Brad and Kathryn met with Tom Siller (associate dean of Engineering and newly appointed STEM Director) at CSU this past Monday and we all see a very valuable relationship evolving. Our ideas meshed perfectly and the drive to help each other from both parties was immediately apparent. Tom (and CSU) is making visionary steps to implement a huge CSU STEM initiative and we can help them get there. In return we get assistance with curriculum design, measurable outcomes assessment and expertise. Organizations such as NASA, NSF and more are adding a presense at CSU to make this happen. The Summit School district made a huge leap today towards advancing STEM learning!
Hans met with Jim Aiken, President& CEO and Andy Robertson, Chief Technology Officer, on Monday to explain the aim and status of our SUMMIT STEM initiative. They would like to be invited to one of our meetings, and might want to become involved. At present, they offer two $1500 scholarships to the technically most promising high school students in Summit. They offered several ideas on how to 'develop a draw' for students to take more interest in the sciences. Exciting STEM programs, inspired teaching models, student field trips, meeting with the scientists who come here for conferences, having lunch with Nobel Laureates, as well as attending some of their sessions. We were of one mind about the need to accelerate STEM education, a challenging goal with funding cuts, too much science education being boring and not enough role models to inspire young people to tackle the rigors of STEM. Keystone Symposia would make an excellent partner in our program.
Today, STEM Advancement Team members enjoyed an engaging conversation with Chris Renner, Summit Education Foundation's dynamic founder and Kelly Sanders, the powerhouse organizer of the "Big Buzz Off", SEF's inaugural fundraiser. The Chris and Kelly team...plus all the other SEF Board and volunteers, pulled off a "fairytale fundraiser" and brought in over $40K for Summit School district technology purchases! Nice work!!
The reason for the conversation??? STEM Advancement team members see SEF as an ideal partner to create a winning
proposal for funding from The Summit Foundation (TSF) our local community foundation. TSF is offering $150K over three years to "an innovative project" which can make a difference for a broad spectrum of the community. What fits the bill better than creating STEM educational opportunities for all students and teachers in our community?
Summit STEM keeps the conversations going with Summit County's 4H, a branch of the excellent CSU Extension services our county is lucky to have!! Kathie Kralik is working her magic to develop this summer's 4H offerings. 4H nationally is pursuing
STEM-rich programs...local Summit kids are seeing the benefits in the shooting sports
and rocketry programs...More connections to physics, engineering, technology,
and mathematics....Summit STEM likes 4H's drive to engage local youth in
powerful hands-on experiences! The Advancement Team aspires to partner with 4H
for many years to come!
We are communicating and planning a visit to Colorado State University to investigate their newly formed COLO-Stem program. Several of our advancement team attended CSU and their professors of the past are an active part of this movement at CSU!