Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Centennial Middle School Gifted & Talented Students "Save Montrose" in STEM Design Challenge

Students in the Centennial Middle School Gifted & Talented program participated in a unique STEM Design Challenge on October 17th, 2018. On their afternoon off from school, around 30 students in grades six through eight volunteered to spend their afternoon with GATE Facilitator Danielle Kistler to save the city of Montrose from "Toxic Popcorn", a design challenge from tryengineering.org.

Watch the MCSD STEM Productions video below to see these if these students were able to save Montrose from toxic popcorn...

Video Produced by John Steele
November 2018

Special Thanks to 
Danielle Kistler - Centennial Middle School GATE Facilitator
Centennial Middle School Gifted & Talented Students
Joe Simo - Centennial Middle School Principal 

Friday, November 9, 2018

MHS Multimedia Students Skype with Professional Podcast Director, Writer and Producer

MHS students in Clara Pena's Intro to Multimedia course explored the world of podcasting by collaborating in small groups to create a concept for a podcast, then designing and writing a podcast series in various formats. Student created their own websites and marketing for their podcast in addition to actually producing at least one episode. 

At the conclusion of their podcasting unit, the students listened to a brand new podcast that premiered in October called America 2.0, a scripted six-episode series featuring the voice talent of major Hollywood actors, including Laurence Fishburne, Patrick J. Adams, and Kate Walsh, among others. After listening to America 2.0, students had the rare opportunity to listen to and speak with the podcast's creator, writer, producer and director, JS Mayank, who graciously Skyped in from Hollywood. MCSD Coordinators John Steele and Matt Jenkins, friends of JS Mayank, moderated the conversation, which lasted about 30 minutes. Then, JS Mayank allowed students to ask questions for another 45 minutes, and kindly answered some great student questions with some sage wisdom and advice on everything from writing to podcasting to being a creative professional. 

Special thanks to JS Mayank for taking time to speak with our students!

Colorado STEM Magazine Nov 2018

Friday, November 2, 2018

MEDC's 2nd Annual 2018 Manufacturers Expo

MCSD students and teachers participated in MEDC's 2nd Annual Manufacturer's Expo on November 1st, 2018. Represented were Montrose High School's Engineering and Biomedical Science programs, Olathe High School's Computer Science program, and Centennial Middle School's Engineering program. It was a great opportunity for our students to learn about the advanced manufacturing industry locally and to show off the great things they are doing in their schools!

Thursday, November 1, 2018

MHS PLTW Biomedical Science Program Engages Students with Authentic Scientific Inquiry

The MCSD STEM short film "It All Begins with a Dead Body: MHS PLTW Biomedical Science" offers a behind the scenes look at how Montrose High School students are engaging in authentic scientific inquiry and solving real world problems in the Principles of Biomedical Science course.

For a more in-depth look at the Biomedical Program at MHS, check out the "Director's Cut", featuring 10 additional minutes of interviews and students learning, along with a special thank you to those who made the PLTW Biomedical program possible: Thank you!

"It All Begins with a Dead Body: The MHS PLTW Biomedical Program" (17min)

Produced and Directed by John Steele
Emarae Garcia - MHS Science Teacher
Shane Yanosky - MHS Science Teacher
The Montrose Detective Unit
The Montrose Deputy Coroner
MHS Biomedical Science Students
October 2018

MHS STEM/IT Newsletter for November 2018

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

MCSD STEM: Innovation at Work Interview with John Steele

MCSD STEM Coordinator John Steele talks with InSync Media's Laura Williams about STEM Education in the Montrose County School District.