Hawk Automation: AcademyACL Robotics
Robotics planning begins in July, with students working on site to learn to use tools they'll need, plan marketing strategies and website design, and develop prototypes of their robots until the season kicks off and the task is assigned.
The season itself begins in August, with competitions locally and in the Denver area throughout the school year.
AcademyACL Robotics involves more than being able to build a robot. Students work collaboratively through the entire engineering design process to develop drawings, create and refine working prototypes, learning to code and drive the robot to complete its assigned task, and communicate with others about the process and market Hawk Automation
It began with a question, "Can we make a movie to demonstrate our learning?" AcademyACL is the only middle school film program in the nation because our students asked "What if?"
GeekThink Films produces a short film each school year. These films are a testament to the exceptional abilities, emotional intelligence, and creativity of our gifted learners. Through storytelling and cinematography, our students bring their unique perspectives to life on the big screen. All of our films are planned, written by, filmed, edited, and produced by the students themselves with the support of community members with connections to theater and acting, filmmaking, screenwriting, and musical score experience.
Our student-made films have explored topics such as how children and adults experience giftedness, the impacts of poverty and homelessness on children, time travel, bullying, and they've created documentary-style films exploring the impact of the COVID pandemic on our community. In 2023, GeekThink Films expanded their work to marketing and have created commercials to highlight the AcademyACL program.
The opportunities for creativity and leadership are endless through our GeekThink Films. We look forward to bringing you this year's film in May of this year.
AcademyACL Hawks Sports
Games for all middle school sports typically begin at 4:45 on Tuesdays and Thursdays, with practices on non-game days. Please see our Events to learn about our next game and come to cheer us on!
AcademyACL offers skills camps in basketball and volleyball as after school club events in the off-season and as summer enrichment during the summer, just after the end of school. We encourage our players to get involved with local high school camps as well, to grow their skills and learn from more experienced students.
"I'm identified gifted in math, reading, and writing. I work above grade level in all of those areas. But theater is what I live for. It's where my heart is. To be seen, truly seen, for my abilities in performing arts through formal identification makes a world of difference."
~AcademyACL Student - Talent Identification Pikes Peak
We welcome members of the community investing in our theater program through the donation of time to help with set building, music, costuming, and backstage support.
Explore Our Summer Programs
AcademyACL students are offered a wide range of summer extracurricular activities and resources each summer. From sports and arts to academic enrichment programs, we offer something for every interest and passion.