September 29, 2015, 7:56am By Amy Bounds, Staff Writer, Daily Camera
About 65 St. Vrain Valley teachers, counselors, librarians and coordinators attended a day-long symposium Monday at Longmont's Timberline K-8 to learn about integrating computer science principles into their lessons.
Axel Reitzig, program director of St. Vrain's Innovation Center, said the symposium kicks off the district's work to develop a K-12 computer science framework.
On Thursday, September 17, St. Vrain Valley Schools hosted a group of business leaders and eight national site selectors at the Innovation Center for a discussion on the connection between business, education, and economic success. Members of the panel included representatives from Charles Schwab, Google, Level 3 Communications, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Otter Products, Special Aerospace Services, and the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, as well as SVVSD Superintendent, Don Haddad.
June 13, 2015, 6:43pm By Amy Bounds, Staff Writer for the Lonmont Times-Call
St. Vrain Valley students took over multiple rooms at IBM's campus in Boulder as they used cardboard, duct tape, pipe cleaners and various other bits and pieces to build prototypes to create a "smarter planet."
Caeley Merry, who will be a sixth-grader at Erie Middle School, dreamed up a hurricane shelter with layers of fail safes that include a bubble cover to allow floating and escape pods so that "it's pretty hard to die."
They aren't taking over and starting to rule as our overlords though, at least not for now. Instead kids and adults will have the chance to control and learn more about robots during this summer's "Robot Rising" exhibit.
"We want to do each summer a hands-on kid-friendly exhibit," said Erik Mason, curator of research at the Longmont Museum. "We were bouncing around different ideas and it seemed like robots kept coming up, like something that is really big at that moment."
P-TECH (Pathways in Technology Early College High School) is a new model of education connecting high school, college and the world of work through college and industry partnerships. It’s a model that gives students a high school diploma, plus two years of college during their thirteenth and fourteenth high school years – at no cost to them. What’s more, it’s a model that’s improving the economic competitiveness of the United States.
Bill Before House and Senate To Make P-TECH a Reality in Colorado
Creativity, technical expertise, and a youthful perspective- these are the qualities that drew Boulder-based Modular Robotics to team up with students from the SVVSD Innovation Center on their newest robotics product.
The Innovation Center seeks out the best business and development opportunities for its students to provide real-life work experiences in forward-thinking industries. The shared vision of using educational technology to enhance learning made the partnership between the Innovation Center and Modular Robotics a perfect match.
What do eggs and robots have in common? Both are part of an exciting student presentation at the 2015 Denver National Western Stock Show. St Vrain’s Innovation Center and Colorado Egg Producers partnered to develop a new egg presentation that incorporates and highlights the importance of technology in egg production.
“We were looking for an engaging way to set ourselves apart at the stock show and get out our message about egg production,” said Jerry Wilkins from Rocky Mountain Eggs, Inc. and the Colorado Egg Producers (CEP).