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Fab Lab El Paso launches mobile STEM lab at Montwood Middle

Recently, Montwood Middle School was part of the unveiling of the Mobile STEM Fab Lab and Electric Code Initiative by Fab Lab El Paso.

Fab Lab, in partnership with Microsoft and El Paso Electric, featured its newest initiative, Electric Code, which will offer free computer science lessons for third through 12th-graders. The new program is designed to promote awareness of potential career applications in product development, computer coding, design and engineering.

Some 80 Montwood Middle School students participated in the Electric Code lesson during a two-hour coding learning module.

Students also were able to experience the new Mobile STEM Fab Lab, which is a pop-up makerspace experience and transport for 3D printers, 3D scanners, VR/AR equipment, video production setup, laser cutter, CNC mill and STEM learning kits.

“We are really excited to be able to have the opportunity to present Fab Lab mobile to our students so that way we can bring forward more opportunities for science, technology, engineering and math here at our campus,” said Montwood Middle principal Melissa Martinez.

Martinez, a former STEM student herself, said the mobile lab will further support the excellent work her students have achieved in STEM courses. The Montwood Middle School Synergi4 STEM program started off with 32 students and in four years has grown to 152 students.

“I think opportunities like this will help me achieve my goals because technology is everywhere and in every job now, so I hope it’ll help me be more advanced,” said Alyssa Rueda, a 7th grade student at Montwood Middle, who is interested in either pursuing a career as a nurse oncologist or a nurse practitioner.

With the availability of the Mobile STEM Fab Lab, it will open opportunities for students and educators to use the new technology at their schools rather than having to travel to the Fab Lab El Paso location. The curriculum will incorporate workshops on 3D Printing, 2D to 3D design, animation, virtual reality, robotics, circuits, microbiology and coding.

“I think the fact that we have programs like this in SISD to help expose STEM to all students is just another of the many ways that we are extending our endless opportunities here in our district,” Martinez said.

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Montwood Middle Students Receive Drone from SISD Officer, American Legion Riders

A Socorro Independent School District security officer and the American Legion Riders group that he belongs to generously donated a drone to the yearbook students at Montwood Middle School.

Officer Daniel Saucedo gave the school the Contixo F18 drone, which can stream and capture high quality images that students can use in their annual publication and for videos on their school website.

“My students and I were surprised and appreciative that Officer Saucedo donated the drone to our campus,” said Grace Gonzalez, theater, broadcast, and yearbook teacher. “My staff and I are planning to take stunning aerial pictures and video of our campus and student body.”

Prior to joining Team SISD in 2015, Saucedo served in the military for 24 years. The former member of the National Guard joined the American Legion Rider Association in 2006 where he helps sponsor programs, groups and communities.

“I take pride in helping and I always enjoy working with kids,” Saucedo said. “This drone will be useful for the yearbook and broadcast students so they can utilize it for their activities.”

Saucedo decided to donate the item after seeing students struggle to take photos at sporting events.

“I see how hard it is for them to take photos of the athletes when we have track meets,” he said. “They have to run from point A to point B, and with this drone, they can fly it and capture what they need to.”

Saucedo also taught the students how to use the drone.

“The most rewarding part is teaching the students how to fly the drone, and hearing about how it is helping them,” he said. “At first, they couldn’t believe I got it for them, but I promised them I was going to get them one and I did.”

The yearbook and broadcast staff were eager to start using the device.

“I think it’s so nice that he uses his own money to buy stuff for our school,” said Valeyda Parada, a seventh-grade student. “Being able to shoot videos from above is very interesting, and during football games we can record instead of taking blurry pictures.”

In addition to the drone, Saucedo and his fellow riders have donated athletic equipment to the campus.

“He helps our school a lot,” said Alicia Estrada, also a seventh-grader at the campus. “We are so thankful for the donations he gives us. We always play with the basketballs, volleyballs and soccer balls they donated, and the drone will be a big part of our yearbook. It’s really going to help us.”

Socorro ISD Schools Earn Grant to Bolster Healthy Eating, Physical Activity

Four Socorro Independent School District campuses have been awarded the 2018 Fuel Up to Play 60 (FUTP60) grant by Dairy Max.

On Tuesday, SISD officials announced that Robert R. Rojas Elementary School, Jane Hambric K-8 School, Col. John O. Ensor and Montwood middle schools will receive $4,000 each to promote healthy eating and physical activity programs at their campus.

Socorro ISD was one of eight school districts in the state, and the only one in the region, to earn the grant. Schools will receive $2,000 as part of the healthy eating play program, which will be used to upgrade kitchen equipment.

The other $2,000, for the physical activity play program, will be used to purchase equipment and gear.

“We are very excited that these four campuses earned the FUTP60 grant,” said Shelley Chenausky, director of child nutrition services. “Our schools will receive commercial blenders to make smoothies and glass-front coolers to deliver them to the classrooms. This is a great way for our students to consume more dairy, fruits, and vegetables.”

The grant will increase nutritional and physical education awareness, improve academic performance, and build lifelong habits that contribute to student’s overall well-being, said Albert Hernandez, director of athletics.

“Linking child nutrition services efforts with ours has been something we have been working on proactively,” Hernandez said. “We have a common goal, to educate the whole child and improve their health through exercise and

good, conscious nutrition.”

Campuses are eager to receive their new equipment and begin implementing new programs at their school.

“We are going to start an after-school flag football league for boys and girls in October,” said Miguel A. Saldaña, physical education teacher at Col. John O. Ensor.

“This will provide another opportunity for students to engage in after-school activities. We also will work with our cafeteria staff to promote a healthier lifestyle, and offer even more healthy choices for our students.”

Learn more about the Fuel Up to Play 60 grant.

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