Thursday, February 21, 2013
Students from all area high schools and their parents are invited to Eagan High School to learn more about careers in science, technology, engineering and math.
Local students will get a chance to explore careers in science, technology, engineering and math during a STEM Career Fair on Feb. 26 at Eagan High School. The fair, sponsored by the EHS First Robotics Team, Thomson Reuters and International Office Technologies will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the student commons. The event is free and open to the public. Students in grades 9–12 from all area high schools and their parents are welcome to attend the career fair to learn more about careers in science, technology, engineering and math. Attendees will get a chance to visit with professionals, view 50-minute interactive presentations by Tech IT Out! MN and learn how to prepare for a STEM career. Click here for more information.
Thursday, January 24, 2013
The Mendota Heights school is unveiling its new 4,000-square-foot STEM Center today. The new wing of the school is part of a two-phase, $10.5 million construction project.
Convent of the Visitation is opening today a 4,000-square-foot space devoted to helping students excel in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The new wing is part of a two-phase, $10.5 million construction project and will include a classroom, a machine shop and an assembly area for the school's robotics team, according to the Pioneer Press. "There's been a lot of thought put into it, so we know it's going to be great," Kate Azar, a Convent junior, told the paper. The Pioneer Press has more: Azar and her coach Melissa Murray, a science teacher, hope the new lab space will encourage more girls to join the robotics team. Murray says the hands-on nature of the program is a great way to get students excited about science. "All …
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
The new building will house additional classrooms and should be completed during the 2013-14 school year.
Editor's note: The following is a press release from Convent of the Visitation. Convent of the Visitation School began construction on a new Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) building on September 27. The new wing of the existing school structure is part of an ambitious two-phase, $10.5 million construction project that will, in addition to the STEM building, result in a new school entrance and additional classrooms and study areas. The STEM center is slated for completion in spring 2013; the new entrance should be completed during the 2013-2014 school year. Through this project, Visitation will expand its facilities to include large and small engineering assembly areas, a machine shop, practice areas for its award-winning …
Sunday, February 26, 2012
Heritage Middle School students got an introduction to the high school's engineering software.
Heritage Middle School students got a field trip and a key chain tag last week to commemorate National Engineers Week (Feb. 19-25). This was no ordinary gift shop trinket, however. The sixth grade students actually created the key chains alongside students from Henry Sibley's Introduction to Engineering class using the high school's engineering lab design software. The designs could then be realized through the lab's three dimensional printer. The Introduction to Engineering class at Sibley is the first high school course in the Project Lead the Way curriculum. Other activities in the district for Engineers Week included speakers and building challenges.
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Educators and the STEM industries have high hopes for a new curriculum being introduced at Henry Sibley.
“Bright,” “Cheery” and “Alive” are not words usually used to describe a high school engineering class. But that was exactly the evaluation given by James Mecklenburg from the Minnesota State University in Mankato, who sat in on two periods of Henry Sibley High School’s Introduction to Engineering course two weeks ago. The Introduction to Engineering class at Sibley is the first high school course in the new “Project Lead the Way” curriculum, which is chock full of computers, gadgets, circuits, sensors, robots, and funky materials. “Sibley is on track to become a model program for Minnesota,” according to Mecklenburg, a project director who helps school districts across Minnesota with the nationally standardized curriculum. Sixty-five …
Monday, October 3, 2011
Henry Sibley High School Chemistry and Physics Demo Team puts on a science show at 3M headquarters.
The Henry Sibley High School Chemistry and Physics Demo Team pitted chemistry against physics Saturday and both came out winners. Giving the keynote presentation at 3M's Super Science Saturday at the 3M headquarters in Maplewood, the Sibley science team staged a friendly battle to convince an audience that whether you preferred physics or chemistry, both were pretty cool. The group's presentation was titled, "Which is Cooler, Chemistry or Physics?" and featured a dozen demonstrations of science made fun. "I think our students were impressive," said Peter Bohacek, a physical science teacher at Sibley and a demo team advisor. "I had many 3M'ers comment after the show how good they were." The event was sponsored by 3M and featured an open …
Friday, April 22, 2011
Students (and parents!) explore science and the natural world.
Pilot Knob Elementary School in Eagan is finishing up its first year as a science, technology engineering and math (STEM) magnet school. While Pilot Knob has had a science fair in past years, Thursday evening they hosted their first STEM Fair. In addition to a gym full of poster projects and experiment tables, staff and volunteers set up a room with animals such as guinea pigs and turtles, another room dedicated to engineering projects, and in the library, a "star bag" awaited shoeless entrants who received a tour of the stars displayed inside.
Friday, January 28, 2011
District 197's new magnet program coordinator, Marilynn Smith, sat down with Patch to answer questions about the school district's three new magnet schools.
The West St. Paul-Mendota Heights-Eagan School District received a $2.2 million federal grant last fall to develop three new magnet schools. Patch sat down for a Q&A session with Magnet Program Coordinator Marilynn Smith to learn more about the process underway. Mendota Heights Patch: Before this school year the district had a single magnet school, correct? Marilynn Smith: Prior to getting the grant there was one magnet school, Garlough Environmental Magnet School (in West St. Paul), and that school has been in place four years as a magnet school. They had a series of state grants to kind of get up and running. And the district itself learned quite a bit in that process about recruiting and developing a strong program and supporting …
Sunday, December 5, 2010
Students delivered message that science, technology, engineering and math are no longer optional skills in today's market.
Being nerdy is cool. That was the message 9-12th grade students of Convent of the Visitation School received on Friday's Women's Day, an all-day workshop focused on careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). These skills, which only a few decades ago were considered decidedly unfeminine, now can lead to more job opportunities, higher pay and career flexibility for the women who embrace them. For each Women's Day, which a student will participate in twice while attending the Catholic all-girls Upper School, there is a theme related to becoming a successful member of society. Past events have focused on citizenship and service. "We are given a gift from God and that is your ability to think and to imagine, and science is …
Friday, December 3, 2010
Science, technology, engineering and math showcased by alumnae.
Visitation School student Lauren Harper said she learned how useful technology could be while still pursuing a career in visual arts. Molly King, a sophomore interested in nursing, attended a workshop session led by a former alumna who now works in pediatrics, and a boisterous crowd of weather fans chanted keynote speaker Belinda Jensen's name while waiting for the KARE-11 meteorologist to take the stage. These are just a few of the experiences Visitation students had Dec. 3 during Women's Day, a one-day event that comes around every three years. For each Women's Day, which a student will participate in twice while attending 9-12 grade at the all-girls Catholic Upper School, there is a theme related to becoming a successful member of …