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STEM Programming

MONDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2019
Students Connect with First Lego League
Competition a Huge Success With Middle Schoolers
 
For the first time, Everett middle schools are participating in a worldwide robotics competition that introduces students to the fun and excitement of science and technology, while building self-confidence, knowledge, and valuable career and life skills.
 
The FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL), which is centered around theme-based challenges that engage children in research, problem solving, coding, and engineering, has been a big hit with the fifth and sixth graders who are members of the Robotics Clubs at their respective schools. The students and their teachers have fully immersed themselves in the challenging curriculum and competition the FLL provides. In fact, the district acquitted itself very well in its first-ever appearance at a regional qualifying tournament on Saturday, December 7 at the Shrewsbury Middle School. The Madeline English, Keverian, Lafayette, Parlin, and Whittier schools all showcased their skills against their peers from throughout Eastern Massachusetts and when the scores were tallied, the Lafayette team earned enough points to advance to the (FLL) Championship on Saturday, December 14 at Worcester Polytechnic Institute’s Harrington Auditorium.
 
“The level of engineering and computer programming the students mastered in just seven weeks of club meetings was phenomenal to see,” said EPS Science Director Ann Ritchie. “They’re already planning their strategy for next year.”
 
Ms. Ritchie added that creating Middle School Robotics Clubs has the crucial added benefit of enhancing and expanding interest in STEM subjects among girls. “We wanted to bring robotics to the middle grades where studies show girls’ interest in STEM can start to wane,” Ritchie explained.
 
In addition to the Robotics Club teachers and advisors, the teams were mentored by Everett High STEM Club members, under the direction of coordinated by faculty advisor Anna Seiders. “The students gained many skills, including teamwork, collaboration, and how to work out disagreements in a respectful manner,” said Whittier School teacher Dawn Munro. “The high school volunteers served as positive role models. My team has asked about also being a volunteer when they reach high school age.  They have also asked to participate again as a team member or ‘mentor’ next year.”
 
The FLL introduces young people to the fun and excitement of science and technology, while building self-confidence, knowledge, and valuable career and life skills. The program challenges students to think like scientists and engineers. Alongside adult coaches and mentors, teams solve problems and learn engineering concepts, presentation techniques and programming. It was created through a partnership between FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) and the LEGO® Group.
 
Benefits of the program include: 
• Learn teamwork skills
• Research challenges facing today’s scientists
• Design, build, and program autonomous robots
• Application of science and math concepts
• Hands-on problem solving
• Programming experience
• New real-world themed challenge each year
• Sports-like tournaments with judges and awards
ROBOTICS CLUB MEMBERS
ENGLISH SCHOOL
Alef Caldeira
Justin Posada
Ian Habeck Cunha
Nicholas Garofalo
Carlo Giannelli
Ashleigh Parlee
|Victor Caetano
Rene Lainez
Alison Martinez Martinez
Jonathan Hernandez
Raymond Blauvelt
Parsimar Pabla
 
KEVERIAN
Malak Abdel-Baky
Samir Dervisevic
Jonathan Peraza
Ali Raza
Daniella Rodriguez
Vesselin Thereault
Christopher Villalta
Andrew Portillo 
 
LAFAYETTE
Alexandra Demaria 
Victor Rosa
Lyndsey Sylva
Graziella Foster
Brady Stackpole
Neya Maharjan
Casey Martinez
Katherine Garcia
 
PARLIN SCHOOL
Norensha Pierre
Sabriyah Hurd
Jayden Solletti
Rafael Santos
Moises Interiano
Emily Ochoa
 
WHITTIER SCHOOL
Davi Oliveira
Luiz Silva Pinto
Jesmarie Gonzalez
Nicole Damaceno
Shamvawi Pradhan