The week of April 23-28th the eight qualifying members of the THS Honors Marketing program made the trip to Anaheim, California to compete against the World’s Best Marketing and DECA students. Over 16,000 student representatives from various high schools throughout the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, Germany, and Guam were tested on topics such as business operations, business management, finance, entrepreneurship, and business administration. The competition was extremely rigorous as they included both a written exam as well as a series of role play components.
The students worked extremely hard and behaved professionally at all times. They are so grateful for this opportunity and the support from Trumbull’s Board of Education, High School Administration, PTSA, Business Education Initiative, ACE Foundation, and local community establishments Old Towne Restaurant, and Dunkin Donuts that made this memorable experience possible.
TrumbullBEI was able to support this project financially thanks to corporate donors who contribute to TrumbullBEI.
Red Knot and Horse Shoe Crab
TrumbullBEI Minigrants at work: Fourth grade students of The Trumbull Academically Gifted Program (TAG), instructed by their teachers Mrs. Huffman and Mrs. Sage-Rosenblatt, acted as field researchers while studying the interspecies dependency between the horseshoe crab and the red knot gull.
As part of the Science Academy, Fourth grade TAG students have studied the plight of the horseshoe crab and the red knot gull. We have become scientists and are sharing the results of our research this evening. We had the opportunity to choose how we shared our final product with you this evening, so each project is different from the rest.
In the field…
The THS 2012 Botball® Team displays their best code in tournament and top ten left standing awards. First Row: Mason DeMelo, Greg St. Germain, Kate Craddock, Second Row Richard Geurin, Mike Schriefer, Mike Piscitelli, Tom Daly, Back Row: Aleksey Klimschenko
On Saturday, May 12, the Trumbull high School Robotics Club sent eight of its members to Rahway New Jersey to compete in the NY/NJ Regional Botball® robotics tournament. The tournament followed seven weeks of intensive design, construction and programming of robots to perform maintenance tasks on a simulated coral reef restoration project. The robots were designed and built of hardware supplied by the tournament organizers. Robot programming was written using the widely accepted “C” programming language.
In the first “seeding” rounds of the tournament, the teams compete to score the maximum number of task-associated points without interference from a competing team. The following double elimination rounds are run head –to-head against opposing teams selected through the scores on the seeding portion of the tournament. At the end of the full day tournament, Trumbull’s team was awarded best program code for the tournament as well as recognition as one of the last ten standing after the elimination rounds. Though the preparations were grueling, the team was very pleased with their robots’ performances and the recognition they earned.
It should also be noted that the teams scoring higher than THS were from schools with scheduled robotics classes rather than an extracurricular club like THS. The team is very grateful to Trumbull ACE and BEI foundations for their support of the club’s participation in the tournament.
Greg St. Germain observes as Kate Craddock times her delivery of tilapia fish (ping pong balls to the THS robot on the tournament field.
Kate Craddock calibrates the robots’ launch system in preparation for the next round of competition.
Students attended and competed in an actual mock trial competition against students from other high schools across the state. The competition at Yale was the same structure as the high school competition sponsored by the CCLCE. The competition proved to be an invaluable asset to helping the students prepare for the high school competition. The students had to prepare and direct cross examinations, opening and closing statements and master the art of objecting. The students worked diligently in the days before this competition to better their overall ability and it was evident in both the Yale Competition and the high school competition. The Yale Competition helped give these students practical experience in a mock trial setting.
Fourth grade students of The Trumbull Academically Gifted Program (TAG) will act as field researchers while studying the interspecies dependency between the horseshoe crab and the red knot gull. Students will approach their learning through an inquiry based approach.
Students will be provided hands on experience in the field of media production while engaged in creating high quality multimedia presentations. Students will be given the opportunity to share video productions on local access cable television. Trained and experienced professionals will provide direction and instruction directly to students.
The Odyssey of the Mind (OoTM) is an international educational program whose mission is to provide creative problem-solving opportunities for students of all ages. Tasked with solving open-ended problems, students develop creative and critical thinking skills, an understanding of leadership and team building dynamics, and time and resource management skills. These are necessary and invaluable assets as students mature and, ultimately, enter the workforce in their chosen field.
Team Tashua, comprised of six 3rd grade students, finished second 3rd-5th grade division at the recent Connecticut OoTM statewide tournament, earning an invitation to the World finals where they will compete against teams from 35 states and 15 countries worldwide. Modelled after the Olympics, the World finals is a four-day event and includes opening and closing ceremonies, competitions and a variety of creative activities for the teams and coaches, many provided by leading scientific and research organizations such as NASA.