Discovery Canyon Campus located in eastern Colorado Springs has the right idea when it comes to teaching and learning. The mission of Discovery Canyon Campus, a pre-K-12 learning community, is to educate and inspire all students to achieve social, emotional, physical, and academic success as conscientious global citizens through a comprehensive, inquiry-based curriculum using principles and tools of science and mathematics taught in a safe and respectful unified campus environment. The entire school campus is visually stimulating, encouraging learning and real-world application to take place on a daily basis. All students demonstrate high-level thinking skills through the use of math and science principles and tools across all grade levels and content areas. To learn more about Discovery Canyon Campus check out the following site.
Early Monday morning NASA’s Mars science rover Curiosity landed on the Red Planet. Launched on November 26th, 2012 from Cape Canaveral Florida, Curiosity traveled through space for eight months. Curiosity is designed to spend the next two years exploring Gale Crater. It’s primary mission is to look for evidence that Mars may have once hosted the basic building blocks necessary for life to evolve. I’m hoping that STEM and science teachers nation and worldwide incorporate hand-on-minds-on investigations in their classrooms this week that make connections to all the cool science that took place to get Curiosity to Mars, as well as sustain it for two years. To find out more about Curiosity and the two-year mission check out the following Chicago Tribune article.