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STEM Research/Development


Jacqulyne Hardiesty, Director of STEM
Research and Development

Welcome to the Alhambra School District's STEM Webpage!

The Alhambra School District is committed to ensuring that our students are prepared for college and career readiness in areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, Math. We have put dynamic curricular programs into place that provide all students with a strong foundation in STEM.

Across our campuses you will see teachers and students engaged in FOSS and SEPUP curricular kits along with active participation in Engineering is Elementary, Design Squad, FIRST Lego Robotics, and MESA enrichment activities.

District Academic Coaches are also found supporting our teachers with planning quality lessons, providing rigorous and engaging instruction, and reinforcing critical thinking and problem solving skills with students.

The Alhambra School District also actively pursues partnerships and support from our community that promote a spirit of collaboration in preparing our students for their futures.

STEM Happenings

Intel Engineering Day 2016 at Sevilla West School

imgimgimgimgSevilla 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

imgimgFourth 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!

imgimgFourth 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

imgimgCongratulations 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

imgWe 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

imgCheck 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 highlights. 

STEM on the WEB