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STEM Charter Academy National Invention Convention Winners!
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Grace Gardiner: High School Winner!
Katherine Barney: Global Change Winner!
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 DOES have a satellite team! North Idaho STEM Charter Academy high school students launched, in conjunction with NASA and Rocket Lab, a CubeSat on December 15, 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.  Consider donating to our crowd funding and follow the team on social media!  The ground station is now functional and located in Post Falls.  Our own STEM students will be able to control the camera on the satellite and communicate with Project DaVinci through the ground station. Visit the website to learn how schools around the world can register, as well as how to enter the Space Propulsion Challenge!  Become a Space Ambassador today!!

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 Specialist and Schoolwide Enrichment Specialist.  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 ten 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. The STEM Charter 2016 team won first place for Gracious Professionalism out of 80 international teams at the FIRST LegoLand competition in California. I am Lego Education Certified trainer, on the National Invention Convention Advisory Committee, and the co-founder of Invent Idaho. 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, read books, and go camping with my husband and two Golden Retrievers. I recently traveled to China and am pictured here at the Great Wall of China!         




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

Be sure to check Google Classroom for current assignments.