Scotlandville Middle Hosts Robotics Camp
- January 8, 2009
Will Robinson would be proud of the K-12 students who visited Scotlandville Middle Pre-Engineering Academy and Southern University Laboratory School recently for the University’s first Lego® Mindstorms® Robotics Camp. This was the first of two middle school robotics camps, and a second will be held in the spring.
The initiative was funded by the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Innovation and Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST). Each camp was staffed with three to four instructors, two high school student assistants and one pre-service teacher to oversee the middle school student participants.
The two primary goals of the camps were to introduce students to the design process and increase students' practical application and problem-solving skills through an intensive NXT computer course and daily robotics design challenges. Each site utilized the NXT Education Getting Started Package. These kits are a starting point for any robotics program, and they included enough sets for 24 students working in pairs and the NXT 1.1 programming software.
East Baton Rouge Parish School System staff participants were: Onetha Albert, Norman St. Amant, Ingrid Cruz, Christina Hillman-Vincent, Judea Goins-Andrews, Dyisha Morgan and Kelvin Gray. The robotics camps were a collaborative project coordinated by Leah Brown, Pamela Johnson, Dr. Michael Stubblefield, Dr. Dwayne Jerro and Dr. Fancesca Mellieon. A spring camp is currently being planned for both sites. The fall Robotics Camp student participants were:
Brian Bolden Deshund Jackson Jasmine Taplin Jasmine Odom Sydni Sanders Dakota Whitaker Trenton Culbert Melvin Evans Gwayne Hughes Anthony Williams Elijah Taylor Carl Joseph Chris Dickson Kenneth Johnson Malik Walker Juanisha Lee Clarissa Booker Darron Williams Brandon Davis
Principal Brister in Washington, D.C., to Accept McKinley Middle School’s Second Blue Ribbon Award
On Tuesday, November 13, 2012, Principal Herman Brister (pictured, left) and the school’s Teacher of the Year, Lynn Williamson (right), were in Washington, D.C., accepting McKinley Middle Academic Magnet School’s National Blue Ribbon Award from U.S. Department of Education’s Director of National Blue Ribbon Schools Program Aba Kumi (center). The event, which recognized some 314 schools from across the United States, was held at the Omni Hotel. Click herefor story.
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