JATC Students Win Best in State for Designing ‘Pocket Closet’ App

Phone With Pocket Closet AppThey wanted to help people organize clutter in their closets and make it available to the visually impaired as well. So, a JATC team of students from Bingham, Herriman, Riverton, West Jordan and Murray High designed what is called the ‘Pocket Closet’ app with an accessibility feature so anyone can use it. The app lets you know exactly what you have in your closet at any given time, manages your clothing inventory, lets you know the last time you wore something and even has a donation feature if you want to get rid of some things you no longer wear.

The students entered the app in the Verizon Innovative Learning app challenge and they won! That means the JATC student entry was best among all middle and high school entries in the state. They received $5,000 prize and a tablet for every team member. Now this talented team is in the running for the App Challenge Fan Favorite award. The Fan Favorite award winner will receive $15,000.

You can help the JATC team win Fan Favorite by texting POCKET to 22333 by midnight on Feb. 14.

FUN FACT FRIDAY: STEM Going Strong in JSD!

Students Learning About ElectronicsThanks to the hard work and dedication of curriculum staff and teachers in our schools, the District is leading the way in science, technology, engineering and math education (STEM).

This year they were able to secure grants totaling 1,059,000! This money is providing for new initiatives getting more students excited about S.T.E.M. pathways leading to successful careers. Here are a few examples:

  • A District-wide STEM Challenge involving 1,800 students
  • STEM Academy programs at three middle schools
  • After school Robotics programs at four middle schools
  • Expansion of STEM Days and STEM Family Nights at schools
  • A District-wide STEM Community Night
  • Additional STEM professional development for teachers

Souper Bowl of Caring Money Already at Work in Jordan School District

Students on a Shopping SpreeJust days after raising more than $40,000 in the Souper Bowl of Caring, students headed to Costco on a grocery shopping spree. They used the money to purchase a variety of food which will be used to re-stock 55 Principal Pantries. Students in seven District schools participated in the Souper Bowl of Caring and all the money raised will help feed hungry children right here in JSD. Those same students wasted no time volunteering to shop for the food and then sort it, ready for shipment to the individual school pantries.

Thank you to everyone who participated and for caring about the health and well being of fellow students. Enjoy a photo gallery on our Facebook page.

Welby’s First Lego League Robotics Team Qualifies for State Competition

Welby Robotics TeamThey came together to form Welby Elementary School’s first ever Lego League robotics teams and already they are making a name for themselves. The 4th – 6th grade students on Team Coders and Team Tech were invited to compete against 36 other teams, which consisted mostly of middle school aged kids, at the Entheos 4-H Qualifier. Just 10 teams advanced to the State Championships and the Coders and Team Tech were among them! In fact, Team Tech took 1st place in the presentation category and Coders took 2nd place in the presentation category.

Wow, way to go Welby students! We are very proud of your accomplishment and cannot wait to see how you do in the State competition this weekend. Good luck!

Space Shuttle Astronaut Encourages Bingham Students to Follow Their Dreams

Former Astronaut Mike Mullane Speaks to StudentsAs a young boy growing up in the southwest, Mike Mullane had big dreams, dreams that would eventually take him to the skies.

Today, the retired Air Force Colonel speaks around the country with a message of dreaming big and setting high goals. This message is what brought him to Bingham High School recently in an assembly that highlighted how he became an astronaut, what it is like to be in space and what attributes it takes for students to succeed.

After graduating high school, Mullane would find his way to West Point and the U.S. Military Academy. He served a distinguished Air Force career and in 1978 was accepted into NASA’s astronaut program as a Mission Specialist for the then upstart Space Shuttle program. Mullane has been to space three times aboard the shuttles Discovery and Atlantis and he has written several books about his experiences in life and as an astronaut.

Colonel Mullane was in town for a safety seminar at Rio Tinto as their keynote speaker. At Bingham High, he brought an inspiring and well-received message for student to do their best, be tenacious in all their pursuits, dream big but don’t be afraid to fail, take care of their physical fitness and make school their number one priority.

Enjoy a photo gallery of the assembly on Facebook.