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Jr Botball Area: Students 3rd grade and up Solve Challenges to Earn Badges
The rainy season is perfect for indoor Saturday indoor Math & Science Challenge Events!
Math & Science Challenge Events are non-competitive “tournaments” that allow K-8 students to experience the excitement of working to solve robotics challenges in the Arena.
Today we held our second Math & Science Challenge Event of 2019. Thank you to Hoover High and Wilson Middle School for hosting.
And thank you for the ongoing support of the San Diego Rotary Club, the Hoover High Computer Club and Teacher Jack Wetzel, and Pam Pham and the other Hoover Cluster Elementary Teachers. They have worked together to create a fabulous early learning STEM culture for their students!
Rotary Club of San Diego have joined with school principals to promote robotics based STEM
“Is your organization striving to attract and retain more young people into STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) areas? Are you aiming to increase the number of gender and ethnically diverse students who enter STEM educational programs and career fields?” — Dr. Mabry
With a message that resonates completely with the work that we do at CA Math & Science Challenge, Dr. Mabry provides insight into the answers in his powerful motivational video. Thank you Nehemiah J. Mabry, Ph.D. for the work you’re doing to empower our future’s future.
“We will be kicking off the School Year with a meeting of the School Champions on Thursday, October 4, from 4:30 to 5:30pm at Wilson Middle School ( 3838 Orange Ave., San Diego, 92105).. There will be familiar School Champions present, as well as some new Champions to meet, and it is always encouraging to have Rotary well represented at this initial meeting of the School Champions.
I view Rotary’s role as a facilitator for STEM projects, and some new projects will be presented to the Champions, as well as the popular Jr. Botball Robotics program.
Our Lead Coordinators this year will again be Phet Pease and Lily Vu Brown, and attached is Phet’s invitation to the School Champions and Principals to attend.”
Best of regards,
San Diego Rotary STEM Committee
Greetings Champions and Principals,
My name is Phet Pease and I teach STEM electives at Wilson Middle School. Over the past several years, Wilson has been working with the San Diego Rotary Club as part of their Rotary STEM Initiative, which makes a variety of STEM programs available to local schools. On behalf of the Hoover Cluster STEM leadership team, I would like to invite you to our STEM kick off meeting on Thursday, October 4th.
- WHO: Hoover Cluster STEM Champions (or those who aspire to become one!)
- WHERE: Wilson Middle School, 3838 Orange Ave, SD, CA 92105 in the library
- WHEN: Thursday, October 4th from 4:30 – 5:30 PM
- WHAT: Teaming up to provide more STEM opportunities for our students
- WHY: To provide a Support Group for STEM champions across the Hoover Cluster
Light food and beverages will be provided! Each participating Hoover Cluster school that is represented at the meet up will receive a free gift for your site!
Please extend this invitation to other colleagues at your school site or anyone else who you think might be interested! Please let me know if you have any questions.
Excerpt: “Creating a Classroom Environment That Fosters Engagement…
As someone who has been designing visual goal setting and feedback systems for years, the CA Math & Science Challenge! designer thought that “the unifying goal of always working to help JiJi the penguin cross the screen in ST Math, no matter what the math concept, was brilliant,” and that ST Math’s visual feedback system was first rate. “The students always have a sense of progress and momentum. That goes a long way toward explaining why ST Math is so successful across many different schools and districts.”
Although ST Math was a game-changer, he knew that for the program to truly be effective, there is still a large role for administrators and teachers to play.
“Schools often need help with two areas. The first is figuring out how to embed ST Math into school culture and goal setting systems to increase student engagement in school and at home. The second is discovering how to motivate teachers to play and understand every ST Math topic, and each game’s math learning goals for the grade they teach. This prepares them to integrate ST Math into their math instruction and to apply the concepts that students are mastering to other subjects.”
CA Math & Science Challenge! • K-6 STEM Sequence
If we want American math & science “athletes” to be stay competitive, we need to get every American child playing the game at a young age —giving them a lifelong Early Learning Advantage • “A good beginning ever ends… “
• sTEm = science Technology Engineering mathematics
• I.T. = Information Technology