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Outside CleanUP day
kids cleaning school gardens
kids cleaning school gardens and forest

Earth Day All School Clean-up!

Each Earth Day, all Cedar Park students, teachers and staff participate in our Clean-up Day of our school grounds as celebration of both spring and being eco-friendly. Everyone chips-in by preparing and cleaning our school grounds (outdoor classrooms, gardens, lawns and forest areas). Staff sign-up their classes (or themselves) to come out and help our school grounds look and feel great on Earth Day.

Our SciGirls Code Video (see above video) by PBS won the National Science Foundation Award STEM for All Video Contest!  We are very proud of our SciGirls's accomplishments each year!

SciGirls Code Program

The past three years, Cedar Park has been lucky enough to be awarded a SciGirls after school program (grants funded by PBS, National Science Foundation and U of M). 

SciGirls Code, is an outreach program where 16 partner organizations nationwide will be holding after school programs girls. The program is specifically designed to help address the gender gap in computer science programs by sparking and strengthening girls interest, skills, and confidence as technology creators.

Zooms project
Zooms project
Zooms project


Every year, Cedar Park's third and fifth grades participate in the MN Zoo's ZOOMS project contest! And evert year we have students who earn "top finisher" awards for their own STEM designed projects. The MN Zoo's ZOOMS program supports teachers with integrating standards-based 
ZOOMS resources, design challenges, and field trips into their curriculum to better equip students with the STEM skills to engineer and problem solve just like zookeepers, exhibit designers and
conservationists at the Minnesota Zoo!

3rd grader coding large algorithms in Scratch
scratch jr app inuse
pair parters with microbit coding
kids coding ozobots
students doing unplugged code activity
kids coding a dash robot
computational thinking infographic
student creating in scratch app
students creating own app in App Inventor portal
student working in Kodable app

Month of CODE!

The tech-driven world we all live in runs on code. Therefore, all Cedar Park students participate in a month of exploring and learning computer science/coding. Students get 5 lessons in both Tech & Engineering class in December where they learn the basic vocabulary & fundamentals of coding by practicing Computational Thinking problem solving skills & peer collaboration. Then later throughout the school year, each student creates a coding project in Tech class that supports ISD 196 Units of Study curriculum. 

lego building after school class

Students love being creative in our Legos after school class.

After School Classes

Cedar Park's after school class is a robust, innovative and hands-on program. We are also the only school in the district that offers all our after school classes for free.  Each year we hold two sessions (fall and winter) each running six weeks. Classes run from 3:45 to 4:45 Monday through Thursday.

Some examples of after school classes are: Cedar Park News Team, Heartbeat Chorus, Take-A-Part Electronics Class, Computer Science/Coding, Robotics, Chess, iPad Math, Boardgames, Artsy Fun, Reading and Writing Clubs, Dreambox Math, Cup Stacking, Juggling, Junior Science Naturalists, and much more!