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Education

  • Young robot warriors: South Jeffco teen leads class in building a battle-ready robot

    Chris Valdovino teaches a class on how to create a killer robot.

    A robot designed to kill other robots, that is.

    Valdovino, 16, lives in South Jeffco and grew up in the area. He and other students at the Jefferson County Open School in Lakewood have created a 120-pound robot that will be in a competition April 20-26 in Mare Island, Calif.

    "We're not scared," Valdovino said — though he's never built a combat robot and got the idea by watching old episodes of "BattleBots," a now-defunct television show featuring robot-on-robot violence.

  • Lesson Plans: Stony Creek students raise funds for climbing wall

    After running a mile as part of a fund-raiser on April 22 at Stony Creek Elementary School, third-grader K.J. Shearer had one question for gym teacher Doug Scott.

    “Can we fall down now?” she asked, laughing, before sprawling on the grass.

    K.J., along with hundreds of other students at the school, ran the mile to raise funds for a new rock-climbing wall for their gym. Each student solicited donations in exchange for completing the run.

  • Lesson Plans: Bradford students weigh in for charity

    It takes a prodigious number of coins to total $3,580 — about several hundred pounds worth, to be precise.

    But that’s exactly how much students at Bradford Intermediate School in Ken Caryl Ranch collected to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

  • Lesson Plans: Leawood faculty losing pounds by the minute

    If you swing by Leawood Elementary School in South Jeffco on a Friday afternoon, you might see students wearing pink, purple or red.

    These aren’t the latest fashion trends. The colors are being worn by the students to show support for teachers and other school employees who are competing for the most workout minutes before March 20.

  • Avalanche players visit Dutch Creek second-graders

    Second-graders at Dutch Creek Elementary were visited Jan. 20 by Colorado Avalanche players T.J. Hensick and David Jones, who read a story to the two classes, answered questions and signed autographs.

  • Local kids suit up for Colorado Science Bowl

    What is the name of the enzyme that synthesizes DNA? What do you call the range through which temperature changes more rapidly with depth?

    If you said “DNA polymerase” and “thermocline,” you might have been able to keep pace with the scores of Colorado high school students that squared off Jan. 31 in the 19th Colorado Science Bowl, hosted by Dakota Ridge High School.

  • School board seeks feedback on budget

    Members of the Jeffco school board are seeking the community’s help in making decisions about the school district’s budget. The district will need to cut at least $35 million between 2009 and 2012 after voters rejected the bond and mill levy measures on the November ballot.

    The board has received recommendations from staff and community budget work groups and wants to continue to gather feedback from different voices in Jefferson County.