The Foundation has been instrumental in funding robotics programs across the district in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).

Endeavor Circuitboard Project Opens Up World of STEM for Students

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.

CCSF Gala Celebrates Impact, Innovation and Opportunity for All Students

Lauren Noble can't remember a time when she didn't want to be a teacher.

Homestead students build planned communities

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.

Trails West Art Projects Celebrate Culture, History

The halls of Trails West Elementary School regularly transform into exotic locales, sites that host mythical monsters and fantastic imagery from faraway places.

Second Annual STEAM-A-Palooza Event Draws Thousands

The celebration of science, art and creativity that took place at Grandview High School on Nov. 12 had the feel of a long-established tradition.

4th Annual Cardboard Challenge a stunning display of creativity

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.

Liberty MS Art Club Preps for 2016 Cardboard Challenge

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."

Reading and STEM Skills Combine for Audiobooks Project at the Hollys

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.

3-D Printer Brings STEM Lessons to Life for Heritage Fourth-Graders

Students in Mike Elliott's fourth-grade math class at Heritage Elementary School have tackled an ambitious list of class projects over the past seven months.

They've designed basketball trophies and personalized plastic bus passes; they've put together plans for individualized stationary holders for every teacher in the building. All of this work required precise calculations and mathematical formulas. The process pushed the fourth-graders think in three dimensions to effectively envision three-dimensional objects.

Model Airplane Flights Offer Arrowhead Students Valuable STEM Lessons

It was easy to pick out a distinct group among the hundreds of Arrowhead Elementary students gathered outside of the school on May 9.


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