Longmont Leader: Robots help special education and English learners with speech and social skills

The department of special education at St. Vrain Valley School District worked throughout the school year with the Innovation Center’s robotics program to help special needs students with social skills by using robots, according to a press release from SVVSD.  A project team of high school students developed Socially Assistive Robotics applications at the Innovation Center. In
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SVVSD students developing IBM-powered technology bring real-life solutions to life

On Apr. 20, St. Vrain Valley School District high school students delivered a virtual class to University of Colorado Boulder seniors at the Leeds School of Business on building and managing IBM Watson-powered chatbots. The Watson Assistant is an IBM-developed artificial intelligence pop-up window designed to provide website visitors with fast, consistent, and accurate answers. SVVSD high
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Innovation Center celebrates women in aviation

Spirits were soaring alongside hawks and drones at SVVSD’s Innovation Center on Saturday afternoon as young ladies from the St. Vrain Valley School district took to the skies.  More than a dozen young women from across SVVSD gathered at the Innovation Center for Girls in Aviation Day on May 1. Presented in partnership with the
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The Future-Ready Mobile Lab Connects SVVSD Staff, Students, and Families

The StVrainnovation Mobile Lab is out again visiting St. Vrain’s elementary schools, and facilitating opportunities for students to engage in design-thinking challenges, explore robotics, and visit engineering stations.
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Students’ options soaring thanks to SVVSD aeronautics

Participation in St. Vrain Valley School District’s increasingly popular aeronautics program has nearly doubled in the past year as students launch into careers in the cockpit or in mastering drone technology. The 250 students enrolled in the program at the district’s Innovation Center gain conceptual and practical knowledge for careers in either pathway, Jake Marshall, aeronautics program coordinator, stated
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Virtual Open House Dates 2020

As families plan their transition to middle and high school next year, schools are hosting virtual open houses to answer questions and share information about the many program offerings across St. Vrain Valley Schools. Below are upcoming virtual open house dates across the district. Schools will host their 2020 virtual open houses through either a
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The little fish that could: Despite COVID-caused changes to program, St. Vrain students, partners reintroduce redbelly dace into wild

While “innovation” in the Innovation Center’s name conjures up images of robotics and aeronautics and other high-tech fields, it doesn’t exclude conservation. “Although it’s not a biology center or an ecology center, they’re innovating how to raise these fish,” Boulder County Parks and Open Space wildlife biologist Mac Kobza said. Tuesday was a day for
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St. Vrain students help raise, reintroduce local fish population adversely affected by 2013 flood

As a result of the 2013 Colorado Front Range Flood, the native Northern Redbelly Dace was adversely affected by overflowing sediment that altered its habitat in local ponds. The fish, classified as a Tier 1 Species of Greatest Conservation Need, are considered endangered in Colorado because of low population numbers. By pairing students with biologists, an innovative recovery project aims to raise and successfully breed 100 redbelly dace, the offspring from which will be used to reintroduce the species locally.
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Student Engineers Tackle Real-World Challenges During Summer Bootcamp

On a hot July afternoon when many students might have been out for a socially-distanced bike ride or dipping their toes at a local pool, 18 St. Vrain Valley Schools middle and high school student engineers were busy collaborating virtually to design and prototype solutions to some of our world’s most pressing challenges. As part
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Project of the Year: Construction contractors honored for Innovation Center of St. Vrain Valley Schools

One look at the sleek, cutting-edge facility that is the Innovation Center of St. Vrain Valley Schools will convey this building is meant for great things. The striking 50,000 square foot facility on Quail Road gleams as a beacon for learning and ingenuity. Adding further testament, contractors behind the build have been honored with prestigious
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