It was a night of family fun, investigation and discovery as Rolling Hills Elementary hosted its first annual STEM Education Night on May 29. STEM, which stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, is a critical area for students and society, because 70% of all existing jobs have a technical component and 90% of all future jobs will require technological knowledge. In addition, careers in STEM fields are the fastest-growing and highest-paying positions in the 21st century global economy.
Rolling Hills staff, students and families explored STEM education and STEM careers through special presentations and hands-on activities. They got to talk with representatives of a dozen STEM-focused businesses and organizations, including:
• Namaste Solar
• RK Mechanical
• Colorado Blood Cancer Institute
• Newmont Mining
• Boulder ES www.boulderes.com
• RGS Energy www.rgsenergy.com
• OZ Architecture
• Len Scrogan (CU Boulder 3D Technologies)
• Dr. Doyle (optometrist)
• OHS and EHS Robotics Teams
• Spark Fun
• Colorado Educator Initiative (formally Legacy Foundation)
Fifth grade teacher Adrian Neibauer, who helped organize the event, said more than 200 Rolling Hills families participated, making the inaugural event a huge success.
“As I walked around, I saw parents and teachers engaging with students about real-world problems and how Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics are integrated into solving these problems,” said Neibauer. “ I think Rolling Hills was successful in spotlighting the importance of STEM and how these areas are used in multiple career fields. Our students, parents and staff left the evening excited about the next school year’s possibilities!”
Neibauer says next year’s event promises to be even more exciting, as Rolling Hills continues to follow the Cherry Creek Schools STEM mission, which is “To inspire students to be creative, critical thinkers and collaborative learners to successfully compete for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics careers in the global workforce.”
For more information about STEM Education in Cherry Creek Schools, visit http://www.cherrycreekschools.org/STEM/Pages/default.aspx.
Posted June 3, 2014.