The Hope Rising STEM Initiative challenged third grade student teams from across the district to research and engineer structures made from recycled materials that will protect communities from flooding. The Hope Rising Initiative is based upon the principles of education, elevation, and empowerment. Throughout the program we educated our students and the community about climate change and its impact on all of our lives. We helped to elevate the victims of these natural disasters through a district-wide fundraising effort that raised over $10,000 for those people affected in Houston and Puerto Rico. A special acknowledgement to Dr. Michael Conti School Public School 5 for raising $2,795 for Hope Rising. All fundraising efforts were donated to the Salvation Army’s Hurricane Relief program.
Hour of Code introduces students to the power programing
The Hour of Code aims to increase the presence of women and minorities in computer fields by providing a one-hour introduction designed to demystify "code" and to show students how they can be the authors of computer programs not just the consumers of them. In addition to helping students understand how the apps, internet and computer software we use is made, coding helps students develop problem-solving , logic and creativity skills. Learning to code provides students with have a foundation for success in any 21st-century career as well as help students be more aware of the many opportunities available in computer fields.
On November 20th, Koding Kurriculum came to PS 11 elementary school to host an Hour of Code event for almost one hundred third grade students. The organization, which seeks to connect technology and education, was represented by members Karl Haviland, a software engineer , Nick Intrieri, the senior director of operations systems support for AXA Equitable Insurance company. In addition to helping teachers introduce coding to students, both men spoke to students about the life of a software professional. They used lessons developed by www.code.org which teach students how to visualize problems, break them down into smaller steps, and sequence. For almost all of the students, this event was their first introduction into coding concepts.
When over 200 middle school students are cheering in a gym early on a Saturday, it might seem like a typical sporting event. But its not. These kids from schools across Jersey City were cheering for their friends and teammates as they showed off what the robots they created could do. This excitement was all part of the FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL) 2017 HYDRO DYNAMICS℠ Challenge that students have worked on all year. On December 2nd they came to Middle School # 4 to show their engineering stuff. Teams explored what becomes possible when we understand what we can do with water. They also built, tested and programmed an autonomous robot using LEGO® MINDSTORMS® technology to solve a set of missions in the Robot Game. Throughout their experience, teams adhered to the FIRST LEGO League's Core Values: celebrating discovery, teamwork, and Gracious Professionalism®.
First Lego League robotics introduces students to real-world engineering challenges by constructing Lego-based robots to complete tasks on a thematic playing surface. Each team researches and designs a solution for the problem posed by the challenge including designing a robot. They compete in Robot games and are assessed for quality of research, presentation, innovation, teamwork and exhibiting the Core Values of the First Lego League. This year the team from PS 27 took first prize in a very tough and competitive event.
The week leading up to a holiday vacation can sometimes drag, but not at PS 28 where students and teachers anticipated their time off by getting busy and getting creative in a weeklong Makerspace event.
Students selected from one of 12 possible creative challenges and worked on it throughout the week. The options ranged from STEM topics like Flood Proof Housing, Solar Oven Cooking, Catapult Challenge and Robots to the Rescue to opportunities for artistic expression like Poetry for the Soul, Storybook Writing, Holiday Parodies, and Songwriting. Topics like Binary Jewelry were a bit of both.