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Two Teams, Two First Place Finishes: WSA Robotics and Knowledge Bowl

December 03, 2018
By Susan Trower

WSA Robotics team at work - December 2, 2018WSA's Robotics team competed in their second interleague qualifier event of the FIRST Tech Challenge season on December 2 at Bellarmine Preparatory School in Tacoma. Thirteen schools from around the Olympic Peninsula and Tacoma are in the Maxwell League of Washington State's FIRST Tech Challenge and competed in the event. WSA's team won all five of their matches to take first place! Thank you to our sponsors!Coaches Spencer Tryba, Jen David, and Lionel Pummell were very pleased with the terrific effort from the team. Next up: WSA Robotics will be going to the interleague championship event on December 15 at the Amazon Doppler Building in Seattle. 

2018-2019 WSA KB team - Tina Cachules photoA couple days earlier, on November 30, WSA's Knowledge Bowl team competed in the first regional competition of the season at North Mason High School in Belfair.  Teams came from schools throughout the Olympic Educational Service District area, from Port Townsend to Olympia. West Sound's top squad, WS1 (also known as "Team Manifest Westiny"), took first place with 103 points for the day, 16 points higher than the second place team. Coaches Catherine Freeman and Lionel Pummell were very happy with the day's scores. The next regional competition for is January 10, followed by the State qualifier on February 7.

Congratulations to our Robotics and Knowledge Bowl teams! ...and GO HAWKS!!!

December, 2018: Coming Up at West Sound Academy

December 03, 2018
By Susan Trower

Hour of CodeDecember 4:

On December 4, 2018, during the last hour of the school day.... WSA students are doing an

              Hour of Code!

 

going through their choice of a selection of programming tutorials.

 
 
 

Frodel Hall on the West Sound Academy campus - Mark Gsellman photoDecember 9:

Admissions Information
     Session and Tour

December 9, 2018
Sunday
1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

Admissions Information Sessions introduce our faculty and program to interested families.

Visitors will learn about our academics and extracurricular activities, meet the Head of School and some of the faculty and students, and take a tour of the campus. Anyone interested in joining us for an Admissions Information Session can send an email to Lisa Gsellman at lgsellman@westsoundacademy.org.  For a map and driving directions to West Sound Academy, click here.

 

Read more about WSA events in December!

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Full STEAM Ahead at WSA Technology Access Center Grand Opening

October 07, 2015
By Susan Trower

West Sound Academy's Technology Access Center (TAC) received a proper grand opening on October 6, 2015, complete with ribbon-cutting and tours.

Poulsbo Mayor Becky Erickson, with help from some WSA students, cut a ribbon with a pair of sharp giant scissors, allowing the assembled group of students, parents, and community members to come take a look at the "TAC Room" inside of Ryan Hall.

Mayor Becky Erickson gets some help from 6th grader Matt Thornell
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The new facility has WSA's students and teachers eager to proceed "full STEAM ahead" with the school's STEAM curriculum initiative, combining the STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) with Art and Design.  

7th Grader Chase Van Derrick demonstrating his skills in the Alice programming language
Espen Swanson photo

Students enrolled in 6th Grade Introduction to Technology, 7th Grade Computer Language and Logic, and 8th-12th Grade Robotics elective classes were on hand to show off all of the new gear.  

The TAC has 16 PC work stations (plus a teacher work station) equipped with 3D design software that allows students to work with the Cubify 3D printer and scanner.

WSA Science and Technology teacher David Miller had his Robotics and Introduction to Technology students show visitors what they've been working on during the first month of school.  Teams from the Robotics class demonstrated the capabilities of the LEGO EV3 robots to navigate obstacle courses, follow along walls, and use the gyro-sensor to be self-balancing.  The 3D printer was running, printing out a design created using Blender, the 3D program used by the 6th graders. 

Seventh graders were stationed at the PCs, showing off their coding skill.  The Computer Language and Logic class taught by WSA Director of Technology Lionel Pummell focuses on Alice, but some in the class have jumped ahead to learning Java.

8th Grade Robotics student Sam Abraham with his robot going around a wall of math books
Espen Swanson photo

James Kolb, West Sound Academy's Director of Finance and Operations, was part of the team of school administrators and community members that helped make the 'TAC Room' a reality.  Kolb is happy to see students benefiting from the TAC, and he's looking forward to the future potential for the school's new resource, and not just for WSA students.

8th Grade robotics student Elliott Drewry
Espen Swanson photo

The school is in the application process to be a testing center for the Educational Testing Service's TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language).  A TOEFL center in Poulsbo would be a tremendous service to any international students on the Kitsap or Olympic Peninsulas seeking admission to American colleges, since the test is required for all non-English speakers. 

West Sound Academy is also hoping to partner with Kitsap Regional Library and Poulsbo Parks and Recreation to make the TAC available after school for use for classes offered by those organizations.  "This has long been a dream at WSA, so we’re very excited about the Technology Access Center," says Kolb.  "It’s an important step in our STEAM Initiative and gives us another way to welcome the wider community to our campus. "

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