The Mt. Everett robotics program recently received a $2,500 grant from the Robotics Education and Competition (REC) Foundation along with Dell Computers to start a middle school VEX Robotics team. Chris Thompson, Paul O’Brien, and Tim Newman will mentor the students over the next month to prepare the team for a tournament at the University of New Haven on February 11th.
Technology Coordinator Chris Thompson says, “The grant came about very quickly just before the holiday break. Ideally we would have much more time to prepare for a tournament. We’ll be competing against schools that started their robots back in September. But this is a direction we’ve considered taking the robotics program for the past year or two. The grant will allow us to get started this year and continue a middle school VEX team for the foreseeable future. The same type of skills necessary to engineer and program the high school robot can now be developed by our middle school students.”
The team name is Hyper Space and the 9 students will have to build and program a robot capable of both autonomous and remote control operations. A VEX robot can have up to 10 motors & servos. This year’s VEX game is called Starstruck. More information about VEX Robotics can be found at http://www.roboticseducation.org.
All of our elementary ESL students recently received a book tote to bring home books in their language to read with their parents. Students choose Spanish language books each week for their parents to read with them. Through teacher collections and our elementary Spanish program, we can keep students reading in two languages!
This is the Model UN conducting it's fall conference. The conference was structured as a "Crisis Committee" dealing with multiple theoretical acts of terrorism on a massive scale. Students had to act in the roles of key players on the world stage and try to stop the terrorism and keep the peace. It was a thrilling session. Nolan Dupont, Jake Martin and Marya Makuc won prizes for their excellent research, creativity and performance. Model UN Co-Chairs Michaela Loring and Jacob Makuc organized and ran the crisis committee with distinction.
The French class had the pleasure to spend an evening together at Chez Nous Bistro in Lee. During dinner, the students and Monsieur Léger had the opportunity to speak French among themselves and with the owner. They experimented traditional dishes such as Cassoulet, Gratin dauphinois, Pâtés with cornichons, and of course French cheeses such as Fourme d’Ambert, Chèvre and Brie. The highlight of the evening may have been the Gâteau au chocolat!