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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.

Discover WA After-School & Enrichment Programs

DiscoverLogo-951ede68-3e34-4485-8c8e-5aec4e0f07ed

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.

Robotics Summer Institute

May 25, 2017 Posted in: Academics Tags: , ,

There is no better way to prepare for robotics competition or classes in the fall than to take one or more workshops available this summer. This training is also great for students applying to colleges or technical schools or for anyone considering a STEM career.

Please refer to the attached flyers for descriptions of the five workshops offered this summer. Each student on our robotics team and all recommended incoming freshmen are eligible to take these workshops. Most workshops are free of charge! These workshops have been scheduled to avoid all overlap with WA summer school courses.

Students should apply early as some classes have limited capacity. For more information, please contact Mr. Kent Stolley at stolleyk@wa.edu.

WA Robotics Competes In The FIRST Robotics World Championship!

April 20, 2017 Posted in: School News Tags: ,

FIRST_horzAfter winning the Smoky Mountain Regional three weeks ago, Westminster Academy’s Shark Attack FRC Team 744, moves on to Houston this week to compete at the FIRST Robotics Championship. This is a world championship with over 400 teams competing. There are six divisions that the teams are assigned to. Our team is in the Newton Division. The qualifying matches start on Thursday, April 20, and go through Friday, April 21. The playoffs for each division will be held Saturday morning. Saturday afternoon the playoffs between the divisions played will be played at Minute Maid Park.

For information on the match schedules and results please visit The Blue Alliance.

To watch the action online, please visit TwitchTV

Go Shark Attack! Go WA Robotics!

Middle School Life Science & Engineering Field Trip

March 30, 2017 Posted in: Academics Tags: , ,

IMG_0005On Wednesday, March 29, our Middle School Life Science and Engineering classes, led by Mrs. Coury, went on an educational field trip they are unlikely to forget! Hosted by Dr. Floralba Arbelo-Marrero, Amy Ellis, Ph.D., and Jaime Picanol, Psy.D., of Carlos Albizu University, our students and chaperons were welcomed with refreshments, then they split into two groups and taken to see one of the presentations.

Our Life Science students began by sitting in with Dr. Amy Ellis to discuss biology, life sciences, scientific observations, mental health, and careers in psychology. She was able to conduct psychology experiments using simple materials and discuss the scientific method in psychology experiments. Dr. Ellis taught the students about mental health awareness by having interactive discussions with them while they took notes, observed, and reported back on the types of behaviors identified. She was also able to present and discuss the careers in psychology.

Our Engineering students began in the Exhibit with Dr. Picanol, where he focused on forensic psychology, neuropsychology, and Criminal Justice. Dr. Picanol went over learning, memory, and cognition in psychology. He demonstrated the scientific method using the laboratory mice and mazes, and a discussion related to his students’ science projects allowing for a question and answer period.

Once the presentations were completed the classes switched to get a chance to hear from both professors.

Students, chaperones, and parents alike were impressed by the information shared and were thrilled to see everything the professors were teaching them. The Carlos Albizu University was an amazing host, and our students are extremely thankful to have been given this opportunity.

Robotics Team Shark Attack 744 Wins Smoky Mountain Regional!

March 30, 2017 Posted in: Academics Tags: , ,

IMG_2924Westminster Academy’s High School Robotics Team, FRC Team 744 Shark Attack, traveled, to the Smoky Mountain Regional Robotics Competition in Knoxville, Tennessee, held at University of Tennessee’s Thompson-Boling Arena on Friday, March 24, and Saturday, March 25. It was a very exciting event with many close matches. There were many challenges to overcome with the robot, which the different members of the team addressed effectively.

Our team survey function was at a new level with students surveying each team’s matches and now entering the data on iPads. The data was immediately used to create strategies to win our next matches. Our programming crew was able to perfect the best autonomous routine at the competition. Our drivers and pit crew worked tirelessly to earn one of the highest records in gear placement at the competition.

The team was on the fifth seed alliance for the elimination rounds and won the competition. In addition, we received the Judges’ Award. The win in Knoxville qualified the team for the World Championship in Houston, Texas, in April.

Please pray for your high school robotics team as they prepare to play in the World Championship!