Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Centennial Middle School's Engineering Showcase Spring 2018

Check out Centennial Middle School's Engineering Showcase video below:

Special thanks to Meghan Waschbusch and Chris Thompson
Video produced by John Steele
May 2018

Sunday, June 10, 2018

MCSD PBL Institute August 2018

MCSD will host a PBL Institute for Johnson, Cottonwood, Pomona and Oak Grove Elementary Schools August 21st - August 23rd

Northside and Olathe Elementary Schools will participate in PBL Institute 2.0

The PBL Institute will be held at the Montrose County Event Center

mindSpark Learning will partner with MCSD and will deliver a Keynote address on the August 21st to kick off the institute.

On Day 1, participants will learn about the Problem-based Learning and Design Thinking processes; in the afternoon, participants will rotate through three breakout sessions on Panel Presentations, Technology, and Identifying Problems and Linking to Standards.

On Day 2, participants will experience the PBL Process by working on an authentic, real-world local problem and presenting solutions to a panel.

On Day 3, participants will pitch their own PBL ideas and receive feedback before planning their PBL Lesson Plan for the 18-19 academic year.

Questions may be emailed to either john.steele@mcsd.org or jamie.simo@mcsd.org

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Northside Elementary STEM Night 2018

On May 1st, 2018, Northside Elementary hosted its second annual STEM Night to showcase student learning in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math and celebrate with family fun. Check out the video below for some of the highlights. Thanks to Northside STEM Coach Whitney Murphy, who organized this event!

Monday, May 14, 2018

Peak Academy Enters ArcGIS Online Mapping Contest

Click the link below for Peak Academy's submission to Esri’s ArcGIS Online Mapping Contest for Colorado Middle and High School Students.

"In 2017 the Montrose County School District was awarded a 3M EcoGrant targeting the management of invasive plant species in our community. This grant was distributed among three schools; Columbine and Centennial Middle Schools as well as Peak Academy. The grant was then used to create STEM/Problem Based Learning (PBL) initiatives managing invasive plants. Peak Academy students have created a riparian restoration management plan for a fifteen-hectare site near the Uncompahgre River within the city limits of Montrose, CO. We are currently embarking on year one of a five-year plan. The following story map details the progress made this past school year."

MCSD Students Receive Certificate of Completion in CMU CTE Nurse Aide Program

Students from Montrose and Olathe High Schools received Certificates of Completion in the CMU Nurse Aide Program during a ceremony with students, parents and administrators from clinical sites. Altogether, twenty-one students completed the two-semester program, in which students earned concurrent enrollment college credit while completing the program. 

The Nurse Aide program is one of several concurrent enrollment Career and Technical Education opportunities available to MCSD students at the CMU-Montrose campus. 

Congratulations Nurse Aide grads! 

Centennial Middle School S.T.E.A.M. Summer Camps 2018

Monday, April 23, 2018

Johnson Elementary 5th Grade STEM Challenge

Check out the video below of the Johnson Elementary 5th Grade STEM Challenge. Students were learning about separating mixtures based on properties by designing and testing a filter to clean pollutants out of water.

Thanks to Kim Martin and Amy Berry!

Video by John Steele.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Design Thinking for Educators from IDEO

Interested in the Design Thinking Process?

David Kelley, founder of IDEO, discusses the Design Thinking process on CBS This Morning:

David Kelley's IDEO Website offers educators a free Design Thinking Toolkit download, with some amazing resources for teachers interested in using the Design Thinking Process. Check out IDEO Design Thinking Website and download the toolkit!


MCSD Weed Warrior Problem-Based Learning Initiative

Check out the MCSD Weed Warrior Site for updates about the 3M Grant Weed Warrior Problem-Based Learning Initiative!

Monday, January 29, 2018

Article from LocoRobo Innovations:

What STEM/STEAM College Readiness Looks Like
As a university professor who engages with high school students at university open houses, I often meet with students interested in entering into engineering, computer science and robotics programs. At a recent open house, one student I met made me think “I wish more students were as prepared as she is to take my classes. This is what college readiness looks like.

As a K-12 teacher or administrator, I am sure you find yourself thinking about shaping your classrooms to help students achieve college and career readiness by the time they graduate. Here are some key traits of the high school student that I mention above:

1) Experience with computer science related topics, projects and hardware that are being applied in college courses and modern industry

2) The ability to articulate her current experience and explain its specific relevance to the work we do in my lab and in my courses

3) The ability to process the exposure she has had and frame her knowledge in the grand scheme of things

4) An excitement to take her place in higher education combined with humility about the potential for college to expand her knowledge and prepare her for a career

I believe these traits can be developed in the K-12 stage of a student’s life if we provide them the depth, breadth and rigor through a modern pedagogical approach:
  • Teacher + student centered pedagogy
  • Differentiated learning
  • Subject matter treatment grows in depth as students spend more time
  • Project-based and collaborative learning
  • Foundational concepts within a modern, industry standard environment
Learn More
Pramod Abichandani, CEO and Founder of LocoRobo Innovations Inc, is passionate about finding ways to bring modern technology out of the lab and into K-12 curriculum.

Monday, January 22, 2018

GIS with CMU Professor Tammy Parece

On January 11th, 2017, CMU Professor Dr. Tammy Parece met with MCSD teachers to discuss GIS (Geographic Information System). Dr. Parece graciously shared a wide variety of resources for teachers to begin using various GIS tools in the classroom. Dr. Parece is willing to return to MCSD for a more extensive training. If you are interested in this, please contact John Steele.

For the full shared folder of resources, click here.

Here's Dr. Parece's presentation outline from January 11th:

Here are Five GIS Activities you can do in five minutes:

Here's a collection of GIS resources for educators:

Friday, January 19, 2018

InvenTeams STEM Grant from MIT

Check out the InvenTeams Grant opportunity for STEM educators below:

"Inspiring a new generation of inventors.
Lemelson-MIT InvenTeams™ are comprised of high school students, educators, and mentors that receive up to $10,000 each to invent technological solutions to real-world problems of their own choosing. STEM educators from the continental U.S., Alaska, Hawaii, and territories of the U.S. may apply."

Remember, before applying for a grant, you should first fill out a Grant Request form from the MCSD District Office. Contact John Steele or Jessica Beller for more information. 

Welcome to the New MCSD STEM Blog!

The Montrose County School District welcomes you to the new online home of all things STEM and PBL!

Here you will find regular updates on all the MCSD STEM and PBL news as well as teacher resources.

Please bookmark this page and check back regularly for updates.