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.
This March, our Community Foundation was thrilled to support the Dash Robots get the opportunity to support an innovative learning program for D51 schools. With Title IV funding and WCCF grant funding, the district was able to purchase a total of 152 Dash...
Our Community Foundation was pleased to provide support for a second year to D51's Girls in STEM event, coined "Mission to Mars". This event brought 100 young women together to learn new skills and develop and present STEM-based projects. 2019 saw over double the...
Congratulations Heidi Ragsdale and D51 MESA Club students! Awesome job on the solar-powered car races downtown during Cinco de Mayo. Solar cars utilized parts made from 3-D printers donated by our Community Foundation and the D51 Foundation. Read the full stories...
Central’s STEM Academy’s expanding robotics program
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
“Teching up” the D51 STEM Schools
Chromebooks to be distributed to West Middle School and Central High School