Twenty-first century education is constantly evolving. With new technologies being developed daily, it’s more important than ever that students learn to be innovators as well as learners. Kristen Brohm, the STEM Coordinator for Alpine Elementary school says, “As we move forward in education, looking for innovators, problem solvers and critical thinkers, we are changing what we need to teach students.”
Alpine Elementary hosted the third Annual VEX IQ Mountain Lion Challenge on Saturday, January 25. Thirty seven teams from schools and home schools around the area visited Alpine for a day of competitions in robotics skills, programming, and STEM research. Teams of two to four students who had previously designed and constructed VEX IQ robots themselves came to Alpine with hopes of showing off what their robots could do. Teams exercised their communication, collaboration, and problem-solving skills by working in alliances to collect points in a robot "ball game" of sorts.
December 7-11 was Computer Science Week around the world. According to Code.org, over 190,000 schools worldwide participated in some sort of computer science program at their school. Alpine was learning right along with everyone else all week long. Visit Alpine's STEM site to read the the full article.