Engineering and STEAM Carnival Success
The students shared their excitement about presenting to a panel of judges from NASA on May 15, 2015, as they wish to repeat their success from last year where they sweep the competition!
On Thursday, April 16, 2015, the Da Vinci School for Science and Arts Jr. and Sr. classes hosted “Parents Night” in the campus auditorium where they presented their semester InSPIRESS project as a part of their engineering class. Students spoke about how they integrated all subjects into this project and how they used all available resources to accomplish this year’s objective. This year the required objective by UAH (University of Alabama Huntsville) and NASA (National Aeronautics Space Administration), is to perform a science experiment on Europa, a moon that orbits the planet Jupiter.
On Friday, April 17, 2015, the InSPIRESS teams presented an award to Mrs. Burnham recognizing her lifelong contribution to Da Vinci’s Engineering program.
On Saturday, April 18, 2015, the Inaugural STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Arts and Math) Carnival was held at Da Vinci where all disciplines and clubs participated to show the community everything we have to offer! It was beautiful to see families from around El Paso visiting and learning about why Da Vinci is one of the leading STEAM schools in the nation.
The carnival featured different booths with games that were both educational and fun! The Inaugural STEAM Carnival was a huge success and faculty, parents, students, and staff are already looking forward to next year!
Vista del Futuro Book Drive Success
Vista Del Futuro Charter School held a book drive where 5,274 books were collected. We want to congratulate all the students and parents that made this possible.
We would also like to congratulate Ms. Camacho and her students for collecting 2,250 books.
Da Vinci Zumbathon
On Friday April 10th the Da Vinci student council teamed up with the Make-A-Wish Foundation to organize the first ever Zumbathon fundraising event to be hosted by any school in the city. Thirteen of the best Zumba instructors in the region donated their time and talents to help raise money for a very noble cause in the Da Vinci auditorium for three full hours of fun and exercise. The Make-A-Wish Foundation was really impressed with the Da Vinci students and all the work they put into organizing and decorating for the event. The foundation made a small presentation at the commencement of the event and stated that as of date the Da Vinci School for Science and Arts was the overall top school fundraiser and had surpassed not only all other 6A schools in the city but all businesses and companies. The Zumba instructors were also captivated by the positive response, turnout, decorations, energy from the participants, and the school’s hospitality and appreciation gifts. It certainly meant a lot to the close to one hundred students that attended to see many of their teachers support them in various ways, including Zumba dancing. The fundraising event was a great success and the Da Vinci student council acknowledges the efforts, support, and generous donations from members of the district and community. Student council would especially like to thank Mrs. Reyes, Mr. Shetty, Mr. Villagrana, Mr. Castro, Mrs. Ramirez, Mrs. Untalan, Mrs. Sanchez, Mrs. Walters, Mrs. Brown, Mrs. Jimenez, Mrs. Resendez, Coach Hernandez, Ms. Quintana, and Ms. Magdaleno for their assistance and encouragement. Thank you.