BEST Robotics Competition Only Weeks Away!

In BEST Robotics (Boosting Engineering, Science, and Technology), students are given 6 weeks to build a robot and prepare for competition. This year's competition is called Current Events, and challenges students to consider how they might use technology and robotics to stop the impact of pollution and climate change on the ocean and our planet. Teams have been working hard to prepare a robot for this ocean-themed challenge, an exhibit, marketing, and outreach. We are so excited to cheer them on in just a few short weeks! Please consider joining us at the competition! The event is a lot of fun!

Saturday, October 20th
10:00am to 4:00pm
Englewood High School
Denver StartUp Week

On Friday, September 28th, members of our LaunchX Club attended Denver StartUp Week, sponsored by Junior Achievement.  Students were guided by local entrepreneurs through a few of Denver Startup Week's most popular sessions and attended special sessions designed just for them. 
The Business of Baseball

Students in our FBLA Club participated in the Colorado Rockies "Business of Baseball" day last week, where they enjoyed a presentation from members of the Rockies front office and different departments, and learned what it takes to run a professional sports organization!
Unity Day - October 24th
Unity Day 2016 Poster

Join our Allies in Diversity club on Wednesday, October 24th for nationwide Unity Day! Wear Orange in support of Bullying Pr evention, and help us spread kindness, acceptance, and inclusion!
TSA and Relay for Life

Shout out to STEM TSA for participating in the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life this weekend. With the help of their fellow students and money raised through a school hat day, the team surpassed (and nearly doubled) its fundraising goal of $1,000.
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MS/HS Speech and Debate 

Last Friday was an informational meeting for a new middle and high school Speech and Debate club. The next meeting was originally scheduled for tomorrow, Wed Oct 3rd, but is being pushed back to Friday, October 19th in room E137. Anyone who is interested may attend. 

The Agenda for the first official meeting will be choosing club officers at both the middle and high school level, and outlining upcoming debate tournaments. To prepare for this first official meeting, students wanting to be a leader should come ready to present a short speech on your leadership. 
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Elementary Craft Club

Join us for a new year of Craft Club! In this club, students will make and take home a new craft each week. Click HERE to sign up.
K-12 Fencing

Our second session of Fencing will begin after Fall Break! Missed out on the first session? It's not too late! Fencing is a fantastic mental and physical sport that teaches competition, respect, and self-discipline in a safe and fun environment!  Click HERE  to register.
MS - Boys Basketball Interest 

We are hoping to put together several teams through HRCA, as we have the past couple of years. Practices and games would be held off-site. The boys season will run from January to March 2019. Click HERE to register your interest.
Elementary - Canvas in the Classroom, October 18th

Please join us after school on Thursday, October 18th for our next Canvas in the Classroom event! Students will paint and design a Sugar Skull! Click HERE to learn more and sign up!
Be sure to check out all Enrichment offerings HERE!
Eric Boen - BEST Robotics

Eric jumped in with BEST Robotics last Fall as a coach for our middle school team. His background is in technology, so he felt working with students on robotics was a natural fit. Eric's son Ethan is a 7th grader at STEM.

In BEST, Eric's role (alongside co-coach Tom Fischer) is to guide the team of middle schoolers through the season challenge, a tight six-week build, and prepare them for the competition later this month. "My favorite part of being a coach is watching the students ideate novel solutions to problems. It is also fulfilling to see leaders emerge from the group; these young leaders mentor others and help to build a stronger more cohesive team," he says.

Outside of STEM, Eric works as the Director of Technology at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. In his role, Eric leads a team to develop software and engaging interactive exhibits alongside the mission of the museum. In his free time, Eric enjoys camping and dirt biking with his family. Thank you for your time and dedication to the team, Eric!

To get involved with BEST Robotics or volunteering at STEM, please contact Sara.Phelps@stemk12.org.
Zumba Instructor Needed!

We have some interest in starting a Zumba Dance program. If you or anyone you know is a Zumba instructor and is interested in teaching students, please contact Sara.Phelps@stemk12.org!
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