This year, Columbine has started a VEX IQ Robotics Team! 24 students meet weekly to design, build, and utilize their coorperation and problem solving skills to construct a robot. After completing their robots, we will participate in several events this season.
Columbine students and teachers celebrated STEM during a whole school event on October Count Day. Students had the chance to explore the importance of inquiry, technology, engineering, science, mathematics, and FUN! Students from all grade levels rotated through three interactive stations.
To explore robotics, students worked with Cubelets and Spheros. They manipulated various elements and pieces to control the robots and learned about cause and effect.
Last year, STEM Leadership members were concerned about the amount of arguing on the recess field. They observed that there was lots of conflict between students trying to play multiple sports in the same area. They decided to design a way to reduce the conflict on the field by designating areas for each sport. Their solution included different areas on the field where soccer, football, and other activities could be played. They submitted their idea to the principal in a formal letter.
Do you know how to ski or snowboard? Kindergarten, first, and second graders at Columbine now know how! Students recently participated in the Shredder Ski & Snowboard Mountain Experience that taught them the basics of the equipment, the correct form, and gave them the opportunity to practice the athletic skills they need for each sport. Students rotated through stations to try out the artificial ski and snowboard slopes, as well as practicing their balancing and gross motor skills with dry land skiing and snowboard activities.
Here at Columbine we had more than 110 students participate in our summer STEM program! Students entering first through fifth grades focused their summer on exploring the features of underground habitats, the movement and interactions of light, as well as the components and structure of our solar system. In addition to an amazing summer of learning, students at Columbine were also winners of the Shake, Rattle and Read 2014 Summer Challenge. Students read more books on MyON than any other Title I school in the district and won $1,500 to strengthen our reading programming!