STEM for All
UP, UP AND AWAY AT STEM EXPO!
Harmony School of Science - Austin hosted its first annual STEM Expo on March 14th, 2019. The elementary student-led event included demonstrations & presentations from the Aviation & Drone Club, Gifted and Talented students, the Robotics Team, and STEM lab students. Students were also able to get hands-on experience with Robotics activities.
HARMONY WINS AT REGIONAL SCIENCE OLYMPIAD
Middle School students at Harmony Science Academy - Pflugerville and Harmony School of Endeavor - Austin brought science to life at the 2019 Regional Science Olympiad held at Texas A&M University this March.
TEAM ENDEAVOR ROCKETRY CHALLENGE
Teams Endeavor 1 and Endeavor 2 of Harmony School of Endeavor - Austin launched their rockets and are awaiting their official qualification score this month! We wish them luck and hope to see them at Nationals in May!
HELLO HARMONY II
Harmony Science Academy - Cedar Park 4th and 5th grade students presented their web development projects at the Hello World Student Demo Day at Google headquarters after months of coding work. Funded through a grant from RetailMeNot, Inc., Hello World Studio engineers have been teaching web development to now two campuses at HPS Austin. Last semester, students from Harmony Science Academy - Austin were also graciously funded for a semester of coding. #HarmonyCodes
HARMONY HACKER AT 2019 SXSW HACKATHON
Harmony School of Endeavor - Austin senior, Fakhri, and a team of developers and coders collaborated together for their app, Radar - “Identifying Emerging Viral Personalities for Music Career Development,” at the 2019 SXSW Hackathon event. The hackers had access to official Artists and Entrepreneurs-in-residence, public APIs and tools. Although, the Radar team did not continue on to the next stage, the opportunity to present was enough to be #HarmonyProud of Fakhri and his team. Congratulations!
PI FOR ALL
On March 14th (3.14), those who know and love Pi (π), the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter (which is also 3.14), come together and revel in the beauty that is the endless number. For two students at Harmony Science Academy - Pflugerville, they proved to be devoted fans of Pi by memorizing part of the neverending number. After a contest that tested how many numbers of Pi that students could remember, middle school student Pranav and high school student Luis won and took home the medals of honor! Pranv knew the first 136 numbers and Luis knew 108!
HPS Austin Promotes a Love of Learning
HARMONY EXPLORES UT AUSTIN
Students from the College Readiness and Leadership Program of Harmony Science Academy - Pflugerville and Harmony School of Excellence - Austin attended the Explore UT event this March at the University of Texas at Austin campus. During the Saturday field trip, students had an opportunity to get a first-hand view of UT Austin through a guided tour. Harmony students enjoyed the day learning about program offerings through hands-on activities, faculty visits, and demonstrations.
“It was really exciting to have such a hands-on experience with all the different options I have waiting for me after I graduate,” said Kiela, HSE-Austin 9th grader.
Thank you to the following colleges for hosting a booth: University of Houston, Regent University, Blinn College District, University of North Texas, Huston-Tillotson University, Texas A&M International University, Texas A&M University, Peloton U, University of Houston-Victoria, Austin Community College, The Art Institute of Austin, Avenue Five Institute!
Thank you to Plumbers & Pipefitters Local Union #286, Foundations Communities College Hub, Frost Bank, Austin Code Department, YMCA, The Thinkery, Workforce Solutions, Amazon, Girls Empowerment Network, The Health Professionals at CyberTex Institute of Technology, Austin Film Society, and Mexic-Arte Museum for hosting an interactive table at HSE's career fair!
WHAT'S HAP'PEN'ING AT HARMONY?
The Leadership Club at Harmony Science Academy - Austin was visited by a special guest speaker Ms. Aida Cerda-Prazak, founder of the Austin Pen Club. Ms. Cerda-Prazak engaged students with a hands-on lesson about pen care and taught HSA students how to clean and refill ink in their new Shark Foundation Pens which were donated by Kinokuniya Book Store.
“Austin Pen Club is thrilled to be able to reach out to young people and introduce them to the love of writing and learning about different types of pens. The desire and interest is obviously there and we’re happy to help them learn about the joy of using and collecting fountain pens.”
INSPIRING YOUNG MINDS AT CAREER DAY
Harmony School of Innovation - Austin opened its doors and welcomed Career Day into its hallways on March 15th. Kindergarten through 5th grade students were wowed by a variety of professionals from different fields of work across Austin. Students also dressed up as the profession they aspire to be.
Throughout the day, Harmony students, alumni and their families conducted sit-down office visits with their hometown officials. Select students also served as official House and Senate pages during Harmony on the Hill.
HARMONY STUDENTS SHINE AT TEXAS WE DAY
On Wednesday, March 27th, National Honor Society of Harmony School of Excellence - Austin traveled to Dallas, Texas, where they were honored at WE Day Texas for their volunteerism and support in Austin’s Dove Springs community. WE Day is the global celebration that puts a spotlight on young people committed to empowering their local communities through various acts of community service. NHS members were able to hear from world-renowned social activists like George Takei from the Star Trek franchise, Margaret Trudeau of WaterAid Canada, and Craig Kielburger, co-founder of WE Day. HSE-Austin was selected out of several high schools across the Texas region to be featured on stage to a global audience!
Khalid Jackson, HSE-Austin junior and Vice President of the NHS, was selected to go up on stage to highlight their annual NHS Christmas Gift Giving event which seeks to relieve the financial pressures of the holiday season for families in the Dove Springs community.
“It was so cool being able to go up on stage and talk about how we’ve helped to make a difference in our community. During the last three years, we’ve been able to serve over 100 families in our community, and we are excited to see how much more of an impact we can create in the future.” - Khalid Jackson
IT'S MY PARK DAY!
For the seventh consecutive year, the National Junior Honor Society of Harmony Science Academy - Austin participated in ‘Its’ My Park Day’, one of Austin’s biggest city-wide volunteer events hosted by Austin Parks Foundation. This event encourages all residents from the city of Austin to sign-up for a project that can help to improve their local parks and greenbelts. NJHS middle school students led by teacher and NJHS sponsor, Ms. Abby DeShazo, volunteered their Saturday morning at the Gus Garcia Recreation Center on Rundberg picking up trash.
“It’s always a lot of fun when we get to come to help out at our local park. It really makes us realize how important it is to keep our community clean and not dirty because it’s bad for the environment,” said Jenibellerainna, 8th grader from HSA-Austin.
KEEP AUSTIN READING
On Saturday, March 1st, National Junior Honor Society students from Harmony Science Academy - Austin were able to bring the joy of reading to the Rundberg community with the installation of a Little Free Library at the Gus Garcia Recreation Center. Little Free Libraries encourage local communities to “take a book, share a book” which allows readers from all ages to enjoy a free book.
During the inauguration of the Little Library, HSA-A students, with the guidance of 5 engineering students from the University of Texas at Austin, helped dig a hole for the post and put the final pieces of the Little Library together. It was truly a community effort!
“It was a great experience being a part of setting this up for our local community. And we got to work with college students and meet new people because of it. It was a lot of fun,” said Gabriel Rodriguez, HSA-Austin 7th grade student.
Harmony Public Schools - Austin Superintendent Gina Gregory presented Officer Kianes with a framed picture of his student leaders at HSA-Austin.
Delano Brown, Site Supervisor for Gus Garcia Recreation Center, poses with Officer Kianes. Gus Garica Rec. and Officer Kianes have had a long history of providing family-friendly resources for the Rundberg community.
Aida A. Cerda-Prazak, member of Rundberg Educational Advancement District and founder of the Austin Pen Club, poses with Officer Kianes.
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