AC Student-run TEDx Brings Ideas, Learning

Posted on February 16th, 2018 by Allendale Columbia School

Learning occurred on multiple levels at TEDxAllendaleColumbiaSchool on February 3rd. You may already be familiar with TED talks, and TEDx events are local versions of those talks. What makes this TEDx event different from most is that it was planned and produced from start to finish by AC students.

TED events are all about sharing ideas, and, as one would expect, the sold-out audience gained a lot of insights from a stellar selection of presenters:

  • Sam Thomson, Student, Boston University, and CEO, Bluum
  • 17 School 17 Student Council
  • Alan Raskin, Student, Calkins Road Middle School
  • Anderson Allen, Assistant Educational Coordinator, Boys, and Girls Club of Rochester
  • Natalie Northrup, Student, Honeoye Falls-Lima High School
  • Andrew Brady, President & Chief Evolutionary Officer, The XLR8 Team, Inc. and Conscious Capitalism ROC
  • Emily Atieh, Senior, Allendale Columbia School
  • Brian Roets, Practice Lead: Infrastructure and End-User Computing, SMP Corp
  • Carmen Gumina, Superintendent, Webster School District

But the learning behind the scenes by students in the TEDx class and club that produced the event will probably have the biggest, longest impacts, according to faculty advisors Amy Oliveri and Tony Tepedino. We posed some questions to three of the students who led the effort, Rachel Sherin ’19, Marissa Frenett ’19, and Fiona Lutz ’20.

Q: What were some of your objectives for this year’s TEDx event? Did you meet those objectives?
Rachel:  For this year’s TEDx event, we wanted it more geared towards kids. In the past, more of the older community was present at the event. This year we had one speaker from Allendale and two other students from different schools present at the event. We also had a good turnout of student attendees and volunteers.
Marissa: One of our very most important objectives was to get many sponsors from local people. We tried to get all dinner items from local restaurants. With plenty of work, we successfully got a salad from Headwater Food Hub, pizza from Salvatore’s, and mac and cheese from Macarollin!

Q: TEDx is about ideas worth spreading. Does that stop with the event, or how do you plan to continue spreading the ideas presented going forward?
Fiona: Because our event brings in a lot of members from outside the Allendale community, the goal for our TEDx is to leave people thinking about new ideas they might not have considering before and to share them with their peers. Especially with this year’s theme about restarting, we hope that people can apply the topics presented to their everyday life. Not only do we hope that our event’s talks and topics will inspire others in the community, but these talks are also shared online as well which can then be seen by virtually anyone.

Q: How has your experience with TEDx impacted you, either with the ideas presented or in the production of the event?
Marissa: TEDx has impacted me a lot. I think specifically the last speaker was very inspiring. He helped me realize that finding a good combination between academics and happiness is very important and should be done. That talk sort of changed the way I approach things now.
Fiona: Before becoming a part of the TEDx class, I attended the event for several years prior, but this year when I joined the class and actually got to work hands on with something I was genuinely interested in, it was very rewarding. As a part of the class, I was able to be a speaker coach for Samuel Thompson, who spoke about striving for progress over perfection. Seeing Sam’s talk come together over the few months I worked with him and then actually being able to see his talk live on the TEDx stage was great because not only had we both worked so hard on preparing him for the event, but Sam’s talk was personally relatable to me, since even during the semester, I struggled on working towards my goals and often times wanted perfection so badly, but was disappointed when things didn’t work as planned. His talk gave me a different perspective.

Q: What one thing do you want to carry forward from the event?
Rachel: Everyone worked so hard together to put the event together. I would like to carry that passion and positive energy throughout life.
Marissa: I thought that teamwork played a huge role in the success of this event. We all had to find speakers, sponsors, and a bunch of other stuff. That is what made our event as great as it was. I want to carry that, being open to work with people I wouldn’t usually.

You can see more photos from TEDx on Twitter, Instagram, and Flickr.

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Allendale Columbia School Hosts Sixth TEDx Event

Posted on February 1st, 2018 by Allendale Columbia School

The TEDx stage is being prepared for Saturday’s event.

Allendale Columbia students present their sixth-annual TEDx event on Saturday, February 3rd, organized by youth for youth. The independently organized event, licensed by TED, is built around the theme of CTRL + ALT + DEL, leading to the question of “How and what do you reset, or reboot?”

This year’s event has nine speakers scheduled to take the stage, including:

  • Sam Thomson, Student, Boston University, and CEO, Bluum
  • 17 School 17 Student Council
  • Alan Raskin, Student, Calkins Road Middle School
  • Anderson Allen, Assistant Educational Coordinator, Boys and Girls Club of Rochester
  • Natalie Northrup, Student, Honeoye Falls-Lima High School
  • Andrew Brady, President & Chief Evolutionary Officer, The XLR8 Team, Inc. and Conscious Capitalism ROC
  • Emily Atieh, Senior, Allendale Columbia School
  • Brian Roets, Practice Lead: Infrastructure and End-User Computing, SMP Corp
  • Carmen Gumina, Superintendent, Webster School District

Organized by the TEDxAllendaleColumbiaSchool class and club, the event aims to create dialogue, as well as give people a forum to share their passions, ideas and experiences. This will be one of only three TEDx events scheduled in Rochester this year.

The class and club are advised by Amy Oliveri, Director of the AC Center for Entrepreneurship, and Tony Tepedino, AC Hybrid Learning Coordinator and Entrepreneurship teacher.

For more information on the event and to view the full speaker lineup, visit tedxallendalecolumbiaschool.org. Registration is closed for the event, but you can follow the event on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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AC Teams Win Awards at VEX Robotics Qualifiers

Posted on February 1st, 2018 by Allendale Columbia School

Three of Allendale Columbia School’s 5th grade Robotics teams advanced to the Northern New York State Championship in the VEX-IQ Challenge Qualifier on Saturday, January 27th, in Buffalo. They also brought home several awards, for a total of eight awards for 5th grade teams over just the past three years.

Team 1250A, with Ethan, Lizzie, Jack, and Jerry, and Coach Truong and Coach Diehl, took home the Excellence Award, the highest award presented in the VEX IQ Program. The awardee exemplifies overall excellence, dedication, devotion, hard work, and teamwork. They also won the Teamwork Champion Award with their alliance partners from iCanCode for the highest score in the Teamwork Challenge Finals matches.

Coach Klinkbeil and Coach Cooper led Mollie, Oliver, Ariela, and Marina on Team 1250D to the Design Award, given to the team that produced a clear and complete Engineering Notebook that documents and demonstrates organization and effectiveness in the team’s robot design process.

The coveted Judges Award was awarded to Team 1250C, with Ella, Gwen, Victoria, and Maya, with Coach Herberger and Coach Timpani. The Judges Award is presented to a team deserving of special recognition for effort, perseverance, and accomplishments that may not fall under existing awards but are still deserving of recognition.

Team 1250B also enjoyed the competition, with Coach Reece and Eric, Carater, Priya, and Audriana.

The faculty advisor for the 5th grade VEX-IQ program, Lower School STEM teacher Donna Chaback, also won the Volunteer of the Year Award for the region.

The next time to see the AC teams compete will be…at AC, as Allendale Columbia hosts the VEX-IQ Northern New York State Championship on Sunday, March 4th, from 7:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

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AC Aces Robotics Team Featured as 13WHAM Bright Spot

Posted on January 24th, 2018 by Allendale Columbia School

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Bright Spot: AC Aces

Channel 13 WHAM featured the AC Aces robotics team on their Bright Spot on January 23rd. The Aces placed second in the Excelsior District Finals, earned the Finalist Team Alliance Trophy, and was a finalist for the Promote Video Award.

(You can read more about the AC Aces in the blog post AC Aces Make Finals at Excelsior Championships by team member Matt Duver ’20.)

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AC Aces Make Finals at Excelsior Championships

Posted on January 18th, 2018 by Allendale Columbia School

by Matt Duver ’20

The Upper School Robotics team’s season came to a very successful finish this past weekend with the Excelsior Region FIRST Tech Challenge Championships at SUNY Polytechnic in Utica. There were 24 teams from all over Western, Southwestern, and Central New York, and our team, the AC Aces, earned the right to compete by being the alliance winners from the Finger Lakes Regional FIRST Tech Challenge competition at St. John Fisher this past December.

In Utica, the AC Aces exceeded expectations and made it to the final match in an alliance with two other schools. Even though we did not win, we received two recognitions – the Finalist Team Alliance trophy, and a finalist for the Promote Video Award, where we made a 60-minute PSA to share with the world what we wanted people to know about FIRST Robotics Competitions. FIRST stands for “For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology”, and this is the second year that Allendale Columbia has had an FTC Team. After this past championship performance, the AC Aces ranked 368th out of 4,600 team performances on ftcstats.org. This is quite an accomplishment for a second year team, and we are all proud and grateful to our coaches (Dr. Jeff Lawlis, Mr. Andrew Perry, Mr. James Cotter, Ms. Maya Crosby, and Mr. Artie Cruz), sponsors (Sikorsky – A Lockheed Martin CompanyArconic, and ASP & Associates, Inc.), and Allendale Columbia School

for helping us along the way.

This year’s AC Aces are 11 Upper School students (Matt Duver ’20, Aditi Seshadri ’18, Anjana Seshadri’18, Inho Lee ’19, Kasi Natarajan ’20, Lulu Gao ’19, Alvin Shen ’19, Liza Cotter ’20, Caden Kacprzynski ’20, Luke DioGuardi ’20, and Cameron Perry ’20) who work after school and on weekends in order to prepare an engineering notebook, do educational outreach about robotics, and build a robot for competition. We have only six weeks from the time the competition challenge is announced to competition. In that time, we build and program, work on teamwork, and create an engineering notebook to share with the judges during competition. We are always looking for new members, so we encourage any students that are interested in joining to reach out to Ms. Crosby.

Kristin Cocquyt

Matthew Duver

Matt is a sophomore at AC who has been involved in FIRST Robotics since Lower School. He enjoys robotics, computer science, building computers, and photography.
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5th and 11th Graders Collaborate on Multidisciplinary S.T.R.E.A.M. Project

Posted on December 17th, 2014 by klapa

This week, our fifth graders completed their individual, design-oriented projects that they created with their eleventh grade partners. Fifth graders were allowed to choose any material and format to create a winter decoration or object. They began the process by brainstorming with their eleventh grade partners, drawing ideas and making lists.

Through the process, the students learned how electrical circuits worked by including batteries, conductive thread, and colored LEDs to allow their pieces to light up. The project required design, science, technology, engineering, and math skills.

A large group of AC educators were involved in helping the fifth graders realize their respective visions, including the Upper School S.T.R.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Research, Engineering, Art, Mathematics) collaborative group leaders Lori Kimbrough Wun, Jeff Lawlis, Artie Cruz, Kelsey Lisi, and Brent Neeley. Also advising students were fifth grade teachers Randy Northrup and Stephanie DePaul-Pragel, Lower School S.T.E.M. teachers Donna Chabak and Sue Sorrentino, and art teachers Mallory Gregor and Amy Oliveri. Design tools that the students employed for their projects included design applications and 3D printing, a Cameo Silhouette printer, hand-constructed patterns and fabric, and sculpture.

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