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.
When we asked our community to "Let go of their LEGOs, and K'NEX", they did! 220 pounds of the building toys were collected during our 10 day drive, and will be delivered to District 51 to be distributed to elementary and middles schools for STEM focused education...
Donations needed for classroom programs throughout District 51 By KATIE LANGFORD Is there a box of Legos gathering dust in the basement or long-forgotten K’nex taking up space in the closet? The Western Colorado Community Foundation wants them. The...
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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