ACE Program Mentors Visit VP

Kim Bailey and Chris Slaughter from the ACE Mentor Program visited VPSTEM today to share details about their program.  This year's design program will involve the design of a Fire Station!  Kim and Chris also spoke of the many scholarship, award, and showcasing opportunities available to students who participate.  After the presentation students were challenged to work as a team to design a newspaper tower.

ACE Mentor Program and VP Student Featured on 9NEWS

VP STEM student, Cole Dorman, was recently featured on Colorado and Company and asked about his experience with the ACE Mentor Program.  Check out the link below.

The "ACE Mentor Program" provides direction and guidance to high school students interested in the fields of architecture, construction and engineering. Enrollment is going on now for the spring semester and mentors opportunities are available. Contact "ACE Mentor Program of Colorado" at

Dragster Design Project

This week our first year students begin their first major design project as they begin design work on a CO2-powered Dragster.

Armed with a month's worth of sketching instruction and practice, each student will generate concept sketches for a CO2 Dragster and then construct 3D Isometric sketches.  Their isometric sketches will give a realistic preview of their final dragster design.  

The last step will be to produce working drawings that can be later transferred to a wood blank.  This drawing technique is called Multi-view sketching and will continue to be very important to our students in their design projects.

Dragsters will be 3D modeled and refined over the course of the semester.  Construction and testing will take place in the spring ending with races during the First Annual VP STEM Fair.

APS Bond Question Set for November

If approved by voters in November, the bond would fund building and technology improvement at every school in the district.  The cost to taxpayers would be $1.93 per month for every $100,000 of home value.  The plans include a $20,132,000 investment in Vista PEAK Preparatory's infrastructure which among many additions and improvements would give the STEM Pathway a new home in the proposed wing which will include a prototyping room, workshop, computer lab, and classroom.