THS Robotics Club Takes Documentation Honor at Regional Tournament.

THS Robotics Club-2013-p01On May 11, the Trumbull High School Robotics Club traveled to Rahway NJ to compete in the Botball® NY/NJ Regional tournament.  The team has been planning, designing and building robots for the tournament since the kickoff workshop in March.  The robots compete on an eight foot square game board by sensing objects of various shape, size and color, retrieving them and placing them in specified locations.  This is done through a designed obstacle course that included other teams’ obstructing robots.

THS was challenged through the initial seeding rounds, earning 9th place out of 27 teams.  In the following head to head double elimination rounds, the THS team persisted in fending off many of the region’s other teams, culminating in a dramatic defeat of a regional superstar, The Peddie School.  The significance of this is that The Peddie School has a dedicated robotics class and laboratory, while the THS team is an after school club.

At the coTHS Robotics Club-2013-p02ncluding awards ceremony, THS was honored with the Judges Choice Award for the best documentation of robot development coordinated by Senior Grace Forster.  The other attending team members included Greg St Germain, Mason deMelo, Tommy Daly, Sam Nguyen, Dan Yankura, and Jack Tinker.  Aleksey Klimchenko, a significant robot building team contributor, was unable to attend.

The team is grateful for the long time support of the Trumbull ACE foundation, BEI and Trumbull Tech Foundation.

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BEI Mini Grant: World Wide Career Opportunities

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By Reenie Demkiw, Booth Hill School

Booth Hill School’s Fourth graders worked on a career exploration project. They each researched different topics pertaining to a specific country.  By doing this, they learned a lot about different cultures and the location of their country. By doing this research on specific countries using a combination of print and online resources, the students were able to learn about each country’s current economic climate. Learning about the industry, agriculture, geography, politics and exports encouraged the students to look at the various careers that people could hold in their country. Paying particular attention to each country’s current economy and career opportunities, they were able to compare and contrast those in the U.S.

After researching their topic, students did oral presentations to share the information they’ve learned with their fellow classmates, noting the careers that they found personally interesting along with a fact or two. Doing these presentations, the students were able to demonstrate their knowledge of what they have learned to apply it to their own lives.

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One speaker, Gillian Collings, spoke with the students about careers in writing and illustrating children’s books. She discussed how she got her ideas for her books and how the illustrations helped to enhance the story. She began writing in her later years after being a special education teacher for many years in the Trumbull Public Schools. It was a great example for students to realize that sometimes you can have more than one career, and it is important to do what you love.

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Yarolav Tereschenko, a violinist, who will compare career opportunities of musicians in Eastern Europe and the U.S. He will play several pieces and talk about the importance of music in our lives.

Dr. Nataliya Plesha, an environmental economist, will compare forest ecology in Ukraine and the U.S. and the steps both countries need to take to preserve the environment and move toward sustainability for maintaining the forests for our grandchildren’s children. A power point presentation will be given on the above topics.

I believe that this project allowed students to learn about a country’s economy and exposed them to a variety of careers around the world. The students truly enjoyed working on this project.