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Northridge Elementary hosts special effects guru and 7NEWS meteorologist at Imagination Expo

HIGHLANDS RANCH - All curious Douglas County are invited to the fourth annual Imagination Expo at Northridge Elementary School on Wednesday, May 7.

This year’s Expo will be bursting with fun hands-on activities that reflect the school’s STE(A)M philosophy. STE(A)M stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Math. There is no charge to attend the Expo, which has a theme this year of “Larger Than Life!”

The featured attraction of the evening is nationally known movie stunt and special effects expert Steve Wolf. His “Science in the Movies” presentation won Time Warner Cable’s STEM Presenter of the Year award for its exciting visual demonstrations of how science is used to create eye-popping explosions and stunning visual effects used in movie productions.

For a peek at Steve Wolf’s school shows, visit

Additionally, the Imagination Expo will feature Douglas County’s own award-winning meteorologist, Matt Makens of 7NEWS. Matt grew up in Castle Rock and graduated from Douglas County High School before earning his degree in atmospheric science. Matt’s enthusiasm for science led him to research Rocky Mountain thunderstorms, air pollution and wind energy. Matt will share with students about the science of weather and television.

There also will be multiple interactive stations for students, including Lego Mania, Glow Mania, Paper Airplanes, the Imagination Market featuring Microsoft and  Timbuk Toys, Taste of Imagination, Fun in the Garden, the DaVinci Institute and many more cool activities and displays including hay rides, a student showcase and a STE(A)M trivia game with prizes.

All are welcome, no RSVP required and there is no charge for admittance!

Imagination Expo
May 7, 5-8 p.m.
Northridge Elementary School
555 Southpark Rd in Highlands Ranch


April 24, 2014 | By rmbarber | Category: Elementary Education, Schools

District News

On February 9 the PACE Center hosted Portfolio Day for students like Sladovnik. It was an opportunity for critiques from working professional artists, and workshops. It culminates in the "Bright Futures" art exhibit - a showcase of selected work on display February 16-27.

Last month, the Board of Education passed a resolution tasking the Superintendent to convene a task force inclusive of members of the general public and staff members. This task force will develop a survey for parents of students eligible for special education services and a survey for staff members who serve students eligible for special education services.

Board members sitting at the dais

CASTLE ROCK - On February 6, the Douglas County School District (DCSD) Board of Education confirmed its commitment to begin the process of seeking approval from voters for additional local funding.

“Our children need a bond and mill levy override (MLO) to be passed in 2018, beyond any doubt,” said DCSD Board of Education President David Ray. “We want to move forward immediately with the necessary processes and collaboration with our community in order to finalize a formal funding package.”