Students in the ACE mentor program will be designing a Fire Station this year and were treated to a detailed presentation from a local fireman.
So happy to meet our future VP and STEM students!
Thanks for coming out to learn more about our pathways. Feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns.
This year marks a huge transition as our veteran crew composed almost entirely of juniors and seniors hands off control to the new class. We continue to build on our strengths by adding more lifted elements, costuming our structures, and experimenting with gobos.
Our first year STEM students recently began brainstorming designs for their puzzle cubes. The wooden puzzle cube is always a class favorite. Students each get to design and build their own to take home. Many students hold on to these puzzles throughout their high school years remembering their early days in STEM fondly.
This week our senior STEM students brainstormed and researched a variety of health-related problems. After several rounds of voting and vetting, we've arrived at the final problems we aim to design solutions for. Included on this list are issues related to IV bags, knee replacements, and anxiety. More updates to come!
This Monday, our team got together to complete a variety of community service projects including children's benches for a church, a book display installation for our school's library, and decorated bags for Project Angel Heart.
VP STEM students were so grateful and excited for the opportunity to tour our building's expansion. The folks at the work site let us into their office, explained how the building's complex systems are modeled on their computers, and gave us a tour of the construction site.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This week our 4th year STEM students research prior solution attempts at their chosen problems for this semester. Using this information, expert feedback, and academic research they've developed a list of design specs for their products. They will present their project proposals to school leadership and pathway teachers on September 1st for approval.
This month our students will continue to build their technical sketching and drafting skills. Sketching will allow students to quickly and effectively generate ideas during brainstorming and communicate their design ideas with others.
With the school play scheduled for the end of October, our technical theater students have begun in earnest to design and construct the set for Antigone. This year's play is set in ancient Greece challenging students to re-create architecture from that time period while also considering cost, available tools and materials, and the needs of the story.
Petty Officer 3rd Class Seth McComber, a 2014 Vista Peak High School graduate and Aurora, Colorado native is serving as missile technician in the U.S. Navy as part of a crew working aboard one of the world’s most advanced ballistic missile submarines, the USS Henry M. Jackson. A Navy missile technician is responsible for the operation and maintenance of advanced electronic equipment used in submarine strategic weapons systems.
Third year STEM students work through countless calculations as we continue to develop fundamental electronics knowledge.
Multisim is a circuit electronics simulation environment used in universities and industry. VP students learn how to utilize this tool as part of our 3rd year course. Multisim allows students to test their analog and digital circuit designs before they construct them.
Last week, our 4th year students began brainstorming everyday problems they might design solutions to. From traffic accidents to waking up on time in the morning, our ideas were very diverse. This week, each group will choose one problem to pursue and attempt to solve by Thanksgiving. Where will the design process take us this year?