Intel Engineering Day 2016 at Sevilla West School
West School hosted 24 engineers from Intel on February 26. Classrooms
from grades 6, 7 & 8 were treated to a presentation by these Intel
volunteers on the varying projects engineers work on and the schooling,
learning, and teamwork involved in preparing for this career. Students
participated in an engineering design problem and winning teams from
each classroom got to participate in an egg drop contest. What an engaging and fun day! Intel has been participating in this Intel
Engineering Day at Alhambra schools for 19 years.
Design Squad 2015-16
grade Design Squad Clubs are in full swing in Alhambra. Students work
through the design process with a team to complete challenges such as
making a marble ride roller coaster that takes the longest time possible
to reach the bottom or building a machine that can kick a Ping-Pong
ball into a cup 12 inches away. The club sponsor and teams identify the
problem or need, brainstorm ideas, design, build, test and redesign.
Parents even help out on Parent Open House days!
Coding Club at Granada East!
and fifth grade science teachers Ms. Ferm and Ms. Tupas hold an
afterschool coding club for girls and boys every Friday at Granada East
School. There is so much interest that a 6, 7, and 8 grade coding club
is soon to come.
Preparing our students today for tomorrow's STEM fields.
2015 Alhambra STEM Showcase
Congratulations to Granada East’s Design Squad team of 4th
graders sponsored by Ms. Kimberly Ferm, as they took first place in the
STEM Showcase competition. The Granada East team successfully
engineered a device that transported “radioactive” golf balls from one
location to another within a given time frame. They were able to move
seven balls within the given minute of time. Andalucia Middle School
placed second with the movement of six balls, while Sevilla finished
third, moving five balls.
The STEM Showcase also serves as
the District’s Science Fair competition. We had projects displayed by
students in all of our schools. Our before and after-school STEM clubs
were also represented, along with some of our partners: Grand Canyon
University and the Science Foundation of Arizona.
Arizona Diamond Backs School Challenge
were recently notified by the Arizona Diamondbacks that we will receive
$5000.00 to support our STEM and Intervention initiatives, along with
1000 tickets to a Diamondbacks game. The Alhambra School District was
one of thirty-one selected school districts, out of 814 applicants, to
receive the 2013 D-backs School Challenge presented by University of
Phoenix. The $5000.00 will support student learning of the Engineering
Practices embedded within the Next Generation Science Standards through
the purchase and use of the Engineering Adventures curriculum developed
by the Museum of Science in Boston. Cross-curricular units, to be used
within our schools' intervention programs, with titles such as Hop to It
(Safe Removal of an Invasive Species) and Shake Things Up (Engineering
Earthquake Resistant Buildings) will allow our teachers to engage our
middle school students in critical-thinking and collaborative
experiences that will reinforce the Next Generation Science Standards’
Engineering Practices. Thanks to the Arizona Diamondbacks and to the
University of Phoenix for their support of our students' learning!
STEM Classroom Updates
Check out what’s happening at Cordova Middle and Granada East as our 8th grade
students engage in Science, Technology, Math, and Engineering classroom
experiences. Click on the STEM Newsletter Folder below for classroom