BISD Forms a New Middle School Robotics Club
The Bainbridge Island School District has formed a new middle school robotics club. Paul Sullivan and Sean Eaton are the faculty advisors. This all district middle school club has formed to compete in the First Technical Challenge (FTC) robotics competition. The level of interest in the team has been so tremendous that the club has reached its maximum capacity already for this school year! This exciting STEM experience has been made possible thanks to the support of energetic teachers, students, parent mentors and funding from the Bainbridge Schools Foundation. For more information about FTC visit their website at http://www.usfirst.org/roboticsprograms/ftc
. For more information about the BISD FTC team and to follow their progress check back later.
Summer STEM Camps!
Our STEM Camps have all gone off without a hitch! Great work by teachers extraordinaire: Abigail Marshal (Blakely), Sam Cameron (Blakeley), Bill Covert (Wilkes), Cathy Lolley (Ordway) and Gabriel Carbajal (Ordway), Paul Sullivan, (Odyssey), Amy Evans, (Sakai) and Sean Eaton (Woodward). Our second week Middle School teachers were Amy Evans, Sean Eaton and Ben Hart (BHS).
We also had wonderful support from our High School Counselors and the morning spectaculars were brought to us by science teacher empressario Doug Olson.
A special thanks to the parents and the Bainbridge Schools Foundation for funding the STEM Initiative and making STEM Camp possible.
For pictures and more, Be sure to check out the Elementary and Middle School STEM camp websites to the left of this page.
April 28, 2014
Team Spartronics Returns From World FIRST Robotics Championships
Bainbridge High School's rookie robotics team finished the world championships in St. Louis last week ranked in the top 5% of all teams in the world.
The team placed 39th out of 100 teams in their division and have so much to be proud of. Their commitment to quality design, construction, and programming yielded a 1st year robot that stood its ground with top-ranked robots at the recent championship matches. The students have used their skills in sportsmanship, communication, and marketing to ensure the team made it all the way to the world championship level.
Congratulations to the students, mentors, and Coach Chee on a ground breaking first year of robotics competition.
Check out more details on the Team Spartronics web site:
April 16, 2014
Eagle Harbor Students Monitor Oyster Health
AP Environmental Science (APES) teacher Trish Corsetti and her Eagle Harbor High School students recently visited the Manchester Marine Research Center where a tour of the facility and visits with Puget Sound Restoration Fund biologists kicked-off a new addition to the APES curriculum. Thanks to a grant BISD received from 3M, students at both BHS and EHHS taking environmental science will now have the opportunity to work hands-on at oyster labs to help monitor the effects of ocean acidificaiton. The grant also includes a partnership with the Suquamish Tribe and Sea Grant to build student field-work lab modules and presents a fantastic opportunity for students to contribute to current, relevant, and real-world scientific research.
Summer STEM+ Camp Dates:
Parents mark your calendars! The BISD Summer STEM+ Dates are now official:
Elementary STEM+ Camp (Students completing Grades 1-3): July 21-July 24 from 845 – 315 at Wilkes
Middle School STEM+ Camp (Students completing Grades 4-6): July 28-July 31 from 845-315 at Woodward
Expert Classes run during the same weeks as the camps and may have an independent location. We hope to have beginner and advanced classes for coding, robotics and other classes this summer.
Look for our catalog of offerings in April!
Bainbridge Island STEM in the News:
FBLA - BHS Competitors Dominate
On February 8th fifty BHS Future Business Leaders of America members competed in the Peninsula Region FBLA Winter Competition. BHS students earned 42 top five placings in the various competitions offered. These competitions included topics such as, Economics, Introduction to Technology Concepts, Network Design, Business Calculations, Business Communications, Global Business, Sports & Entertainment Management, and Marketing. Students placing in the top 5 at the regional competition will continue onto state in April with a chance to advance to nationals this June.
Congratulations on a job well done!
Here's a great article from Inside Bainbridge on one of this year's popular Robotics Grants.
STEM Enrichment Opportunity
Girls Who Code
Girls Who Code is looking for amazing 10th and 11th grade girls in Seattle with a passion for technology and an interest in learning to code for their first Seattle-based 2014 Summer Immersion Program
hosted by Microsoft.
They are hosting an information session at the Impact Hub Seattle
on Thursday February 13th
. Join them from 5:00-6:30 pm to learn more about the program, its impact on past participants, and tips for submitting a successful application. This is also a great chance to meet the Girls Who Code staff, hear from the Microsoft team, and meet other leading women in the industry.
Students, parents and educators are encouraged to attend, so please share this with your community! Who:
YOU + Girls Who Code Where:
Impact Hub Seattle at 220 2nd Ave SWhen:
Thursday, February 13th from 5:00pm - 6:30pm
41K Ocean Acidification Grant -
This is an Inside Bainbridge article detailing the recent 3M Partnership Grant that will teach Ocean Acidification to our Advanced Placement Environmental Science students.
STEAM Camp Video - Here is last summer's Intermediate STEAM Camp Video by Collin Costello: STEAM Camp!
The Murden Cove Watershed Project. This is an amazing set of partnerships with our students at the very center of this citizen scientist effort. A great example of STEM learning!
The original 3M grant awarded to Islandwood involved creating an adapted curriculum for the District's Grade 5 students. The Water Resources Council provided expert consultation to the 3M Grant and later developed a more comprehensive approach to the overall watershed project. On the basis of this comprehensive approach, a National Estuary Program Grant has since been awarded. For more information about the Murden Cove Watershed Project, click here.
The Bainbridge Island STEM Initiative
Great STEM activities are happening here in the Bainbridge Island School District. Math literacy (numeracy) with Zeno Math, Science Activity Nights, ST Math, STEM Summer Camp and much more underway. Stay tuned by connecting to the Bainbridge Island STEM group on Linked In or visit the STEM Blog! page--even better, RSS to the Blog and keep up with all things STEM.
The Bainbridge Island School District Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Initiative has been made possible by the generous support of the Bainbridge Island Schools Foundation.
While the Mission of this initiative is designed to encourage students to consider STEM related fields after they graduate from High School, it's really much more. At its heart, we hope that this initiative may help students find their love for learning and help them to develop a sustained interest in what they are passionate about.
Please do take a few moments to peruse some of the resources or if you have any questions about the STEM Initiative please don't hesitate to contact:
Grades 9-12 STEM: Juliette Brown 206 855 0471 (email@example.com)