Posts Tagged ‘Roseville’

Sacramento Common Core Math Workshops

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

Teachers at Hands-on Math Workshop Sierra College STEM DSC01627The Sierra College Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Collaborative is offering a series of three workshops on implementing the Common Core standards of mathematical practice. To prepare teachers to meet the new Common Core mathematics requirements, participants will learn how to use hands-on activities to engage students and facilitate critical thinking.

Implementing the Standards of Mathematical Practice on Fridays March 14, April 4 and May 9, 2014 in Roseville CA. Sierra STEM Hands on Math Common Core March May 2014 Workshops Flyer


Talking Directly to Advanced Manufacturing Employees Inspires Students

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013
Del Oro High School Students Tour Progressive Technology

Del Oro High School Students Tour Progressive Technology

Students participating in tours of Sacramento manufacturers repeatedly reported that the direct interaction with technicians, engineers and staff had the most impact of them. Many said that it solidified their education and career plans. The tours were part of the National Manufacturing Day and organized by Sierra College Center for Applied Competitive Technologies (CACT) and the Sierra Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM) Collaborative.

An Oakmont High School student said, “It definitely made me more sure of my plans to pursue higher education for engineering and gave me a more clear idea what a future job might look like.”

Dan Frank, who teaches Engineering Support Technology at Rocklin High School, toured RobbJack in Lincoln, CA with his students. “As a result of the tour, my students seemed more committed to the program and can see themselves becoming technicians and engineers,” said Frank. “Students really connected to individual employees who talked to them about welding, organizing the shop using 7S or programming CNC machines to create prototypes.”

Teachers also say that the experiences are enriching their curriculum with applied academics and 21st Century Skills.

Learn more about the impact of high school STEM students touring local businesses as part of the National Manufacturers Day and how teachers are using the experience to help students refine their interest in Advanced Manufacturing careers as well as bringing real world applications into their classrooms by reading:  STEM Teachers See Impact of Manufacturing Day Tours Organized by Sierra College.

Find STEM classes at Roseville summer camp

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

The City of Roseville  Utility Exploration Center will offer classes this summer to introduce students to environmental subjects in a fun adventure setting. THe center is located at 1501 Pleasant Grove Blvd in Roseville, Ca 95747 and the phone number is (916)746-1553.

Radical Recyclers

Course #62702, $115 RSVL, $125 NONRSVL, M-F, June 17-21, 9am-12pm, 6-12 yrs old (1st – 6th grade), 25 max

One person’s trash is another person’s treasure! What will you find?! Don’t throw away that shampoo bottle, old t-shirt or empty toilet paper roll. Make it into something else, like a new scarf, a reusable gift box, or a cell phone holder! At this summer camp we’ll turn all kinds of things we often toss away into something useful and fun including making our own paper. We will also visit the Materials Recovery Facility where our trash gets sorted and recycled.

Disassemble it! Explore it! Rebuild it!

Course #62705, $115 RSVL, $125 NONRSVL, M-F, June 24-28, 9am-12pm, 12-18 yrs old (6th – 12th grade), 25 max

Ever wondered what’s inside a computer, cell phone or flat screen TV? Take apart some common household electronics to find out what they are made out of and what YOU can make from their parts. Using basic tools, participants will take apart electronics and use pieces to create their own working invention, an amplifier for listening to music on your I-pod or cell phone! We will explore science, mathematics, engineering and technology, and send campers off with a desire to want more!

WARNING – After camp, kids may want to keep taking things apart!

Energy Explorers

Course #62703, $115 RSVL, $125 NONRSVL, M-F, July 8-12, 9am-12pm, 6-12 yrs old (1st – 6th grade), 25 max

What exactly is energy? Have you ever seen it? Heard it? Touched it? Together we’ll discover some of the tools and gadgets that make energy come alive. We’ll travel the path of a power line, uncovering the mystery of how energy is generated by visiting the American River Water Education Center and Folsom Dam, and explore the magical journey it takes to get to our homes and schools. Join us for an electrifying week of fun and discovery!

Wild Child Outdoor Photo Camp

Course #63081, $115 RSVL, $125 nonRSVL, M-F, July 8-12, 1-3pm, 8-12 yr old, 15 max, 6 min.

Campers will learn to capture images using various manual settings on digital cameras provided by the instructor. Instruction includes composition, portraiture, macro (close-up), self-timer, lighting, depth of field and tips & tricks. Self-evaluation and critique are also explored. Shooting assignments will take place throughout Mahany Regional Park and within the Exploration Center. Photos can be viewed in an online gallery and select photos will be on public display in the Exploration Center through the end of August. Campers will receive their photographs at the conclusion of the show and a t-shirt declaring them a photographer and graduate of Wild Child Outdoor Photo Camp.

Water Warriors

Course #62704, $115 RSVL, $125 NONRSVL, M-F, July 15-19, 9am-12pm, 6-12 yrs old (1st – 6th grade), 25 max

Did you know that the Earth has the same amount of water today as it did 4 billion years ago? In fact, the water you drink today may have once been inside a glacier or even a dinosaur. Join us as we follow a drop of water from the sky, down a creek, through a treatment plant, then out a squirt gun! During this amazing summer camp, we will get dirty in our local creek, take a field trip to our [American River Water Education Center/wastewater treatment plant] to see how Roseville cleans our water and, of course, get wet along the way. Water – we can’t live without it!

Architecture Student Inspired by STEM Collaborative

Thursday, June 7th, 2012

When Peter Sushch signed up for Engineering Support Technology as a sophomore at Rocklin High School, it put him on a path that would focus his education and career plans. He benefited from the Engineering Support Technology (EST) course taught by Dan Frank of Rocklin High School. It whet his appetite for design and when Granite Bay High School’s Steve Dolan visited the EST class to describe the Architecture, Construction and Engineering ROP course, Sushch decided to enroll as a senior. As a result, Sushch is gaining work experience as an intern at Williams + Paddon (, a nationally recognized architectural firm based in Roseville, and is making plans to study architecture in college.

“I was always interested in design, art and architecture,” said Sushch. “In Mr. Frank’s class at Rocklin High School, I realized how much I enjoyed it as I got familiar with Autodesk 3D design software. In the Engineering Support Technology class, I completed projects that I eventually used to demonstrate my skills in the interview for the internship.’’

Sierra College Center for Applied Competitive Technologies (CACT) has been supporting the Rocklin High School Engineering Support Technology program for several years according to instructor Dan Frank. “The engineering lab was updated substantially this year through a sub-grant from the Sierra STEM Community Collaborative, managed by Sierra College CACT,” said Frank. “The funding was used to purchase and install new Computer Numerical Control (CNC) milling machines that cut materials in three dimensions as well as create a tool room modeled on industry standard practices.”

Encouraging educators and business leaders to work together to inspire students, provide technical education and prepare them for employment is the goal of the Sierra STEM Community Collaborative, explained Carol Pepper-Kittredge, Sierra College CACT Director. “Sierra College, through the Sierra STEM grant provided by California Community College Chancellor’s Office, supports college and high school programs to attract students to careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM),” said Pepper-Kittredge. “The Sierra STEM Collaborative updates equipment, provides professional development for instructors, coordinates teacher externships and encourages partnerships between schools and employers.”

Brian Whitmore, Associate Principle, Williams + Paddon, is familiar with Frank’s program. “I am very impressed with what Sierra STEM and Rocklin High School have done for Peter’s skill set,” said Whitmore. “It was clear to us after seeing Peter’s portfolio that these programs offer a robust design experience that fits seamlessly with the same computer programs and skills we use here at Williams + Paddon on a daily basis.”

According to Sushch, the ROP course gave him the skills that helped land the internship. “We learned how to make an appropriate resume, how to put together a portfolio, and what to wear to an interview,” said Sushch. “Mr. Dolan helped me prepare to answer questions about my experience and advised me on what questions to ask during an interview.”

Steve Dolan explained that the Architecture, Construction and Engineering ROP program at Granite Bay High School prepares students from several area high schools to go into architecture, the trades or construction management. Through his relationships with employers, Dolan places students in internships where they can gage their interest in pursuing further training to succeed in the building industry.

“I’ve been working with Williams + Paddon since 2000,” said Dolan. “The experience provided by Williams + Paddon lights a fire that motivates students to go into careers in architecture. I saw that Peter was ready to get serious and knew he had excellent design skills so I recommended that he interview for an internship.”

Whitmore explained that Williams + Paddon is committed to exposing students to the field of architecture. “Our interest is primarily in ensuring that the future of our career remains intriguing,” said Whitmore. “We believe that by offering students an opportunity to engage with what we do, we often make a positive impression that keeps that student on that career path and eventually makes a strong addition to our industry.”

According to Whitmore, “Peter works in Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) programs to make changes requested by our quality assurance staff and uses SketchUp, a 3D modeling program, to develop base models for project designs. Peter’s work ethic and strong skills have made him an integral part of our team.”

Sushch says that he is grateful for the internship experience. “The people are great,” said Sushch. “They know my skill level so they will rarely give me something that is too difficult for me to accomplish. I like the variety of the work and they taught me many new skills, revealing the full potential of the design programs. I am very grateful for the opportunity Williams + Paddon gave me to see how work is done, and design is applied, in the real world.”

Peter plans on attending Cosumnes River College, a California Community College, to complete a two year architecture program and then transferring to Cal Poly or California College of the Arts to complete his degree in architecture. “The experience at Williams + Paddon has definitely strengthened my desire to pursue architecture as my career,” said Sushch.

Learn about the Sierra STEM Community Collaborative at or contact Carol Pepper-Kittredge, Director, Center for Applied Competitive Technologies, Sierra College, at or (916) 660-7801.

Roseville Geometry & Construction builds in Math

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

Roseville High School teachers, Tyson Maytanes (Geometry) and Jeff Bailey (Industrial Technology), are co-teaching Geometry and Construction in an applied mathematics course where students learn practical application of math while building a house. The program was featured in the Roseville Press Tribune on 2-15-2012, Roseville High School students learn math by building a house — Geometry in Construction class teaches math concepts applied in real world.

The Sierra College STEM Collaborative has provided support to this applied mathematics project.

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South Placer Robotics Club seeks sponsors

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

South Placer Robotics Club Sponsor Flier Since 2000, the South Placer Robotics Club has provided high school students with a hands-on learning experience building a robot for the FIRST competition. Students often say that participation encouraged them to consider Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Careers. Businesses can contribute by going to the web site and getting more information on the sponsor page