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Collaborating and Strategizing: WSA Robotics Meets Up with Girl Scout Team

October 16, 2019
By Jen David

WSA Robotics and SAFIRE PHOENIX Girl Scouts Robotics in the WSA TAC Room - October 12, 2019October is a busy time for First Tech Robotics teams all around the country as they race to build and program a robot that can execute challenging maneuver and build requirements prior to regional competitions starting the first week of November. Last Saturday the WSA Robotics club invited the SAFIRE PHOENIX Girl Scouts Robotics team to West Sound Academy to test out their robot on our competition field and to discuss strategy and build options for this year’s robot.

Led by our team co-captains, Aidan Phelan, '20 and Emma Longworth-Slone, '21, and SAFIRE lead coach, Tina Lindner, members shared what strategies they had for completing the challenge. Our WSA Hawks team, led by coach Lionel Pummell, demonstrated how our “bot” moves and our arm-extension plan. The two-hour meeting sped by so quickly, that we arranged for another team collaboration for Saturday, October 26th to strategize with more refined robot construction and programming.

Tags: CAS, clubs, Robotics, steam, TAC

What's That Green Stuff? Seniors Complete Their Independent Biology Experiments.

January 07, 2019
By Karen Mattick

Initial phytoplankton culture for a senior’s Biology project - Karen Mattick photoOf all the experiments running in the Life Science classroom during the seniors’ biology experiments, the bubbling beakers filled with something vividly green received the most attention. That green stuff is Nannochloropsis phytoplankton. The experiment investigated the effects of salinity on the photosynthesis rate of these microscopic plants. The student made use of a dissolved oxygen sensor from our growing collection of electronic sensors in order to measure changing photosynthesis rates.

This experiment is one example of the fifteen student-designed investigations created this year as part of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program’s Internal Assessments. Read more >>>

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WSA Robotics Team is Headed to State Championship in February

December 17, 2018
By Lionel Pummell

WSA Robotics team at work in the pits - December 15, 2018WSA’s Robotics team competed in the Feynman Interleague championship event of the FIRST Tech Challenge on December 15 at the Amazon Doppler building in Seattle. Thirty-seven schools from the Puget Sound area competed in the event. After a long day of intense competition WSA’s team made it into the semi-finals finishing second in qualifying points. Robotics competition arena - December 15, 2018Team captain Aidan Phelan then choose two teams to ally with, the Spartabots from Skyline High School and the Titanium Talons from Woodinville High School. WSA along with their allies won their semi-final match moving on to the finals. After a tough series of matches WSA's alliance was defeated by the alliance lead by the CPR Eagles from Cedar Park Christian School. Having earned enough qualifying points and placing well in the competition did earn WSA Robotics a spot in the upcoming state championship.  Next up: WSA Robotics will be competing in the State Championship event on February 10 at the ShoWare Center in Kent.

Congratulations to our team, and ... GO HAWKS!!!

The 2018-2019 WSA Robotics team

The WSA Robotics team (left to right):Catherine Zhang, Adam Tucker, Gwen Moritz, Aidan Phelan (captain), Emma Longworth-Slone, Pau López (holding team robot), Noah Moosmiller, Corwin Taylor, Caleb Phelan (holding team trophy), Sam Hopper, and Michael Gao.

Finding Joy and Why Every School Needs a TIE Fighter

October 15, 2017
By Barrie Hillman

TIE FighterBack in September, the school kicked off the Fall Gathering with the theme of "Let Joy Be Your Compass." Finding and spreading joy has been a bit like fighting off the temptations of the Dark Side lately. Just when we think things are settling down or we have gotten past one challenge...a great big new challenge lands in our laps. Just when the Rebels think they have finally crippled the Empire, another new evil force pops up on the other side of the universe. It is not a new thing for the human race to have to overcome great adversity but it is a relatively new thing to have such immediate access to information about such adversity both trustworthy and not. All these circumstances do is suck the joy out of our days. However, being naturally contrarian...I am a strong proponent of being mindful of seeking out joy every day. So when someone offers you a free-if-you-haul one-quarter size Star Wars TIE Fighter, you say "Yes! I need that TIE Fighter!" Because it is awesome. It is fun. It is joyful. It makes absolutely no practical sense to have a TIE fighter of this size but it makes so much sense in order to seek out joy.

The TIE fighter will find a semi-permanent home on a gravel pad just outside Lower Ryan both to bring attention to our STEAM program and to serve as a joyful reminder to everyone who passes by it. And it will spark imagination. I can see that TIE fighter starring in some movies, photos, and stories. Yes, we have captured a piece of the Dark Side and the Dark Side is no match for our creativity, innovation and imagination.

Seeking out joy is a mindful exercise. We have to consciously and actively look for it. But when you do, small things come into focus such as trees turning fall colors, a certain smiling dog running with glee through the fields, or a great game of Ga-ga. Joy is out there if you look for it. Look every day.

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