STEM Explorers

The STEM Explorers, formally MESA Programs, unique mission is to encourage, motivate, support and prepare students for success in the pursuit of undergraduate degrees and careers in STEM.

STEM Explorers serves all District students but has a particular interest and focus on students from groups that are historically underrepresented in science, engineering, and other math based careers. STEM Explorer students in elementary, middle and high schools prepare for and explore these professions through collaborative projects focused on building math, science, technology, and communication skills.

The vision of STEM Explorers is to support the national science and mathematics educational agenda by ensuring that students develop a high level of literacy in mathematics, science, and technology so they can play a leading role within an increasingly technology-based world.

For more information about STEM Explorers, contact Sherri Stephens-Carter
St Vrain Valley STEM Explorers Coordinator at stephenscartr_sherri@svvsd.org
303-682-7388 or visit Colorado MESA

St. Vrain STEM Explorer Teachers

In School Programs
Blue Mountain – Terri Pollock
Centennial – Erin Murphy
Erie Elementary – Kristina Stem

After School Programs
Black Rock  –  Jennifer Bentley & Jill Martus
Burlington  –  Scott Smith, Janelle Wolfsberger, Jodi Willden & Lisa Rovnak
Central  –  Jason Gage, Kelly Sanseverino & Elizabeth Vela
Columbine  –  Jennifer Giles & Tanisha Lucero
Eagle Crest  –  Stephanie Potter & Michele Keener
Indian Peaks  – Jamie Meyers & Laurel Urquidi
Lyons  – Dawn Lundell
Mountain View  –  Adrian Jiron & Gabrielle Fueher
Northridge – Eric Woodland & Katie Frederickson
Prairie Ridge  –  Elana Wolfinbarger
Rocky Mountain  – Jenny Rojas, Lesja Crall & Tracy Rodgers
Thunder Valley (K-8)  –  Stacie Jordon & Kelly Parker
Timberline (K-8)  –  Peter Sutyak, Sarah Delany & Miranda Reynolds

SECONDARY
Altona Middle – Kathleen Jakobsen & Kaarina Demers
Coal Ridge Middle – Karen Hoppis & Layla Bowes
Erie Middle – Gregg Harris
Longs Peak Middle – Colin Rickman
Mead Middle – Janet Benter
Sunset Middle – Dianne Simonds
Trail Ridge Middle – Jamie Rovere & Zach Perez
Westview Middle – Jayme Margolin-Sneider & Monica Moreno Martinez

Erie High – Kelsey Rasmussen
Longmont High – Katie Spendlow
Mead High – Shannon Krack

Potential Front Range STEM Explorer Resources

Resources – not guaranteed, just placed to begin looking

CU Science Discovery hands-on workshops, demonstrations and assemblies

CU Teach – An innovative, nationally renowned Secondary Math and Science Teacher Education program offered through the University of Colorado

Wings Over the Rockies – Air & Space Museum

Friends of the Dillon Ranger Station

US Department of Agriculture National Resources Conservation Service SNOTEL (Snow Pack Telemetry) and Snow Survey and Water Supply Forecasting 720-544-2852 or

Colorado Project Learning Tree

CIRES Education and Outreach – University of Colorado at Boulder 303-492-5670 or or

National Science Teachers Resources

Colorado Council of Teachers of Mathematics

Wildlands Restoration Volunteers Youth Stewardship programs 303-543-1411 or

Thorne Nature Experience in Boulder

Denver Aquarium 

Growing Gardens of Boulder County

Parrot Eyes Science – Hands-on learning in the classroom or for entire grade level.  Nancy Ferraro 303-466-2537

Challenger Learning Center of Colorado – at site, distance delivered or at school programs for grades 3-12 719-598-9755 or

Denver Zoo education outreach

Denver Botanic Gardens –  School Programs

Colorado State University Environmental Learning Center –  K-6 Educational Programs

W. Perry Conway’s Aerie Nature Series – or 303-499-7256

Denver Museum of Nature and Science – programs at the museum and at schools

Colorado Beef Council – Education Materials free to Colorado Residents 303-830-7892

University of Colorado Museum of Natural History – field trips of discovery kits

 

In School STEM Explorer Curriculum

Kindergarten

1st Trimester: Cubelettes:

Students are introduced to modular robotics. “There are lots of educational tools that are engaging, and there are some that teach real world lessons like design thinking, complexity, systems thinking, perseverance, project-based learning and collaboration. But robotics is unparalleled in combining all of these educational possibilities.”

2nd Trimester: Color and Light:

-Students experiment with colors and discover which colors are created when the primary colors are mixed together. They will be mixing colors to see how many they can make using colored water and eye droppers.

-They look through spectroscopes and see “rainbows”.. It is an introduction to the light spectrum. We will be looking at prisms and talking about seeing “rainbows” in other places. We will be making a “color mixer” device to mix or blend the rainbow colors.

Third Trimester: Birds:

-We talk about “what makes a bird a bird?”

-They will see wings of various species and talk about types of feathers and their purposes. Although birds are unique, there are also many types. We will look at different types of birds’ feet, birds’ beaks and birds’ habitats to see how they have adapted to their environment.

 

1st Grade

1st Trimester: Cubelettes:

Students are introduced to modular robotics.”There are lots of educational tools that are engaging, and there are some that teach real world lessons like design thinking, complexity, systems thinking, perseverance, project-based learning and collaboration. But robotics is unparalleled in combining all of these educational possibilities.”

2nd Trimester: Balance and Structures

-Using Keva planks, students will learn about balance through building “structures” and “contraptions”

3rd Trimester: Insects

-Students will learn what makes an insect and insect.

-We will investigate a variety of insects and discover some interesting adaptations.

 

2nd Grade

1st Trimester: Cubelettes:

Students are introduced to modular robotics. “There are lots of educational tools that are engaging, and there are some that teach real world lessons like design thinking, complexity, systems thinking, perseverance, project-based learning and collaboration. But robotics is unparalleled in combining all of these educational possibilities.”

2nd Trimester: Balance and Motion

-Students will learn about balance by building structures with Keva planks.

-Students will build a contraption and use a roll a ping pong ball down a path to get to a designated location.

3rd Trimester: Mammals

-Students will learn what makes a mammal a mammal.

-We will investigate an interesting mammal; the otter. A mammal that lives in water. We will learn about its adaptations and habitat.

 

3rd Grade

1st Trimester: Scratch Programming

With Scratch, you can program your own interactive stories, games, and animations — and share your creations with others in the online community.

Scratch helps young people learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively — essential skills for life in the 21st century.

2nd Trimester: Physics of Sound

-Students discover that sound is energy in the form of vibrations.

-Students investigate pith and intensity and how they affect sound.

3rd Trimester: Nature’s Recyclers

-Students build and sustain a habitat for red worms.They learn about a worms parts and and needs for survival.

-We will investigate how red worms can naturally help recycle and why they are important to our ecosystem.

 

4th Grade

1st Trimester: Scratch Programming

With Scratch, you can program your own interactive stories, games, and animations — and share your creations with others in the online community.

Scratch helps young people learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively — essential skills for life in the 21st century.

2nd Trimester: Mars

3rd Trimester: Energy

 

5th Grade

1st Trimester: Scratch Programming

With Scratch, you can program your own interactive stories, games, and animations — and share your creations with others in the online community.

Scratch helps young people learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively — essential skills for life in the 21st century.

2nd Trimester: Water

3rd Trimester: Energy

 

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