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Colfax Student Movies Highlight Sierra STEM Impact

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

Colfax High School students who benefited from the freshmen Tech Essentials course supported by Sierra College STEM, recently made these STEM interview movies as sophomores. Thanks to Wade Wolff who guided these students in producing this project. The interviews with teachers, counselors and the principal describe the impact that the Sierra STEM Collaborative has had at Colfax High School. Click the links below to see the four movies on the Colfax You Tube ColfaxMultimedia Channel.

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Tech Essentials Team – The Colfax High School Tech Essentials teaching team talks about the positive impact the Sierra STEM Collaborative partnership. The support made it possible to create a Tech Essentials program and curriculum for freshmen. That model is now being used through the Placer Union High School District.

 

Principal – Principal Rick Spears talks about the Sierra College STEM Collaborative and the CTE program at Colfax High. Teachers have benefited from collaboration time, professional development and cutting edge tools. As a result, all Colfax students are being exposed to STEM Curriculum and opportunities after high school.

Career College Counselor – Career College counselor Bobbi Jo Forsyth talks about how the Career Cruising program, supplied by Sierra College STEM Collaborative, is helping her do her job at Colfax High School and attract students, especially girls, to Science, Technology, Engineering & Math.

Counselor – Counselor Rachel Dalton talks about using the Career Cruising program at Colfax High School. Students start using it as freshmen and can use it throughout high school to explore careers, discover their interests, research colleges and make career plans.

The students who made these movies gained valuable skills from the Tech Essentials course that all freshmen take at Colfax High School to learn applied academics. The course taught them to teamwork, project management and documentation as well as provided an introduction to Career Technical Education courses covering engineering, metal fabrication, woodworking, electronics, multi-media and photography. Sierra STEM provides support to the teacher team that created this Tech Essentials course and has supplied equipment to bring the design and innovation labs up to date.


Colfax Project Amplifies Interest in STEM Careers

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

Colfax students display their team's amplifiers in Tech Essentials for Freshmen

Christian Kinsey, Terry O’Keefe and Wade Wolff, Colfax High School Tech Essentials Instructors, developed a new student project this year – an amplifier –that appeals to both boys and girls. The Freshmen Design Tech students can easily plug in their ipods in to the amplifier and listen to music.

The amplifier was designed in 3D software and made with hand tools, a vacuum former and a soldering iron. Students then customized the design of their ‘skin’ using design software and a vinyl printer/cutter.

Students also used Career Cruising to assess their interests, and researched two colleges where they might apply to pursue education after high school. For instance, they might be intersted in Welding, Mechatronics, Engineering, Energy Technology or Drafting & Engineering Support at Sierra College. The Sierra College STEM Collaborative grant provided access to Career Cruising and some of the design and fabrication tools. In addition, the students took the Kiersey Temperament test to discover their personality strengths and challenges, and learning style preferences.

Students also developed their own digital portfolios, which will follow them after they graduate.Working in teams, students developed a marketing video and branding materials, and prepared a seven-minute presentation that was delivered three times to ‘judges’ attending the event on Friday, December 21. Students used digital technology (the ipad) to demonstrate their portfolios which include their four-year plans, examples of their coursework, resumes, and the amplifier fabrication process. Judges filled out a plus/delta evaluation following each team presentation, and voted on overall best table design, best video and best ‘skin’ design.

The team presentations were really outstanding! All of the ninth grade students were excited – and proud – of their projects,” said Carol Pepper-Kittredge, Director, Center for Applied Competitive Technologies, Sierra College and one of the community judges who listened to the students’ presentations. Colfax students display their team’s amplifiers in Tech Essentials for Freshmen