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Middle School Robotics Update

November 29, 2017 Posted in: School News Tags: , ,

unnamed (2)Our Middle School Robotics, FTC Team 11204, participated in a competition on Saturday, November 18. Challenged with a bumpy start, the team updated their FTC app during field inspections and pulled together to end with a respectable finish. The team will be working hard to improve driving and may make some design changes before the South Florida Meet on Saturday, December 9.

Special thanks to our parent-volunteers and supporters, and to the student and alumni mentors from Team 744, our high school FRC Team, Shark Attack.

Robotics Team At Barnes & Noble’s Mini Maker Faire

November 15, 2017 Posted in: School News Tags: , ,
image (1)Westminster Academy’s high school Robotics Team (FRC Team 744—Shark Attack) spent the past weekend promoting FIRST Robotics and STEM Education at Barnes & Noble’s 3rd Annual Mini Maker Faire, November 11-12. Special thanks to the demonstration team, which included the following students:
  • Joao Favale
  • Isaac Hobby
  • Rachel Karsner
  • Jennae Katic
  • Tommy Kline
  • Arianna Loucks
  • Keri-Anne Lue
  • Toni-Anne Lue
  • Patrick Mills
  • Sebastian Molina
  • Michael Pilch

WA Robotics Team Wins Mission Mayhem Competition

October 26, 2017 Posted in: School News Tags: ,

MM-2017-dupOn Saturday, October 21, your WA Robotics Team FRC Team 744—Shark Attack competed in Mission Mayhem, a local competition among 23 Florida based robots, including seven teams that participated in this past year’s World Championship in Houston.

During the opening ceremonies, Jenae Katic, Keri-Anne Lue, and Maddy Weissman sang the national anthem—a perfect beginning to what would be an almost perfect day of competition.

In perhaps the most amazing performance in the history of our team, we won every match in qualifying rounds easily earning a first place ranking. During the elimination or final rounds, we won all but one match easily finishing as champions. Our robot required only routine maintenance and our team performed with excellence all day long.

Also, more than 20 team members worked to help build and operate the playing field. Three mentors on our team maintained the website, established live streaming of the competition, and assisted with field maintenance. Four students assisted with field reset/operations.

Well done Robotics Team!

WA Robotics Invites You To Mission Mayhem First Robotics Competition

October 19, 2017 Posted in: School News Tags: , ,

Screen Shot 2017-10-19 at 3.07.27 PMWritten by John Mills ’18

You’re invited to the Mission Mayhem FIRST Robotics Competition! This event will take place this Saturday, October 21, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and will be located in the gym at Dillard High School. Come cheer on WA’s Robotics Team, Shark Attack FRC Team 744, and they’ll be glad to give you a tour around our pit. Who doesn’t want to watch robots compete? Admission is free! This is your chance to come out and see our robotics team in action without taking a long trip! Here is the day’s official agenda:

  • 8:00 a.m. – Opening Ceremonies, Team 744 sings the National Anthem!
  • 8:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. – Qualification Matches
  • 12:45 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. – Lunch
  • 1:30 p.m. – Alliance Selection
  • 2:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. – Elimination Rounds
  • 4:45 p.m. – Awards

Please visit the Mission Mayhem website for directions and more information. For more information regarding Robotics at WA, please visit sharkattack744.com, email at sharkattack744@wa.edu, or by phone at 954.771.4615, ext. 2220. For more information on FIRST, please visit firstinspires.org.

New Maker Club Added To WA Discover Programs

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Just a quick reminder that registration is now open for Discover, Westminster Academy’s after-school and enrichment activities. Please click here to log in or create an account and register your student for classes.

Please see below for the latest offerings for the first quarter of school:

  • Project Artwork with Mrs. Beaupied (Tuesdays 3:10 p.m. to 4:10 p.m. in Art Room)
  • Golf (Thursdays 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on WA Soccer Field)
  • Cheerleading (Fridays 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in Music Room)
  • Sewing (Mondays 3:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. in Art Room)
  • Art with Patty Moore (Wednesdays 3:10 p.m. to 4:10 p.m. in Art Room)
  • Bright & Smart Robotics (Mondays 3:15 p.m to 4:45 p.m. in Room 108)
  • CSI (Creation Studies Institute) (Thursdays 3:15 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. in Art Room)
  • Board Games Club with Mr. Kalb (Tuesdays 3:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. in Room 116)
  • NEW!—Maker Club with Ms. Timmer (Mondays & Wednesdays 3:15 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Room 134)
  • Piano (Starting the week of September 6)
  • Swimming Programs (please visit westminsterswimming.com)
  • Worship Arts Program (please contact Christye Crevier at christye.crevier@fbcfl.com or 954.445.1300)

We look forward to providing wonderful opportunities for your student in our Discover program. For more information, please email Julia Walker, After School/Enrichment Activities Coordinator.

 

The WA Lego League Robotics Club

August 29, 2017 Posted in: School News Tags: , , ,

Written by John Mills ’18

The Westminster Academy Lego League Robotics Club is now entering its second year, and it is still accepting applicants. Available for grades four through six, the League is a FIRST robotics program, joining the middle and high school FIRST teams, making robotics programs now available for all ages of students at Westminster Academy. We sat down with Mrs. Moore—co-mentor of the League, with Mrs. Shyne—to get the scoop on the WA Lego League.

“Not only is the League about building and programming robots, as you’d expect,” Mrs. Moore commented, “but it had three primary parts.” The first and most apparent part of the Lego League is the “building and programming of a robot using Lego Mindstorms, which perform given tasks for the year’s assignment,” Mrs. Moore reported. Some robots are from Lego’s instructions, but kids can add attachments and customize and make up their own. Each year, the organization is given a theme, or task, for the project and the competition. Following last year’s animal ally tasks, “this year’s is rumored to be hydrodynamics.”

However, “members do all kinds of things, not just work on the robots.” There is more to Lego League than just robots. Students also research, create, and propose a creative, non-robot solution to a real world problem, selected based on the year’s theme. Since last year’s theme was “animal ally,” and our high school team is Shark Attack, team members researched and created a possible solution to shark depopulation. Public education that sharks are not evil was their solution, “though they are scary, they’re important to the ecosystem.” They also started a FedEx petition to stop shark fin shipping and poaching. Their proposition was presented in front of the whole lower school in the form of a creative, comedic skit.

The same “core values” promoted by FIRST in the high school team are promoted here in Part Three. Members learn lessons about teamwork like gracious professionalism, cooperation, and critical thinking. Additionally, they do a lot of team building exercises. The robot is the draw in, but there are so many other educational aspects for kids to start them on their STEM path. “There are things for everyone to do if you’re interested.”

Currently, the club has open weekly meetings on Tuesdays after school, in the Lower school computer lab from 3:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. For more information contact mentors Mrs. Moore or Mrs. Shyne.

Discover WA After-School & Enrichment Programs

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Registration is now open for Discover, Westminster Academy’s after-school and enrichment activities. Please click here to log in or create an account and register your student for classes.

Currently, we are offering the following programs for the first quarter of school:

  • Project Artwork with Mrs. Beaupied (Tuesdays 3:10 p.m. to 4:10 p.m. in Art Room)
  • Golf (Thursdays 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on WA Soccer Field)
  • Cheerleading (Fridays 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in Music Room)
  • Sewing (Mondays 3:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. in Art Room)
  • Art with Patty Moore (Wednesdays 3:10 p.m. to 4:10 p.m. in Art Room)
  • Bright & Smart Robotics (Mondays 3:15 p.m to 4:45 p.m. in Room 108)
  • CSI (Creation Studies Institute) (Thursdays 3:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. in Art Room)
  • Board Games Club with Mr. Kalb (Tuesdays 3:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. in Room 116)
  • Piano (Starting the week of September 6)
  • Swimming Programs (please visit westminsterswimming.com)
  • Worship Arts Program (please contact Christye Crevier at christye.crevier@fbcfl.com or 954.445.1300)

We look forward to providing unique opportunities for your student in our Discover program.