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STEAM Innovation Lab

The STEAM Innovation Lab is our new addition to Aspen Academy’s innovative education program. It is a maker space that inspires integrative learning in science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics.

In the STEAM Innovation Lab, Innovation instructor Chris Lazartic provides the materials and curriculum framework. The students use the materials to do the following each class session:

  1. Discovery
  2. Exploration
  3. Connection
  4. Reflection

While the students will be learning so much, it is actually not about WHAT they are learning but more about HOW they are learning. We believe process, collaboration, and communication are all essential 21st century skills and important components of this experience.

Students at each station work with a partner on the 8 systems of technology:

  1. Scientific Data Analysis
  2. Computer Graphics
  3. Mechanics & Structures
  4. Alternative & Renewable Energy
  5. Digital Communications
  6. Robotics & Control Tech
  7. Circuitry
  8. Software Engineering

Middle School News

What's The Buzz on the Geo Bee?
What's The Buzz on the Geo Bee?

Congratulations to Anderson T. for taking 1st Place in the 2017 Geography Bee held at Aspen Academy and Trevor M. who came in a close 2nd! Best of luck to Anderson as he represents our school at the state finals held in April 2018. We are all so proud of our Geo bee finalists!

Shark Tank Finalists
Shark Tank Finalists

Since January, the 8th graders have developed a business idea, written business plans, created and sold products and pitched their ideas to a group of judges. After months of preparation they entered the Aspen Academy Shark Tank as their Capstone project. Here, they presented their business ideas and competed for first place to win seed money for their venture.

1st place: Emily R. (RudSpice)

2nd place: Holly S. (Beads for Dad)

3rd place: Parker D. (Tuber)

Brady M. (The Basketball Mustache) and Grace Y. (Ballet Barre) also made it to the finals

From Business Plan to Reality
From Business Plan to Reality

8th grader Emily R. created a business plan for a line of spice blends in her Leadership Class that has now become a reality. Rudspice is now being sold at Savory Spice! Read full article on Westword

5th Grade Civil War Battle
5th Grade Civil War Battle

General Claire M. takes on General August H. in the 3rd Annual Aspen Academy 5th grade Civil War battle!

Middle School and the Stock Market
Middle School and the Stock Market

Tuesday, March 15th
Aspen parent, Peter Lengsfeld, talked to our 5th and 6th grade students about the stock market as they get ready to begin their six-week stock market experience. Click here to read more.