This week, Compass Community Collaborative School seniors met Jules Davies, commercial and editorial photographer. Career interviews are a part of the Compass curriculum and help prepare students for real jobs in the real world.
At Compass, community connections provide jumping off points for our students to explore and engage in real world learning. These connections are invaluable to us. Today we highlight Dynamic Group Circuit Design in Fort Collins. Senior Electrical Engineer, Adam Bierman, has given generously of his time to help Compass students take a computer build from concept to completion.
Last week, the Compass Self Science class went on a much anticipated field trip to Amani Farm to interact and learn from horses. With the guidance of Jill Cantor Lee, an equine facilitated learning specialist and psychological counselor and their teacher Pamela Barker, they participated in equine facilitated experiential learning.
The Community Experience Venture led by the Futures Counselor, Wendy Rose, attended a graphic design class at Front Range Community College (FRCC) last week. Maggie Adams, Multimedia Graphic Design Program Director at FRCC, let us visit her Illustrator class and gave us an overview of the program.
Students in 11th-grade have been working with Bonnie and Wendy to determine the kinds of educational options and professions they wanted to learn more about as part of their postsecondary readiness venture experience.
On Wednesday of last week, Kayla’s venture (1st Annual Compass Performance Showcase) went to the Fort Collins Lincoln Center. We learned how to walk through the building, what the rules were and where everything we will need for our performance is located.
Twenty students from 8th-11th grade went to Colorado State University on Thursday for most of the day to learn first hand about the computer science department and unique opportunities offered for CS majors.
Dr. Amanda Stronza led a whole-school assembly to share her work with EcoExist, a nonprofit working in Botswana to help elephants and humans coexist. Her work exemplifies humanity-centered design (HCD), the same process of learning and creating that Compass teaches and practices.
Compass Community Collaborative School is fortunate and grateful for its working partnership with Colorado State University. This week students continued research at the CSU Environmental Learning Center and built a watershed model.
Upper School students Ocean, Lucille, and Mia spent a recent Saturday (International Climbing Day) with the Rocky Mountain Conservancy and Access Fund doing trail maintenance and restoration, and conservation work on a climbing access trail to Lumpy Ridge.
Abi T. and Brenden D. are working as teaching assistants and simultaneously on an independent design project this quarter as part of the Whimsical Inventions Venture Project. They have a limited budget to work with, and they’ve been sketching, planning, and prototyping already.