Student blog post:
Chappaqua has ten new FLL robotics teams! As far as we know, this is the largest number of teams in our town's history. FLL, or First Lego League, is a great way to get to know how to build and program EV3 and NXT lego robotics. In addition to lego robotics, there is a different theme each year that requires research and a presentation. Kids form their own teams and parents are the coaches. This is not a school related activity.
FLL Junior is for kids ages 6-9. FLL is for grades 4 to 8. There is also First Tech Challenge (FTC) and First Robotics Challenge (FRC) for high school students. It is still robotics, but much more advanced. There are competitions going on right now. You can learn more from Hudson Valley FLL. We will do another post update on how our teams do.
The PTA STEM Committee is hosting its second annual computer programming event on Friday, December 4th from 7 to 9pm at Bell Middle School. Hour of Code is run by Code.org, an organization that promotes computer science education. The goal... inspire kids to learn programming, a skill relevant to a 21st century career path. The evening is open to kids of all levels of experience, from kindergarten through 12th grade. Registration is now closed. EmailChappaquaPTAStem@gmail.com if you have any questions.
Welcome to 2015-2016! This is the Chappaqua PTA STEM Committee's second year, and we're ready to go! We're bringing back key events we kicked off last year. And we're ready to take on more. Our annual Hour of Code event will be Friday, December 4th, 7 to 9 pm at Bell. (Snow date, December 7th). The second annual STEM Fest is on May 14th, 2016, 9 am to 2 pm. If you'd like to join the committee, please email us at ChappaquaPTAStem@gmail.com. We're open to new ideas and suggestions. Here's to an amazing year.
Click here for details about an amazing opportunity this summer.
What can we say? It was an amazing day. Here are the stats and press coverage:
TOP TEN REASONS TO COME TO THE STEM FEST
1. It's Free and open to everyone.
2. You can see what your friends have invented. Underwater robots. Computer programs. 3D printed objects.
3. The flight simulator.
4. Chemistry experiments. Stuff you can't do at home.
6. Virtual reality programs from Google.
7. Live animals.
8. A keynote talk from the IBMer who co-invented the laser used in LASIK surgery.
9. Food from Skinny Buddha and Villarina's.
10. INSPIRATION! What will you dream up next?
(180 kids + 120 parents) x 1.5 hours equals....
See photo slide show here.
The Chappaqua PTA STEM committee hosted its very first Hour of Code this week. It was part of Code.org's international push to get 100 million kids to do an "Hour of Code." So how did we do? How many hours did we contribute to the drive? Leave a comment with your answer. #hourofcode And to learn more about Code.org's efforts to promote computer science education in schools, click here.