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 Registration is closed for the event, but you can follow the event on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Tagged with: , , , , , ,
Posted in: Centers for Impact, Eleventh Grade, Entrepreneurship, Highlights, Invent, LS Birches, MS Birches, Ninth Grade, Tenth Grade, The Birches, Twelfth Grade, Upper School, US Birches

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.

Tagged with: , , , , ,
Posted in: Centers for Impact, Fifth Grade, Highlights, Invent, Lower School, LS Birches, The Birches

AC Aces Robotics Team Featured as 13WHAM Bright Spot

Posted on January 24th, 2018 by Allendale Columbia School

13WHAM logo

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.)

Tagged with: , , , ,
Posted in: AC in the News, Centers for Impact, Eleventh Grade, Invent, Ninth Grade, Tenth Grade, The Birches, Twelfth Grade, Upper School, US Birches

Tech Tip Tuesday: What song is that?

Posted on June 2nd, 2015 by klapa

Tech Tip Tuesday IconIt’s Tech Tip Tuesday! How often are you sitting somewhere and you hear a song, but you have no idea what it is and who sings it? For this week’s post, Tony Tepedino, AC’s Director of Curricular Technology, provides tips for how to identify the name and artist of songs you may hear while you’re out and about.

iOS 8 users can just ask Siri “What song is that?” and will get an answer pretty quickly. Sometimes Siri will even make a joke about not singing. There are quite a few apps that can do exactly the same thing. Shazam was the first and is still the most popular. It is also the app that powers Siri’s ability to recognize audio. SoundHound is another app that we would recommend. So, enjoy your music, but don’t sit wondering what you are listening to, find out! To read more about music/audio recognition apps click here.

Tagged with: ,
Posted in: Highlights

Maker Class Updates and the Recycling Project

Posted on April 7th, 2015 by Tony Tepedino

So far in Maker Class, AC Middle School students have been working on collaboration skills, completed a few creative design challenges, and started to design and re-purpose desks to be used by classes in the new Middle School space (aka the Scrum Room). I have been asking each student in class to reflect on their experiences and here a few thoughts they have shared with me…

“Working in groups was very difficult because everyone had different opinions on everything.”

“I feel like this class is a new experience for me. I liked taking apart the tables because I’ve never taken furniture apart before.”

“What surprised me is how many talents other people have and how good they are in a group.”

“Sketching ideas before starting was new for me because every time I would work on a project, I would start without sketching an idea of what I would want it to look like. I liked doing this because if you sketch an idea, you already know how to start the project.”

Next students will be working in small groups to create something using primarily recycled materials. This project will be displayed during the Earth Day celebration on April 22nd and possibly during Evening of the Arts, so the project needs to be completed by no later than April 21st.

Maker Class is a new elective for middle school students. During this class students will explore, through the use of hardware and software tools, how to make, design and fabricate. Students will use 21st Century skills in order to create, communicate, collaborate and think critically through all phases of the “maker” process.

Tagged with: , , ,
Posted in: Eighth Grade, Highlights, Middle School, Seventh Grade

Tech Tip Tuesday: What is a Google Doc?

Posted on April 7th, 2015 by klapa

Tech Tip Tuesday IconIf you have a Gmail account, you also have access to Google Apps. Google Apps are an amazing suite of web based productivity tools (think of having a version of Microsoft Office that you can get into using any device that can access the internet!).

Part of the suite, Google Docs is a word processing application very similar to Microsoft Word. There are some differences, the main one being that Google Docs automatically stores and saves everything in a place called Google Drive, a cloud/web based storage (check back for more info on this in a future post!). The real advantage of using Google Docs is that if your computer hard drive stopped working tomorrow, none of your files are actually stored on your hard drive. You’d be able to get access to your files simply by logging into your Gmail account on any internet ready device.

An expert in Curricular Technology, AC teacher Tony Tepedino is frequently asked questions about technology, digital footprints, and the internet.  If you have any questions about this or any of our tech tips, please contact Tony at

Tagged with: ,
Posted in: Highlights, Middle School