Longmont's Skyline High students build shark measuring device for Boulder researcher

Two Skyline High seniors are fine-tuning an underwater shark measuring device that will be used later this month in research.

Alejandro Coronado and Marco Guerrero, who are part of St. Vrain Valley's aquatics robotics team at the school district's Innovation Center, created the device for Boulder-based Ocean First Institute executive director Mikki McComb-Kobza.

St. Vrain 'super school' proposal in running for $10M grant

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.

Race to the Top recipients take SVVSD learning tour

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.

St. Vrain Valley students build prototypes to solve world problems

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.

Students build robot to help Denver Zoo study endangered frogs in Peru

The Denver Post
by Yesenia Robles

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.

Summer Super STEM 2017

The Innovation Center of the St. Vrain Valley Schools is pleased to release its 2017 Summer Super STEM catalog.  You can register before Friday, May 26th via RevTrack at this link.

St. Vrain featured in CCSSO Project Exploring Innovation in States

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.

St. Vrain students help build BiBli, the robot that bonds with shy children

BiBli, Longmont Library's kid-friendly robot, is having babies.

Last year Jalali Hartman, through his startup ROBAUTO and a partnership with the library, worked with a group of local kids to create BiBli.

St. Vrain teachers get lesson on integrating computer science

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.

Innovation Center Hosts Panel with National Business Leaders

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.