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.

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Posted in: Highlights, Lower School, Middle School

Great First Week in Intro Robotics Camp, Session #2

Posted on July 9th, 2014 by ssorrentino

We had a spectacular first week of Robotics Camps at Allendale Columbia School’s Summer Program with 32 young students (entering grades 2 – 4) learning real world engineering principles and professional practices!

Students first learned the correct vocabulary, terminology, and functionality of all physical elements and electronic components. Next, students applied their learning by individually building physical models and demonstrating their knowledge of gearing down and gearing up. Students also programmed their models at different speeds, incorporating tilt and motion sensors.

Our young engineers totally rock!

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Posted in: Fourth Grade, Highlights, Lower School, Second Grade, Third Grade

Intermediate Robotics Campers Extend Engineering Learning!

Posted on July 7th, 2014 by ssorrentino

During our first week of Robotics Camps at Allendale Columbia School’s Summer Program, we had a very full class of returning campers (entering grades 3 – 5) who further developed their engineering skills building and programming sophisticated models including:

  • a Venus flytrap programmed to activate a motion sensor,
  • mechanical cranes, and
  • other machines programmed with multiple motors and sensors for operating complex pulley and gear systems

Our future engineers-in-training had an action packed week as they  further developed and applied their S.T.E.M. learning!

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Posted in: Fifth Grade, Fourth Grade, Highlights, Lower School, Third Grade, Uncategorized

AC Summer Program: Step Into School

Posted on July 3rd, 2013 by Tony Tepedino

As we move into our second week of camp, the campus is alive with over 200 campers and 11 different camps already. From music theatre, to weird science, Allendale Columbia continues to buzz with exciting and unique summer programs.


One of the camps offered during the first week of camp each year is Step Into School camp by nursery school teacher, Donna Kwiatkowski’s. Throughout the week, incoming Allendale Columbia nursery school students Declan, Taylor, Keegan and Rocco were all introduced to the nursery classroom through arts, shared playtime, music activities, group games and hands-on activities.

“The goal of the Step Into School camp is to help get each student ready for school,” said Kwiatkowski. “Before their first school experience in the fall, they’ll already have an understanding of the routine of a school day and have a familiarity with their environment and Allendale Columbia campus.”

The Step Into School camp week is both a positive experience for each student, to get used to being away from home for the first time, and a week that Kwiatkowski very much looks forward to each year.

“One of the best parts of camp is seeing the increased confidence that each student gains day-by-day as they feel more and more at home.”

As the students get more and more acclimated to Allendale Columbia, they not only grow as individuals, but they also bond together as a class.  At AC, we believe we offer a different school of thought in part because from the earliest ages, our students are part of something larger than themselves and character development goes hand in hand with their intellectual development in a very personal way.

When nursery school then starts in the fall, the classroom experience becomes even more enriched and these students surely have an easy time joining the AC community as our youngest learners.

Want to see more nursery activity at Allendale Columbia? Check out the following photo galleries from the 2012-2013 school year.

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Posted in: Highlights, Nursery, Pre-Primary School