Colorado is projected to have one of the highest growths in STEM career opportunities over the next decade. Our students need resources for STEM education and pathways to explore careers in STEM in order to be prepared for the 21st century workplace. Our Community Foundation is making STEM Education for K-12 students a priority in the counties we serve. From LEGOs for elementary schools to coding devices, 3D printers and robotic labs for middle and high school students, your donation will help give our students the tools they need to be successful.
WCCF was pleased to sponsor a STEM Code Camp, provided by CU Science Discovery for teachers from District 51 schools. Thanks to our STEM team partners at WMS for hosting and organizing this event - Maria Deuel, Heidi Ragsdale, Therese Moran, and Mike Gregorich of D51,...
Resource Area for Teachers (RAFT), a WCCF 20th Anniversary Impact Grantee, brought their RAFT-on-Wheels mobile teacher training to Montrose last week. In addition to hands-on tools and ideas to help teachers foster problem-solving, inquiry-based learning for their...
Congratulations to Phil Johnston and the CHS STEM Academy team for being the FIRST Colorado school campus to gain certification from the National Institute of STEM Education! WCCF is proud to support this effort with grants for Chromebooks and renovation of the CHS...
Central’s STEM Academy’s expanding robotics program
Four years ago, Central High School launched a STEM Academy, a specialized program within the high school open to students across Mesa County School District interested in a career in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math). The program has grown steadily and there are over a hundred students now enrolled. STEM Academy students complete the normal high school requirements for graduation plus required AP classes in Computer Science. Each student commits to an internship and a special project in order to complete the STEM Academy requirements.
Central offers robotics classes to its STEM Academy students and is planning a Robotics Competition class. Central’s STEM teachers and students are heavily involved in the district-wide high school robotics league, the Hi Fives, which has an impressive track record for success in state and national competitions. When the space at the Business Incubator was no longer available for the Hi Fives, the STEM Coordinator at Central started envisioning a dedicated space for robotics as part of his traditional shop building.
Our Community Foundation awarded $20,000 to the STEM Academy to renovate the space over the summer and equip it with design software for laptop computers, movable work tables and other specialized equipment to provide a home for robotics engineering. In time, the Robotics Lab may be open to students from nearby Grand Mesa Middle School and students in summer camps offered by the John McConnell Math and Science Center.
West Middle School’s MESA after-school program supported with a $5,000 grant
“It is really exciting that my MESA program got this donation! This means that me and other kids can enjoy many fun things, while also learning a TON about Math, Engineering, Science, Technology.”
3rd year MESA student
Montrose School District committed to STEM education
Montrose School District is a relatively small district with a big dream: to become the first STEM district in our state. In August, our Community Foundation attended a very enthusiastic district-wide back-to-school assembly and presented a $10,000 check. Our funding will be used to equip Maker Spaces at Northside and Olathe Elementary Schools – encouraging creativity and design thinking in Montrose’s youngest students.
“Teching up” the D51 STEM Schools
Chromebooks to be distributed to West Middle School and Central High School