High Achieving NXT Robotics Campers!

Posted on July 16th, 2014 by ssorrentino

Our NXT Robotics campers were truly high achievers in the second week of our very full Summer Camp S.T.E.M. Programs at Allendale Columbia School.

Our students in grades 5 through 8 were up to the tasks we posed applying high-level, critical thinking skills and solving for increasingly complex missions involving structural design as well as programming challenges. In this completely individualized engineering education program, students learn in-depth programming and robot design concepts including navigation and manipulation using motors and sensors.

Pictured Left:  Using the light sensors on their individual robots, students take specific readings of the reflected light threshold values for programming their robots to line-follow, etc.

Pictured Right:  After receiving whole-class instruction, our students progress at their own rate to build and program smart robots.

NXT_S3_Summer 2014

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Fourth Graders Making a Difference

Posted on May 16th, 2013 by Tony Tepedino

Guest post written by Allendale Columbia School 4th grade teacher Stephanie DePaul-Pragel.

Learning about making a difference in this world and experiencing it are two totally different experiences.  In fourth grade, we study the life of Susan B. Anthony and the difference she has made for us today.  In her honor, the students reach out to make a difference here at school first, and then try to connect to the community.  Two activities, collecting tabs for Ronald McDonald House and collecting books for the Children’s Center at the Hall of Justice, were community outreach projects.  The students felt limited in the audience they could reach by using posters and making lunch announcements.  That is when social media and technology came into play.  The students created two commercials appealing to a broader group of people.  The commercials had their initial viewing by Lower School and had a second viewing by Upper School before going to the web.  We are excited to see where this will take the message and what support we will receive for the two causes. The bigger excitement for me as a teacher was watching my students take a project and produce commercials that send a clear message to the greater community…we can make a difference!

Ronald McDonald House of Rochester
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C_8Dp1po0gg&w=560&h=315]

Children’s Center
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N32SVuzmKJc&w=560&h=315]

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Entrepreneur Speaker: F. Olivers

Posted on April 10th, 2013 by kvella

Penelope really captured everyones attention by promising to share a couple of business secrets with us! The first being that she is about to open her fourth brick and mortar location here in Pittsford, near Allendale Columbia! Students were curious about what this meant. She explained that just a few years ago online shopping had not yet made its debut and all stores were referred to as brick and mortar.

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The second secret she shared was the story behind the name F. Oliver’s. They chose the name Oliver because it sounds a little like olive oil. Felix is the name of Penelope’s cat, so she took the F and then added Oliver’s to make it sound like someone’s name. Penelope explained that naming a business is important. She chose a business name that sounded like a person’s name so he customers would feel invited and comfortable.

The students have been enjoying F. Oliver’s delicious olive oil and balsamic vinegar at our salad bar! Today there was blood orange olive oil and pomegranate vinegar. We appreciate Penelope taking the time out of her busy schedule to speak with us in preparation for Entrepreneur Day (May 3, 2013). We hope you will be able to join our students for this exciting event!

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