July 5, 2016, 7:30am By Amy Bounds, Staff Writer, Daily Camera
The St. Vrain Valley School District — plus two Boulder groups — are all waiting to find out if their ideas for a high school will win a $10 million grant from Laurene Powell Jobs' challenge.
Jobs, the widow of Apple's Steve Jobs, earlier this year promised to donate $50 million and issued a challenge — dubbed the XQ Super School Project — to communities to reimagine the American high school.
The winners are expected to be announced in August.
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.
June 21, 2016, 6:38am By Amy Bounds, Staff Writer, Daily Camera
St. Vrain Valley elementary students this week dreamed up sprawling, cardboard school playground prototypes that included pools, zip lines, rocks walls, carousels and tunnels.
They used pipe cleaners, bottle caps, Popsicle sticks and various other bits and pieces to represent their design ideas, then presented to other students and talked about what changes they would make if they had more time.
A group of 10 high school students on Saturday tested an underwater robot they built to replace human divers in search of a rare frog at South America’s Lake Titicaca.
For about five years, scientists from the Denver Zoo have been helping officials in South America doing population surveys of a frog that is found only living underwater in Lake Titicaca and is known for doing push-ups.
States are leading efforts to create innovative opportunities in public school classrooms around the country, but what does that innovation look like?
The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) today launched the Next State of Learning project to showcase how states are transforming public education by scaling locally led innovations with a strong focus on student outcomes.
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."