STEM Tag

The fourth and fifth-grade classes have been working hard on this year’s Science Fair projects. Each student did individual experiments as they displayed their knowledge of the Scientific Method. The fourth-grade winning projects were selected with the help of the National Honor Society. The fifth-grade students presented their projects before two judges on Monday, April 26. The judges were very impressed by all of the hard work, scientific thought, and creative display boards, making their job of deciding the top three very difficult. A special thank you to all of our judges: Mrs. Scasserra, Mrs. Pierce, Mrs. Leonard, and our...

Your WA high school robotics team, Shark Attack FRC Team 744, spent last weekend in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, for the Palmetto FIRST Regional Robotics Competition. The path to this three-day competition proved very difficult. Still, the heroic efforts of key mentors and students working many late nights resulted in a great robot with even greater potential. During the competition, the team completed and tested many mechanical systems. In addition, they completed, tested, and refined software to control each system. The randomly assigned alliance partners and opponents made for a tough competition in Myrtle Beach. However, by the final day of qualification...

The fourth and fifth-grade classes have been working hard on this year’s Science Fair. Each elementary class conducted a Science Fair experiment. Fourth grade did eight group projects in class, and fifth-grade students did individual experiments as they displayed their knowledge of the Scientific Method. The fifth-grade students presented their project before two judges on Monday, February 24. The judges were very impressed by all of the hard work, scientific thought, and creative display boards, making their job of deciding the top three very difficult. The boards are currently on display in the Lower School hallway. A special thank you to...

WA middle school robotics team, Shark A-Tech, participated in the FIRST FTC South Florida League Championship on Saturday, February 1, to finish out their season. These middle school students faced fierce competition, mainly because the FTC league is comprised of mostly high school students. The modifications the team made to the robot helped them climb the rankings. Throughout the day, the programming worked well, and they competed very consistently. Another coach commented she would prefer to pick Shark A-Tech as a team alliance, based on their performance, over some of the top-ranking teams. “Once again, Ms. Durica and I were very proud...

Even though our WA robotics team is busy preparing for competition, they invest their time serving their STEM community. Evidence from this year shows their legislative and community outreach continues to grow. This week, Shark Attack visited the state capitol on Tuesday, January 21, with several team members. They had the opportunity to visit Representatives, Senators, and their aides. In addition, they met with the Chancellor of Public Schools and Vice-Chancellor of Educator Quality at the Florida Department of Education. The students presented the benefits of the FIRST Robotics Program and requested support for House Bill #4355, sponsored by our own...