Archives for April 2013

Who is the real Anastasia?

SAM_0118Biotechnology students at Stratford STEM Magnet High are trying to figure out who is the real Anastasia.  The teacher set the scenario based on the actual case study of the Russian Romanovs from the early 1900’s.  The students used simulated DNA from 4 possible Anastasia’s (their daughter) and determined if any could possibly be the real Anastasia. This was done through DNA fingerprinting with gel electrophoresis.

Just like real Crime Scene Investigators, students went to work to solve the case.

How?

The biotechnology students have been studying DNA fingerprinting through gel electrophoresis.  In gel electrophoresis, an electrical current is applied to a gel matrix which contains samples of DNA, RNA, and protein. The electric current causes the protein or nucleic acid molecules to move through the gel, allowing for the separation of molecules of different sizes. This technique is used to detect or isolate molecules of a particular size from a mixture of nucleic acids or protein organisms.

Wow!  Case solved thanks to the smart students at Stratford STEM Magnet High.

Antioch High School Latina students lend a helping hand

todos!“Can we do this again??”  was the first thing Karina Beltrán, a junior at Antioch High School asked after presenting corporate training  in Spanish to non-English speaking employees at the Brentwood Hilton Suites.  The Academy of Hospitality’s Spanish teacher Stephanie Ridley took four bright and ambitious young women who speak Spanish to the hotel to translate and present trainings to the staff.  The students, who were delighted at the thought of giving back to their own culture, also assisted the employees in filling out documents which acknowledged that they had taken part in their annual training session at Brentwood Hilton Suites.  Afterwards, a smiling Tom Rybak, General Manager at Brentwood Hilton Suites, enthusiastically extended an invitation to work with the Antioch juniors again, which they glowingly accepted. This collaboration continues to strengthen and expand the partnership between Antioch’s Academy of Hospitality and Brentwood Hilton Suites.

 

When Ms. Ridley first asked Priscilla Serrano, a graduating senior, if she was interested in translating, Priscilla calmly replied, “Of course!  I mean, we’ve been translating all of our lives!!”

 

Student translators were Ruby Lopez, Priscilla Serrano, Katrina Beltran, Clarisa Arias.

Realizing the Dream: Equality for All

Two students from Stratford STEM Magnet High School took top honors in the Tennessee Bar Association’s 2013 Law Day Essay Contest.  Layne B. won 3rd place and will receive $100 from the Nashville Bar Association. Read his winning essay below. 

 

Equal Rights for Homosexuals

 

The Declaration of Independence states, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights.” These words were written over two-hundred years ago, and even then, the people believed in the importance of equality. All men are created equal, and therefore there should be no discrimination. History shows the discrimination of African-Americans and how our country has evolved regarding racism, but now there is a form of discrimination that is becoming more prevalent. This form of discrimination is towards those of other sexual orientations, such as those who are gay, lesbian, or bisexual. Discrimination, under any circumstances, is morally wrong, and discrimination based on sexual orientation needs to be addressed.
Along with the degrading discrimination based on sexual orientation, comes the subjection of verbal abuse and other hate crimes. A gay and lesbian anti-violence report states that 75% of hate crimes are committed by people under the age of 30, and one in three are under the age of 18. More than 80% of victims of violent hate crimes never report the incident, because many are afraid they will be ousted. Such horrific discrimination and violence can often result in low self-esteems, and in some cases, even suicide. Young lesbians, gays, and bisexuals are at a quadruple risk for suicide than people of the same age that are straight.

This tragedy has even become prevalent in families. One study showed that 26% of gay and lesbian teenagers who came out to their parents were kicked out of their homes, and 42% of homeless teens are gay, lesbian, or bisexual.
There is even discrimination in the workforce. A survey of two- hundred employers showed that 18% would fire someone who was gay or lesbian, and nearly 30% would refuse to hire anyone who was gay, lesbian, or bisexual.

A study by the University of Maryland revealed that lesbians earn an average of 14% less than straight women who share the equal age, education, skills, and residence. Results like these are a direct violation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights that was invoked by the United Nations General Assembly. In the Universal Declaration of Human Rights it states that “every person has the right to work, and to just and favorable conditions of work” and “everyone, without discrimination, has the right to equal pay”, which is exactly what employers are disregarding. They are taking away people’s right to work and be treated fairly, simply based on sexual orientation, which has nothing to do with how productive an employee may be.

Gays have rights just like every straight person in the country, and one right that every person is entitled to is the right to marry. The government is violating individual freedoms that are in the Declaration of Human Rights, which gives everyone the right to privacy and to found a family, without any interference based on race, nationality, religion, or sexual orientation. The U.S government recognizes same sex couples and gives them a right to civil unions, but in most cases, not marriage. The federal government accounts over 1,700 benefits with couples who are married, not couples in civil unions.

Some of these benefits include spousal benefits, social security survivor benefits, and unpaid leave to care for an ill spouse. Also, the government has restrictions on whether or not gay couples can adopt children. In the U.S, it’s legal for single gay people to adopt a child; but for gay couples it is illegal to adopt children. There is no excuse for this discrimination from the government; there is no threat to society if gay couples marry, and there is no threat to children, should gay couples be allowed to adopt.
Discrimination via the government is to be expected, yet still unjust; but one source of discrimination is appalling. The gay and lesbian society is suffering discrimination from the churches in the country. The religious communities often believe that being gay is “morally wrong”, and refuse to allow gays in their churches and services. Catholicism and other religions that worship through the Bible often say, that in the Bible it says that gays will go to Hell.

It is wrong to discriminate this way, because not everyone worships through the Bible. In the United States, there are many different beliefs, and ways of life, and people should not be discriminated against simply based on their sexual orientation, just because the Bible, the church, or other religious material that states that being gay is wrong or unnatural. Every human is given the right to his or her opinion and is given the freedom of expression, so long as to not impose upon others’ rights. Being gay, lesbian, or bisexual poses no threat against anyone else’s personal rights or freedoms.

With all of the facts presented about the seriousness of discrimination of gays in today’s society, why would anyone want to choose to be gay and therefore subject themselves to the tragedy of discrimination? Being gay is not a choice; 28% of teenagers who are gay are forced to drop out of school. The harassment from the other students, the fear of being ousted, and the pressures to conform in society often becomes too much. Even 85% of teachers oppose and refuse to address these types of issues in their schools, or to integrate any type of lesbian, gay or bisexual theme into the curriculum or discussions.

A common misconception is that asking for Gay Rights laws is asking for special privileges towards the gay community. However, Gay Rights laws do not give the gay community any special privileges, but simply the same basic rights of equality that every straight person is given. The straight community has already been given theses rights for centuries, but these rights have been taken away consistently from the gay community and it is time for a change to occur. All men are created equal, and should be given equal rights as a consequence.

 

Stratford Student Wins District-Wide Essay Contest

Two students from Stratford STEM Magnet High School took top honors in the Tennessee Bar Association’s 2013 Law Day Essay Contest.  Desire B. won 1st place and will receive $300 as well as recognition by the Nashville Bar Association next Wednesday, May 1 at the Renaissance Hotel. His essay will move on to the state competition. Read his essay below. 

Realizing the Dream: Equality for All.

I grew up in a house made of sticks, mud, and dried grass in the middle of the Congo (also called the Democratic Republic of Congo.) My family of five lived on less than $1 a day. My school had no computers, no technology, and even that meager of an education wasn’t guaranteed. Several of my classmates were taken out of school and forced to fight for the army at a young age. I witnessed them carrying guns and with big smiles, fighting for a country that forced them to believe that the killing and raping of our people was something to be proud of. As luck would have it, my small frame and its perceived weakness kept me from being forced to fight at a young age. When I got older, my mother fought to protect me from the only consequence for young people who refused to fight…death.

When I was 8 years old, my mother began to talk about leaving the Congo. She began to speak of moving to a country of better opportunities.  This concept was so foreign to me. I had only known the dictatorship, violence, and fear that I had grown up with. My family and I had no choices. We could not speak against the corruption that still oppresses the people of Congo. We were poor and black in a war torn country where there were no opportunities and no equality. It was hard enough to keep alive and safe and fed.

It took seven years for my family to obtain a visa to come to America.  I arrived to America in 2010. I was told that not only was education free, but that the government required for me to be there. It is hard for me to believe that there was a government that would take a homeless child and feed him, clothe him, and make sure he had somewhere to stay. In the Congo, our homeless children remain homeless unless someone in his family or community steps forward to take care of him.

If America is the land of opportunity and freedom, the Congo was certainly hell.

I learned my new school in America, with its computers and books, about the US Constitution and how Americans have been guaranteed certain rights. Americans have rights not because of how much money they can bribe the government with, but just because they are American citizens.  I learned about how the dream of equality may be hard to obtain for all citizens but because of people like Dr. Martin Luther King, it is much more attainable here than in my home country of the Congo. Equality is a dream for every man, woman, and child that lives in the world. Unfortunately, that dream has varying degrees of actually coming true.

Sometimes equality is not just about getting equal pay for equal work. Or making sure that there are a certain number of minorities in a job. Sometimes equality is about having an equal opportunity under the law. I now have a chance to succeed, to become a doctor or lawyer if I wanted to. As a young black teenager, I realistically know that in the eyes of many I will never be equal to a young rich kid from one of these private schools in Nashville. I have an African accent that speaks volumes before I’ve even completed a sentence.

My journey through poverty and war has made me into the man I am today. While I may never be truly equal to the rich or to white people, I have opportunities in America that I would not have had in the Congo. That is truly something to be grateful for.

 

What does freedom mean to me?

Winners-PartnersWebJacob Perry of McGavock High School is the second-place winner of the Expressions of Freedom National Art Competition for digital short film sponsored by the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation. He will receive a $1000 academic scholarship and a national park pass for his film commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. Samera Mohamed is the third-place winner of the competition in digital short film and will receive $100 from the Friends of Stones River National Battlefield and a national park pass.

“This contest challenged students to share their personal reflections on what freedom means to them – with truly inspiring results,” National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis said.”Their art conveys the enduring themes of our nation’s struggles for freedom and equality.”

“Through our partnership with CMT and Rocketown in the CMT Academy of Digital Design and Communication at McGavock High School, we have been able to bring the story of the Civil War and emancipation to a new generation of students. Through their creative efforts Jacob and Samera are sharing these significant stories with other students and the public,” said Gayle Hazelwood, Superintendent of Stones River National Battlefield.

The nationwide student artistic competition offered youth an opportunity to connect with the many national parks that tell the stories of the nation’s journey from Civil War to civil rights – from Stones River National Battlefield to the General Grant National Memorial, from Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park to the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site. Competitors used their art to explore the enduring themes of our nation’s struggles for freedom and equality for all.

2013 marks the 150thanniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, issued by President Abraham Lincoln on January 1, 1863, which spelled out emancipation as the U.S. government’s new policy, a vital step on the gradual path to freedom for all Americans.

“Through this unique competition, we honor the American civil rights journey that began more than 150 years ago,” said Neil Mulholland, President and CEO of the National Park Foundation. “The National Park Foundation and its African American Experience Fund applaud the outstanding creativity of the youth participants and we are proud to help America’s National Park System ensure the important stories of our nation’s history are forever told.”

Ten winners and eight honorable mentions were selected from more than 250 student submissions in three categories: photography, poetry and digital short films. Students between the ages of 13-18 years were challenged to answer the question, “What does freedom mean to you?”

Something to Sing About

Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School, supported by the Music Makes Us initiative, is the nation’s only high school to have a student-run record label with distribution in conjunction with Warner Music Nashville. Its recording studio rivals commercial studios on Music Row.

Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School will hold a grand opening celebration of its state-of-the-art recording studio and student-run record label at a red carpet event on Wednesday, May 8 at 6:30 pm.

A special appearance by a Nashville performer will include a symbolic passing of the torch from one generation of music makers to the next. The studio and record label launch is an achievement highlighted by generous donors and vital partnerships. John Espisito, president & CEO of Warner Music, The Recording Academy’s Producers & Engineers Wing, and award-winning recording studio designer, Steve Durr, a Nashville resident and owner of Steve Durr Designs, have guided the project.

“The students at Pearl-Cohn are engaged in a highly creative endeavor that will bring tremendous value to their post-secondary choices,” Lauria Schell, director of Music Makes Us, states. “They are the fortunate beneficiaries of the expertise and generosity of our professional music community in Nashville.”

The recording studio features a 32-channel API 1608 console in the main control room. It has two editing suites and audio equipment from industry leaders, including Harman Professional, which includes JBL/KKG/ and Lexicon brands; API; Audio-Technica: Fredenstein Professional Audio; Shure, Inc.; and Solid State Logic. What’s more, Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School students will run a record label modeled after a corporate music label. Every year, one students will be named head of the record label. Students will sign, record, and promote student artists from the school district. Revenue generated from the school’s record label through the sale of songs will go to advancing music education through Music Makes Us.

 

Be sure to watch a video of the students work in the recording student and record label as well as take a virtual tour of the recording studio.

Sparta Bot takes the show on the road

Stratford STEM Magnet High School’s award-winning Sparta Bot is showing off its talents all over Nashville.  After winning the Highest Seed Rookie award in Knoxville, the Sparta Bots wanted to shoot Frisbees all over Nashville.

First stop, Metro School’s board meeting on April 9th.  MNPS board members were impressed not only at Sparta Bots abilities, but the teamwork and collaboration of Stratford STEM Magnet High.

The next stop was, Stratford STEM Magnet High School’s Academy partner, the Adventure Science Center.   On a beautiful Saturday, the team was able to show attendees Sparta Bot.  Visitors from near and far were impressed.

Even though national Robotics weeks has concluded, Sparta Bot intends on showing off its skills at the  Techville Conference April 22. Students will continue to showcase their robot.

Here is just one event you can expect to see us:

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Why did the chicken cross the road?

Onyedika M., a student at Overton High School, had the opportunity to work for the week of intersession at Trevecca Nazarene University’s Urban Farm.  Trevecca Nazarene University recently partnered with Overton High School’s newly developed Urban Agriculture pathway.  Onyedika M. reflects on his experience below.

 

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Onyedika, an Overton High School student, overcoming a light case of Alektorophobia (fear of chickens) with his unhappy therapist.

My experience at the Trevecca Urban Farm will definitely be a memorable one.  I was able to receive knowledge in an area that I was personally interested in.  I learned about aquaponic systems and about finding the micro climates within your own yard.  The farming techniques will prove invaluable when I plan to start my own mini-farm; although, the information was only part of what made the internship beneficial.

The people were another amazing thing about the experience.  The chance to meet Jason Adkins and the others made the atmosphere fun and relaxing.  Being around those who have a similar passion for agriculture was unique and refreshing.  It was through them that I was able to meet thechickens of Trevecca.  They were incredible because I have never been exposed to live chickens, and they were so colorful.  After we tended to the chickens, I had the opportunity to visit the urban garden project.  The idea of this project is simply amazing!  Working with other volunteers to complete a common goal is something I hope to be involved in.  I plan to continue working at Trevecca over the summer, and I hope to see the garden prosper.

International professionals visit with high school students

The average American will visit less than 15 places outside of their home state during their lifetime. However, that is not the case for a panel of international professionals who visited Hillsboro High School’s Academy of International Baccalaureate on Wednesday morning.

Ronald Schlincher, former American Ambassador to Cyprus, Mary Pat Silveira, former United Nations consultant, Charles Richard (Dick) Bowers, former U.S. Diplomat in Panama, Poland, Singapore, Germany, and Bolivia, and Patrick Ryan, former Intelligence Officer with the United States Navy, spent the morning visiting with high school students at Hillsboro about their careers and experiences. Student were then offered the unique opportunity to ask questions and hear personal advice and anecdotes.

 

IMG_1915Afterwards, students were able to have one-on-one conversations with the panel members and learn even more about the process of being an international professional. Thank you Ronald, Mary Pat, Dick, and Patrick for visiting with our students today and sharing your stories!

 

 

Ronald Schlicher served as a Foreign Service Officer with the Department of State from 1982-2011.  Among the assignments he held were Ambassador to Cyprus (2005-2008), Consul-General and Chief of Mission in Jerusalem (2000-2002), Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern Affairs (2009-2011), Principal Deputy Coordinator for Counter-Terrorism (2008-2009), and State Department Coordinator for Iraq (2004-2005), and Charge d'Affaires and Deputy Chief of Mission in Beirut (1994-1997).  He is fluent in French and several dialects of Arabic, and also speaks conversational Greek.
 
 On his retirement, Schlicher, who was raised in Chattanooga, relocated to the Nashville area.  He is currently a freelance consultant on international and security affairs, and also serves as Distinguished Adjunct Professor at the Near East and South Asia of the National
 Defense University in Washington, D.C. 
 
 Schlicher received his B.A. and J.D. degrees from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, where he served as Executive Editor of the Law Review and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.  He currently resides in Nashville.
Mary Pat Silveira retired from the United Nations in 2006 and is currently working as a consultant on issues related to sustainable development, public policy, and international organizations.
Silveira joined the United Nations in 1977.  During her 30-year career, she traveled on behalf of the UN to more than 100 countries and lived for several years in New York, Maputo (Mozambique), Luanda (Angola), Mitrovica (Kosovo) and Geneva (Switzerland), working on issues ranging from science and technology for development to sustainable development and from policy-making to emergency relief and peacekeeping.
A native of Nashville, she returned to Tennessee, where she teaches courses related to foreign policy at Vanderbilt University’s Osher Lifelong Learning Center.  In April 2012 she completed two two-year terms as President of the Nashville Cordell Hull Chapter of the United Nations Association-USA.

Silveira earned her Ph.D. in international relations and political science at the University of California, Berkeley and has published a number of books and articles on international relations, public policy, and sustainable development.  She currently serves on the Boards of the local chapter of the United Nations Association, the Tennessee World Affairs Council, and Vanderbilt’s Osher Lifelong Learning  Center, and is a member of the US Global Leadership Coalition’s Tennessee Advisory Committee, the Steering Committee for “Our Muslim Neighbor,”  and the Organizing Committee of the Family of Abraham.

Ambassador Charles Richard (Dick) Bowers is a retired career Foreign Service Officer who served in U.S. diplomatic and consular positions at the American Embassies in Panama, Poland, Singapore, Germany and Bolivia. During tours of duty in Washington D.C. at the State Department, he traveled to over 75 counties on negotiating, fact-finding and trouble-shooting missions. He retired from the Foreign Service in 1995 after serving as the American Ambassador to Bolivia.
He studied political science, economics and international relations at the University of California, Berkeley, earning his BA, cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, in 1966 and his MA degree in 1967. He then immediately entered the U.S. Foreign Service.  From 1961 to 1964 he was on active duty with the U.S. Army and served in West Berlin at the height of the Cold War as a Russian linguist.

After leaving his diplomatic career, Amb. Bowers “thru-hiked” the Appalachian Trail, from Georgia to Maine and then hiked all 900 miles of marked trails in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  In 2004 he became the first Tennessean to reach the highest point of each of our 50 states (Mt. McKinley took 22 days). He is an avid and active member of Rotary International, and a board member of the TN World Affairs Council and the Nashville chapter of the United Nations Association

Patrick Ryan served 26 years in the United States Navy. He completed ten years of enlisted service reaching the rank of Chief Petty Officer before completing a BA (International Studies) at the University of South Carolina and commissioning at Officer Candidate School. His assignments as a submariner, surface warfare officer and intelligence officer included Bahrain, Italy and Japan as well as travel to about 50 countries, and tours of duty at sea and major headquarters including the Joint Staff in the Pentagon, the Center for Naval Analyses and US Central Command. He retired at the rank of Lieutenant Commander in 1998 to Washington, DC where he worked as a defense consultant and then as Vice President of the National Council on US-Arab Relations.  In 1999 he founded Ryan & Associates, an editorial consulting firm that he moved from Washington to Cookeville in 2001, that focuses on international affairs projects.  He has created a variety of Internet projects for international clients with an emphasis on Middle Eastern affairs, especially Saudi Arabia, and serves as Editor in Chief for several online news services.  In 2007 he founded the Tennessee World Affairs Council, a nonprofit, non-partisan educational charity which aims to bring global awareness education programs and resources to Tennessee communities and schools.  He serves as its volunteer President.  Lieutenant Commander Ryan is active in the community and is a Past President of the Cookeville Breakfast Rotary Club and former Boy Scout Troop Committee Chairman

 

Deloitte wins prestigious volunteer award

Some service projects last for a few hours, and some last for a few days. For Deloitte, however, making sure that more students have access to higher education opportunities is a year-round commitment. It is for these reasons, and Deloitte lasting commitment to the Academies of Nashville, that they won the Corporate Service Project Category of the Mary Catherine Strobel Volunteer awards on Tuesday afternoon.

 

Deloitte’s efforts began in 2011 with the inaugural Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Drive for seniors at McGavock, Antioch, and Overton high schools. The school’s own efforts to promote financial air opportunities in previous years met some challenges- in 2010, only five students attended McGavock’s FAFSA workshop. When Deloitte jumped in, all of this changed.

 

Rather than making the drive a standalone event, Deloitte promotes FAFSA awareness throughout the school year. The Deloitte team organizes “Financial Aid Nights” at the schools, securing dynamic speakers to educate students about the availability for resources for college-bound graduates; hosts job shadowing for students; offers opportunities for students to visit local colleges; and organizes the FAFSA Drive, during which FAFSA volunteers provide individual assistance in completing each student’s application.

 

Teachers at each of the schools say that many of the families and students would not be able to move forward with their dream of postsecondary education without this type of one-on-one assistance.

 

These efforts, combined with the commitment and dedicated of the Deloitte volunteers, have resulted in a steady increase in the number of students completing FAFSA forms over the past three years. Thanks to Deloitte’s support, the dream of college is now a reality for 614 local students, and counting.

 

Congratulations and thank you for everything you do with the Academies of Nashville.

 

Hillsboro Students Job Shadow at Belmont College of Pharmacy

From Belmont University News and Media Blog

Hillsboro High School students visited the College of Pharmacy March 20 as part of a job shadowing program designed to expose them to the pharmacy profession and expand student interest in the pharmaceutical field.

“Health care and pharmacy are changing now, and the industry wants to be prepared. PharmD is a terminal degree and a commitment. The high school age group is good to target because they will know whether this is for them or not,” said Assistant Professor Edgar S. Diaz-Cruz, who serves as an advisory board member for Hillsboro’s Global Health Academy. “High school students also can gain valuable experience as a certified technician, and we want to expose them to that. This was a chance for them to see our facilities and research labs and get to interact with our students and faculty.”

The job shadow day was made possible in part by the Walgreens Diversity Donation award, which aims to recruit minorities to the pharmaceutical field.

“I never thought about all the things pharmacists do, like working in labs and making medicine. It’s a broad field,” said Hillsboro junior Zacnite Vargas. She said she is now considering pharmacy in addition to her previous goal of pediatric medicine.

 

The students learned about the formulation of drugs, careers in pharmacy, visited Belmont’s Pharmacy and simulation labs and met with Dean Phil Johnston.

“It’s important for our kids to know the opportunities available to them, what is expected of them in college and that what we are doing in school is on target for them to get there,” said Hillsboro health sciences teacher Emily Carter, who accompanied the seven students on their visit to Belmont. “This was a fabulous opportunity to get them re-engaged in their classes.”

Fourth-year pharmacy student Cortney Manning showed the high school students around the pharmacy, how to fill a prescription as well as the steps taken to ensure the correct medications get to the right person.

“It was nice to give them tips that would help them be successful in pharmacy school and influence their decisions to come to a pharmacy school at all,” she said.

Team SpartaBot making a statement at Regional Competition

Ten Engineering students at Stratford STEM Magnet High School were determined to highlight the “e” in STEM Magnet and make the city of Nashville and Stratford proud. And they did it in spite of the hardships and setbacks handed to them early on.

After their engineering teacher left in December, the students decided to forge ahead and build a robot that would be entered into the FIRST Robotics competition. The Frisbee shooting Sparta Bot was born.

These 10 engineering students met after school for 6 weeks in January and February to build their creation. After the 6 week build, team Sparta Bot shipped their creation off to Knoxville to be entered into the FIRST Smoky Mountain Regional Competition.

It wasn’t an easy competition.

Stratford SpartabotsIn the first round, the launcher arm malfunctioned, but with great driving skills, they showed the other teams this bot could defend. In the second round, the launcher arm worked and received high marks for accuracy. In the third round, other bots took notice of the Frisbee shooting robot, and Sparta Bot became the primary bot to block. Despite defensive efforts by the other bots, Team Sparta Bot had the highest score and won the Highest Seed Rookie Award.

What a great story of teamwork, expertise, and determination.

“Simplicity is victory,” said Logan, the team captain. The entire Sparta Bot team is super excited about their win and cannot wait compete again.

Team Sparta Bot:

  1. Michael I. – 9th grade
  2. Kendall J. – 9th grade
  3. Melanie H. – 9th grade
  4. Logan A. – 11th grade
  5. Patrick W. – 11th grade
  6. Bryce O. – 9th grade
  7. Michael S. – 9th grade
  8. Jonathan S. – 9th grade
  9. Kameron A. – 9th grade
  10. Hallie C. – 9th grade