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.”
This term, the Indian Peaks Parent Leadership Team has decided to focus their efforts of increasing family involvement in the area of Math, specifically in the area of math facts. Two Family Math Nights were hosted last week: Tuesday, Jan. 12th and Thursday, Jan. 14th from 6-7:15 pm.
Now with Wonders Technology’s teaching tools educators can teach students as young as four how to program complicated technology, such as robots and 3D printers. The Tech Tray works as an input so that students without reading or typing abilities can easily get up and running. By replacing core programming words with building blocks we’ve simplified the process into something that is easy, fun and paves the way for plenty of in depth learning! Learners can place the blocks on the tray in a bunch of different patterns to make a robot roll around in different ways.