This section highlights photos and information from various events that the Region VIII Equity Assistance Center has been involved in.
The Adams County Commissioners' Career Expo is a unique, one-of-a-kind career fair designed to get 8th grade youth thinking about their future education and career goals. This annual event is particularly remarkable since it is designed to accommodate the total county 8th grade population and introduce them to professionals in their selected industry choices.
Challenger Learning Center of Colorado integrates the excitement of space with age-appropriate missions to engage the imagination.
A variety of simulations take students outside their routine educational environment — transporting them to a world where learning is fun and teamwork is key! Students use critical thinking in the areas of applied science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). It’s a motivational setting that evokes inner creativity and stimulates a love for learning that translates back to the classroom.
DeVry University first held HerWorld to empower high school girls to explore careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). From grassroots, campus-driven events happening in a handful of communities, now, more than 15 years later, HerWorld is a university-wide effort held during the month of March. HerWorld introduces and inspires thousands of high school girls each year about STEM through interactive workshops and by learning the story of other women in STEM careers.
March: National HerWorld Month
DeVry University celebrates National HerWorld Month each March. In 2010, its inaugural year, more than 5,100 high school girls from hundreds of schools attended more than 40 HerWorld events across the country.
Now with the support of corporate partners, including Microsoft, Cisco and Deloitte, HerWorld continues to inspire thousands of young women in grades 9-12. Through interactive presentations, workshops and high-profile guest speakers with STEM expertise, these young women leave encouraged to pursue their own dreams in STEM.
HerWorld attendees engage in an all-day program, which includes a variety of workshops, presentations and activities. Here is a sample of what a HerWorld event includes:
- “STEM is all Around Us”
- Group activity to get girls thinking about how STEM plays a role in their lives
- Presentation to demonstrate the impact and innovations in STEM
- The Real Faces of STEM Careers
- Stories of real women in STEM occupations
- Guest speakers from local companies and organizations
- “Be an Innovator: Women are Making a Difference through STEM”
- Presentation and workshop to get girls brainstorming on STEM innovations they might create one day to make an impact on the world
High Point Academy is a free public charter school serving students in preschool through eighth grade.
The Innovation Center of St. Vrain Valley Schools prepares students for the 21st century economy by providing resources and opportunities to create genuine projects with industry partners.
Just what is Mix It Up at Lunch Day?
A national campaign launched by Teaching Tolerance a decade ago, Mix It Up at Lunch Day encourages students to identify, question and cross social boundaries.
In our surveys, students have identified the cafeteria as the place where divisions are most clearly drawn. So on one day – October 29 this school year – we ask students to move out of their comfort zones and connect with someone new over lunch. It’s a simple act with profound implications. Studies have shown that interactions across group lines can help reduce prejudice. When students interact with those who are different from them, biases and misperceptions can fall away.
Project Learning Tree is an affiliate of the National Learning Tree Program; it works because facilitators across the country train educators to use PLT materials:
- Learn how to facilitate PLT workshops for adult learners.
- Become a volunteer who is familiar with the programs and mission of the Colorado State Forest Service
- Gain leadership skills.
- Gain knowledge of environmental education, natural resource programs and agencies.
- Learn about and make contacts in your community.
- Contribute to the strength and growth of the PLT program in Colorado and nationally
Project Learning Tree: Empowering Educators, Inspiring Youth
Each year, Aurora Public Schools hosts a conference in September called Educating a Rainbow of Children. Its themes deal with equity, rigor, civil rights, and multiculturalism.
The National Museum of World War II Aviation offers STEM-based education programs for students in grades K-12. All programs are aligned with Colorado State Standards and teach science, technology, engineering and math concepts using the history of WWII as the foundation.
- Smart-Girl STEM conference - February 22nd, 2014; Denver, CO - Metro State Campus – St. Catejan’s Cathedral and Tivoli Student Center
- Designing School and Classroom Environments for Improved Achievement, Part II - February 27th, 2014; Denver, CO
- STEM and Equity: Designing School and Classroom Environments for Improved Achievement, Part I - October 21, 2013
- Native American Parent/Family Engagement Conference - August 17th 2013; Durango, CO
- Pathways to Respecting American Indian Civil Rights - August 8, 2013; Denver, CO
- Increasing Opportunities for Native American Students - May 3-4, 2013; Denver, CO