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Elementary School News
ES Robotics Teams Finish Strong at Local Competition
In early November, Team 6855A and 6855B participated in the 3rd Annual Jr. Orange Bowl Elementary Vex IQ Robotics Competition. Both teams finished in the top 10 in the skills runs. Team 6855A won the Judges Award. Judges consider a number of criteria for this award, such as team displays of special attributes, exemplary effort at the event, or team accomplishments throughout the season that may not fit under existing awards, but are nonetheless deserving of special recognition. Team 6855B earned the Design Award for their Engineering notebook. The recipient of this award demonstrates the ability to implement the most effective and efficient robot design process. Their Engineering Notebook and discussion with the judges demonstrate the team’s ability to produce a quality robot with minimal adult assistance.
The fifth grade students were mesmerized by a visit from Enoch, a member of the Maasai tribe in Kenya. He was visiting the United States as the guest of a WCS family who came to know him during a trip to Africa. To prepare the students for his visit, Mr. Heetderks presented a unit on the Maasai Tribe, their customs and culture. Students were excited to hear from an actual Maasai tribe member, and to participate in the signature tribal jumping dance.
Inspired by this year's theme, first grade students carved a cross in a pumpkin to "Let their Light Shine for Jesus." They also decorated pumpkin cookies to ring in the fall season. Thanks to parents Tim Sparks and Norma McGrath for their help in making this a fun activity for the students!
Mrs. Pastrana's second grade students were thrilled to use the 3-D Printer to create robots during their Project Lead the Way Enrichment Class. In this class, students use project-based learning techniques to design toys, solve real-world problems, build robots, and learn programming.
WCS Hosts First Robotics Competition; ES Teams Earn Awards
Three WCS elementary teams - Teams 6855A, 6855B, and 6855C - participated in the VEX IQ Robotics Competition, hosted by Westminster Christian School on Sat., Oct. 13. This event brought together 23 teams from eight private and public schools from Miami-Dade and Broward counties to compete in numerous robotic matches. Additionally, schools were judged on engineering journals that detail the robot design process.
The ES Drama Club performed an original 15-minute play by Nurse Patty Winters that brought to life this year's theme, "Let Your Light Shine." This will be the first of many chapel performances by the ES Drama Club students that will follow the storyline of the "City on a Hill."
In honor of the ratification of the U.S. Constitution, the students in Mrs. Abbey’s classroom learned about the U.S. Constitution in their class. They engaged in conversation about Constitution Day with their principal, Mr. Lopez.
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