Getting the third LED light to blink on was becoming a significant headache.
Claudia Vargas and her classmates in the general science class at Endeavor Academy were building a light system using an Arduino USB Board, a programmable circuit board/microcontroller. By entering code into the board via a computer, Vargas' group had successfully programmed two of three lights to come on, but the third was being stubborn.
How would you answer the question: “How do people in different groups and communities interact with each other and with the environment?”
That complex query was given to a class of first-graders at Homestead Elementary earlier this year. You might think six- and seven-year-olds would find that kind of question a little intimidating. But to the contrary, they found it inspiring.
Walking into Smoky Hill High School on Oct. 13 was like walking into another world. A world filled with strange and wonderful creatures; an elaborately decorated Indian elephant, a variety of dragons and dinosaurs, an elegant eel-like creature that could have been a cousin of the Loch Ness Monster.
There were equally amazing machines; a tank with a working turret and catapult, a grand piano with a computerized keyboard, a telephone booth straight out of Victorian London, except for the high tech smartphone keypad.
Gabe Schneider has amassed an impressive store of cardboard.
The sixth-grader from Liberty Middle School sees the material as a key to creativity, raw material that can result in inspired expressions of creativity and engineering. In Schneider's eyes, discarded boxes and packing material are building blocks for massive sculptures and painstakingly detailed models.
"I call myself the 'Cardboard Nerd.' I have a huge box just about the size of my mom's car full of cardboard in the garage," Schneider said. "She won't allow me to collect anymore. She says I have too much."
Emily Stout had an important message for a group of third-graders at Holly Hills Elementary School.
The students were working on making their own audiobooks, digital versions of published works that would be available to schoolmates in kindergarten and first grade at Holly Ridge Primary School. The third-graders recorded the text in their own voice, they selected photos and musical snippets. They even chose sound effects to accompany key parts of the stories.
These three high school seniors couldn't stop smiling.
As hundreds gathered at the Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center for the Cherry Creek Schools Foundation's Invest In Success Gala on March 24, Overland High School students James Artis and Rashib Basnet stood with Jireh Pulley from Grandview. The trio's shared elation stood out among the crowd and together, they seemed to spread a positive attitude simply through their presence.
Learning doesn't stop with a diploma or a graduation ceremony.
Education is a lifelong process, and no one knows that better than teachers. Melinda Laz, an art teacher at Sagebrush Elementary School, is a case in point. Laz spends her days educating students about the power of creativity and personal expression, but she's also passionate about deepening her own knowledge of her chosen field.