On Friday, June 10, Hans Kuschnerus met with Colorado Mountain College Trustee Dick Bateman, to familiarize the CMC leadership with our Summit STEM program, with an eye on future partnership. No specific collaborations were suggested at this time.

Dick had already researched STEM efforts in the US, and explained how this nationwide collage of STEM initiatives is being driven out of Washington, DC. He suggested several contacts in CMC who he thought would be the best front-line people for us to work with. He also familiarized Hans with the Breckenridge facility and described several existing programs and initiatives that are STEM oriented, including:
  • CMC has the most advanced interactive video facilities in Colorado (in most of their class rooms) 
  • A CMC - School District - CU partnership to offer (at present 80) middle & high schoolers a college-prep curriculum roadmap
  • CMC's plans to expand to selected 4-year degree programs
  • The need for more Science & Technology  laboratory equipment
  • Consideration of a pre-engineering curriculum
Since Summit STEM is in the process of forming a partnership with the School District, we implicitly will also be forming a partnership with CMC. Specifics will have to be worked out.
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Summit STEM: Our  Mission
Enhancing Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) educational opportunities for Summit County’s students, teachers, and families.

Summit STEM Programmatic  Possibilities
- Complete an analysis of possible gaps in Summit School District’s current STEM curriculum. 
- Research teacher’s and student’s STEM curriculum and support needs and design programs to fit the needs.
- Obtain and implement STEM classroom kits (including teacher training and/or co-teachers for support) for all levels tailored to fit current district needs and curriculum.
 - Initiate new before and after school programs (introduce Lego FIRST) and enhance existing programs with STEM resources.

See the first year program goals here: http://www.summitstem.org/programs.html.
Summit Education Foundation Partnership
The Summit Education Foundation agreed to partner with Summit STEM to obtain seed money and develop STEM. Our first joint project is a grant proposal for The Summit Foundation Special Initiatives Fund, due June 1, which would bring $150,000 over 3 years. We’ll know if we won the grant on October 1.    
CSU Collaboration
CSU STEM (http://stem.colostate.edu/) has agreed to partner with Summit STEM by providing curriculum design assistance, measurable outcomes assessment, and their years of expertise in developing STEM resources in public schools. See the full blog update here:  http://www.summitstem.org/blog-and-events.html.
Volunteer Teams to be Organized in Late June.
Thanks to everyone who has volunteered to help Summit STEM become a reality. In late June, we’ll be contacting you and organizing teams that fit with your interests and skills.


Summit STEM Advancement Team
Summit County STEM Advancement Team
PO Box 5475 Frisco, Colorado 80443
(970) 376-5437

Huge Kudos to the crew at SEF!
Here is a copy of their newsletter describing impressive Achievements and Goals.

First Year Accomplishments / Funds Raised

 - Initial Launch / Back-to-School Funding for Teachers, over $38,000
- Support for 3B Mill Levy Campaign, over $2,000,000 annually
- Online Access for Everyday Math, $14,136
- Net income from Spelling Bee / MINI Cooper, over $57,000

In our first full year of existence, we've raised over $100,000 in funding for our schools, and the momentum is only  increasing!
$10,000 Innovative Projects Fund
SEF is proud to announce the availability of a $10,000 Innovative Projects Fund made possible by the F3 Foundation, led by the Finkel Family. Funding is available for projects between $500 and $2,500 that demonstrate academic enrichment, innovation, & creativity, and can benefit a classroom, whole grade, or the entire school. We are accepting applications through 9/16/11 and  will announce grants on 10/14/11 for projects to be funded during the 2011-2012 school year. More details can be found on our website at sefcolorado.org/innovativeprojects.pdf.

STEM Partnership - Science / Technology / Engineering / Mathematics
In partnership with the Summit School District & CSU, we are working to bring Colorado State University's newly-created "CSU STEM Department" to Summit Schools, providing exciting opportunities for our students, teachers, and families. "Summit STEM" has recently formed to organize this effort, seeking the Summit Foundation's upcoming Innovations Grant of up to $150,000 over the next three years. You can read more and get involved at www.summitstem.org.

Thanks for your continued support, and have a great summer! 
Chris Renner
Summit Education Foundation


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!

Website at: www.stem.colostate.edu/
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.
An anchor of science education in Summit County is the Keystone Science School. We marvel at what they can do and are hoping to partner with them.

Today, STEM Advancement Team members enjoyed an engaging conversation with Chris RennerSummit 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!