The students in the YESS Transition Classroom at Granite Connection High School, under teacher Daria’s supervision, ar elearning to drive…IN the classroom! This drivers ed simulation system was recently purchased through a supplemental grant through the Youth in Care office at USBE. Daria reports that the students have taken this opportunity very seriously and have shown an increased level of responsibility.
Flowers are blooming all around, including in the art classrooms at AIM and Genesis! The first two flowers, as well as the sunflowers on the slider on this site’s homepage, were done by students in Sandy’s class at AIM. The remaining eight flowers are the artwork from Carol’s art students at Genesis Youth Center.
Students in Sandy’s classes, Digital Media teacher at AIM, and in Tom’s classes, Digital Media teacher at Detention, are attaining digital design skills through the use of Photoshop. The picture on the left depicts a student following a tutorial and learning to use the Photoshop tools. The other picture is a home design drawn by a student. These are such important skills to acquire in this 21st century!
Soon the students at Decker Lake Youth Center will be playing an active role in the conservation of the monarch butterfly, which is close to being designated an endangered species. This is a joint effort sponsored through the University of Utah’s STEM Community Alliance Program (STEMCAP), Utah State Board of Education and science teachers Lisa, Decker Lake, and Kathy, Genesis Youth Center.
The program kicked off on April 11th with an introductory presentation regarding the monarchs, their life cycle and reliance on milkweed during the critical developmental stages of its life cycle. There will be six more sessions: the greenhouse and planting the milkweed seeds, migration routes and disturbances, pollination, current research and flight stamina of the monarch, horticultural plant species in Utah and careers in horticulture, and culminates with the outdoor planting of the milkweed seeds! The students had numerous questions and are excited about this unique opportunity.
We look forward to seeing a beautiful group of orange and black flutter away from Decker this summer!
NASA – STEM/CAP Activity
Write-up by Kath Nelson
The youth at Genesis, UNI GTC, and Decker Lake were treated to a special interactive STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) presentation by a NASA scientist! Dr. Dianna Scalise, the Director of Astrobiology Education at NASA, was hosted by Dr. Nalini Nankarni, of the University of Utah STEM/CAP group.
The focus of the activity was on the search for living things on other worlds. The youth simulated a complete project from research and development of a craft, to the engine delivery system, and onboard equipment used to detect signs of life.
The simulation was in the form of a board game. The game required the use of math to determine the best options for the project.
The participants really enjoyed the activity, and we are looking forward to our next adventure with STEM/CAP.
Van, math teacher at Decker Lake Youth Center, is teaching his students the art of chess. He has explained to them that there are 10120 possibilities of moves in chess! On the day of the photo, he was teaching them chess opening strategies. Students love Van’s math classes so much that they even ask for “homework” assignments!
From Dieter, English teacher at Decker:
The students conducted their own research on an assigned part of speech using Blendspace. Blendspace allows students to compile pertinent resources, images, and videos that can be turned into a presentation. Once the students finished their presentation, I transferred their work into a Padlet account that was assigned to their class. Padlet allows me to have all of their assignments in one file, and they can come up to present their work from my computer displaying on the Smart Board.