Free Elementary STEM Summer Camp

Registration is open for two summer Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Camps targeting outgoing 4th & 5th graders. The STEM camps are being sponsored by the Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Foundation to increase our youth’s interest in STEM careers and it is free! Camps are located at Dillon Valley Elementary. Pre-registration is due Friday (6/1) to help insure
  acceptance into the camp. Dr. Topper will lead the STEM programs with a focus on engineering (rockets and building programmable models, such as drumming monkeys, soccer players & dancing birds!!). 

Dates  & Times
June 18 – 21, open to all 4th/5th graders
June 25 – 28, girls camp (4th/5th grade)
Both camps run 1:00 – 5:00 pm. 

Registration forms are available at Dillon Valley Elementary or contact Dr. Topper to insure a spot at 368-1020. 
What: Science Celebration Night

When: 5:30-7:30 p.m., April 27

Where: Dillon Valley Elementary

Purpose: On Friday night, Dillon Valley Elementary students are hosting a science celebration night to raise money for the DVE Science and Math Learning Center, teach younger children, and of course, to celebrate.

Registration fee: $10 for students. Pre-registration forms are available at DVE.

Sponsorships: DVE requests community sponsorships for the celebration night. All sponsorships will be thanked in a variety of ways, including a permanent name display at the school, and a tour of the school to see the center in action. If your organization wants to provide a sponsorship, please contact Karl Topper at (970) 368-1020 or

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The Big Buzz Off: A Spelling Bee with a twist!

SummitSTEM has a team for this event .... We need cheat sponsors!

 Do you know anyone who can pitch in $100 for us to cheat?  
You can help us fundraise for technology for Summit School District.  We will be on the SummitSTEM Team at the Summit Education Foundation Spelling Bee with a twist!   

The Big Buzz Off – SEF’s 2nd Annual Adult Spelling Bee on April 28th at 6pm at the Riverwalk
Pavillion in Breckenridge, Colorado.

SummitSTEM has a team, and you can help us cheat!!  Help SummitSTEM now by contributing to our cheating pool BUT make sure you click on the + sign next to Name of Business or Team and let us know who you are supporting.

Click here to CHEAT! go to PayPal to CHEAT! 
Make sure you click on the + sign next to Name of Business and put Summit  STEM as the team you are supporting! 

We would love to have some fans in the audience… $10 before event, $15 at door.  Includes dinner! Cash bar available. if you know of a group that wants to buy a whole table…$250 includes 8 tickets.   Click here to buy TICKETS!

STEMaster Q&A with Kathie Kralik, Summit County 4-H Program Manager

When: Febuary 15 at 5:30pm
Where: Frisco County Commons
Summit Daily News Article from Thursday, Febuary 2nd

STEM after-school program accepting adult and high school volunteers Teenage volunteers are now being recruited for Summit County's new after-school science, technology, engineering and math program, which will be the first of its kind in the state.

The 4-H STEMasters program will take place for elementary students at each school after the regular day is over. Children will have the opportunity to participate in four different focuses, which could grow in the future: robotics, energy, environment and science 101.

At first, the thought was the program could expand to Summit High School at some point, but now, Summit County 4-H youth development manager Kathie Kralik said they decided it would be fun to let high schoolers get involved by making them junior leaders. The kids will train and then teach alongside adult volunteers.

Kralik said that so far there are close to 50 adult volunteers showing interest in the program, but they are still looking for more — both adult and junior leaders. The time commitment depends on “what the individuals are able to give back,” Kralik said.

CSU's four regional and state STEM specialists, along with state youth development specialists will train those interested; Teachers can earn graduate credit or CEUs. The cost to take the two-day training is $50, which includes the 4-H curriculum, training materials, refreshments and lunch.

Trainings are March 9 at the Summit County Community and Senior Center and March 10 at Summit Middle School. Registration information is available online at For more information, contact Kathie Kralik at (970) 668-4142 or email her at
STEMaster Training and Elementary After School Programs

Summit elementary schools have a fantastic opportunity to provide STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) after school programs with help from Colorado State University (CSU). CSU has asked Summit School District to pilot a new State 4-H STEMasters program. CSU is providing all the materials, curriculum and training for the following after school programs:

  • Robotics
    (computer program Lego robots and team competition)

  • Energy
    (wind, solar, bio-fuels, electricity)

  • Environment (forestry, gardening, geology,

  • Science
    101 (Pre-K thru 5th grade - physical, earth and life)
We are recruiting 3-5 volunteers and teachers to help us offer an after school program at each school. No science background needed. 
CSU STEMasters Training

Friday, March 9,
Senior/Community Center, 6-10pm and

Saturday, March 10,
Summit Middle School, 8-5pm

Registration – Due Monday, February 27
All forms (registration, 4-H leader application)

and the e-Learning Course (1 hour) are found here:  
Completing these requirements before the STEMaster Training enables us to start working in our “4-H volunteer teams” at your preferred school as soon as possible. 
Please contact Kathie Kralik with any questions.

Summit STEM Update, September 2011
Summit STEM Projects for All District Schools 

Summit STEM submitted a grant request for weather stations for the elementary
schools (except Frisco which has one in the works), robotics kits and training,
materials for the DVE STEM center, and iPad applications for SMS and SHS.

 With this small, initial investment in project support, we can leverage
technical assistance, evaluation and further funding support through the CSU
STEM center. CSU STEM will potentially include Summit STEM into a National
Science Foundation grant proposal. This could bring additional, much larger
funds into Summit STEM.

 Robotics Club at 4-H

 4-H began its robotics class on September 13, but it’s not too late to enroll
your kids. Meetings are every other Tuesday at 5:30 at Frisco County Commons and
it's open to new and returning members.  If you are interested send an
email to Kathie Kralik:

a fantastic opportunity to facilitate robotics classes at 4-H.
Training is Saturday, Oct. 1. Contact Kathie Kralik:

Valley STEM Center is Open

 Summit STEM officially opened its pilot STEM center in Dillon Valley
Elementary (DVE) on August 22. The Center is for all 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders. 
Other Ways to Help Summit STEM

 ·         Please donate by mailing a
check to Summit Education Foundation and note it as STEM donation. Mail to:
Summit Education Foundation, Post Office Box 1390, Breckenridge, CO 80424.

 ·         “Like” us on Facebook:

 Thank you for your support,

 Summit STEM Advancement Team
Colorado State University is slated to do a school district visit on October 3rd to assess how they can best assist SSD initiatives towards infusing STEM opportunities at all grade levels. More details to come... but very exciting culmination of efforts by our dedicated team.
Colorado State University has posted up several videos showing examples of their work in several regional school districts.

YouTube video here:

This is a nice ten minute video that covers what a STEM curriculum looks like and how it is obviously different than a standard classroom environment. It also demonstrates the key connection of a strong university supporting and guiding local school disticts to accomplish STEM initiatives. You will learn much in this presentation. Enjoy!
Last night our team attended a school board meeting and got the chance to formally present the direction and desires to help the school district. Kathryn presented while we all sat in attendence to field any other questions and show support for our STEM initiatives. School board members astutely asked several questions and we all agreed that STEM concepts needed to be explored to serve the students best. A couple details surfaced repeatedly:

1) How to make this a financially sustainable venture for the school district over many years.
2) Adding to the plates of teaching staff in addition to current duties would not be feasible.
3) Board members embraced our vision to reach out to ALL students in the district.

Connecting with the School Board for the first time was exciting. We finished the evening even more motivated and inspired to help our community.