We were honored last week to host a delegation of educators
from Guangzhou City, China. This delegation of teachers, principals and superintendents,
affiliated with Beijing Normal University, visited Colorado SmartLabs to learn
about innovative approaches to STEM education in the U.S.
The China delegation visited Rocky Heights and Cresthill
middle schools (Douglas County School District), The Englewood middle and high
school campus (Englewood Schools), Wilder Elementary (Littleton Public Schools)
and Merrill Middle School (Denver Public Schools).
Highlights of the tours were meetings with the superintendents
of Littleton and Denver school systems and Richard Crandall, Colorado Commissioner
of Education. The delegation also enjoyed a Q&A session with STEM students
at Cresthill Middle School where both students and delegates had the opportunity
to compare and contrast educational systems in the U.S. and China.
Members of the delegation frequently remarked on the level
of engagement of students in the SmartLab STEM programs. They were impressed by
the use of applied technology for project work, the degree of choice and personalization
of learning, and authentic assessment through eportfolios. Common observations
were that, though there is no equivalent program in China, Chinese students
would benefit greatly from similar opportunities.
Congratulations to Englewood High School SmartLab Students Davida Martinez and Josh Yohe!
Davida and Josh won first place in the School Photovoltaic Design Project Competition held at the 40th Annual IEEE Photovioltaic Specialists Conference. Their winning design was a solar-powered cooler that keeps food cool without ice - an innovative solution that's perfect for camping, hunting, boating, hiking and fishing. Great work Davida and Josh!
Congratulations to the Englewood High School SmartLab Hackathon team! This was Englewood's first year competing in the AT&T Aspire Mobile App Hackathon. They came away with 3rd place overall, and 1st place in Sphero app development. Englewood SmartLab Facilitator Bill Gilmore wrote this about the team's experience:
"We are all absolutely wiped out after 30 hours of intensive trial-by-fire coding fun, networking and team-building. We went into this absolutely cold with no real understanding of what to expect, and absolutely intimidated after the first two hours of the event. After getting over our initial shock and awe, everyone settled in and our students did themselves and the District proud!"
Here's the promotional video the team created for their Sphero app: