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STEM Charter Launches a Satellite!
Project Da Vinci CubeSat team from STEM Charter

North Idaho STEM Charter Academy High School Students to Launch a Satellite

When you were in High School, did your school have a football team?  Probably!  Did your school have a basketball team?  Most likely!  Did your high school have a Satellite team?  Probably NOT!  North Idaho STEM Charter Academy high school students will be launcing a nanosatellite, known as a Cubesat, during the first quarter of 2018..  As a part of their educational mission, NASA selected the Project Da Vinci team as the only high school to launch in in this round, among other prestigious institutions, such as the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and MIT.  The CubeSat, so named for its shape of a four-inch cube, will be unique because it will enable people around the world to Tweet from space, conduct BitCoin transactions from space, and educate students around the world about space.  Watch for the Project DaVinci Kickstarter to launch at the end of September and follow the team on social media! Visit the website to learn how schools around the world can register, as well as how to enter the Space Propulsion Challenge!



Welcome to Project time at North Idaho STEM Charter Academy!  We are learning many skills, including teamwork, time management, communication, and technology.

My name is Mrs. Brubaker, and I wear several different "hats" here at the North Idaho STEM Charter Academy, including  Project Coordinator and Schoolwide EnrichmentSpecialist.  My background includes a Masters' Degree in Gifted Education from the University of Connecticut and over 20 years of experience in the field of gifted education.  I have had the privilege of coaching FIRST Lego League teams for over five years, one team which was selected as one of only six teams in the world to attend the World Festival in Copenhagen, Denmark. Our 2014 STEM Charter First Lego League team was selected to attend the Canadian International Invitational tournament in Toronto, Canada.  I am currently serving on a national Lego Education Advisory Panel.  In 2012, I was selected as the Idaho State G.I.A.N.T.S. award winner, which stands for the Governor's Industry Award for Notable Teaching in Science.  My son recently graduated from  Rice University in Houston, Texas, with a major in Mechanical Engineering with an emphasis on Aeronautical Engineering.  His senior design project team created a dual containment drill that will be on the next Mars Rover.  In my spare time, I love to ride my black and white Paint mare.



Mars Rover


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Creating Problem Solving as a Life Skill

Invent Idaho is an excellent opportunity to encourage a life skill in our students by encouraging them to become problem solvers.  Will they all become future inventors?  Probably not.  However, they will have gained the valuable self-image of themselves as a capable problem solver.  We hope to encourage the generation of numerous ideas, as well as to inspire our students creative talents and inventive spirits!  Parents, here's an idea:  rather than solving your child's next "crisis" for them, ask your child to generate possible solutions to their problem.  As they work through the process, students often find better solutions to their problems than we, as parents, might have thought of for them.  Encourage your child to let their creativity and inventiveness shine!


Current Assignments

Invent Idaho Timeline and Checklist

Assigned: 08/30/18 Category: Assignment Points: 0 Due: 01/08/19

Destination Imagination Timeline Change

April 5 Finish props due today (team grade)   Quality 15 points
April 5 First read through script/start scenery   Time Management 10 points
April 10 Decide structure revisions/ Make Sketchup revisions DUE TODAY (one per team) Quality   10 points
April 12 Memorize & practice script/Build scenery   Time Management 10 points
April 19 Memorize & practice script/Build scenery   Time Management 10 points
April 17 Build second structure Time Management   10 points
April 19 Practice performance/finish scenery   Time Management 10 points
April 24 Build second structure Time Management   10 points
MAY 3 SCENERY DUE (team grade)   Quality 25 points
MAY 8 FINAL STRUCTURE DUE (team grade) Quality   40 points
MAY 8 Final Expense Report due Quality   10 points
MAY 15 Dress Rehearsal      
MAY 17 PERFORMANCE DAY & TEST FINAL STRUCTURE (team grade)   Quality 25 points