Thursday, January 23, 2014

First Lego League Success!

This year we had 8 teams participate in the First LEGO League tournaments that took place before the winter break. 

These teams are made up of 4th and 5th grade students. The teams competed in four different areas: Robot Mission, Research Project, Robot Design and Core Values.

The teams were: LEGO Lions, Team Hicks, Golden Hawks, LME LEGO Legends, Tornado Rescue Squad, Untitled Won, Firebolt and Boss Builders.

  • Four teams (LEGO Lions, Golden Hawks, LME LEGO Legends and Boss Builders) received an invitation to participate in the regional tournament on March 8, 2014. About one third of all teams that participated were invited, so LME did better than the average.
  • LEGO Lions placed 1st in Robot Mission and 3rd in the Research Project.
  • Team Hicks placed 2nd in the Research Project.
  • The Chairman's Award is the most prized award representing best overall performance. Golden Hawks won second place Chairman's Award. (Teams that win the Chairman's Award are not eligible to place in any of the four component awards - robot performance, research project, robot design, or core values.)
  • LME LEGO Legends placed 2nd in Core Values.
  • Team Firebolt placed 2nd in Robot Mission and Robot Design.
  • Boss Builders placed 1st in Robot Design.

All teams did a great job participating in the tournaments and appeared to have a great time.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

LME Pilots MinecraftEdu

Minecraft is a very popular game nowadays with people of all ages, but it seems to really have caught hold with many of the kids here at Laurel Mountain. LME students are excited to be part of a district pilot of MinecraftEdu, which is a version of Minecraft for use in schools!

One of the 2nd/3rd grade enrichment clusters is the basis for this pilot. They will be working together to create a fantastic product for the enrichment showcase.

For more information about this pilot, check out the LionCrafting blog.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

New Enrichment Clusters for 2nd and 3rd Graders - So Much Technology!

Tomorrow morning LME's second and third graders are set to begin their enrichment clusters, which will meet each Friday morning during the months of January and February. The clusters are based on student interest, and students get to choose which cluster they'd like to attend.

Check out these exciting technology-oriented sessions!

  • Take One!: Does putting a camera in your hands put a smile on your face?  Do you dream of directing your own movies?  Or perhaps you are a budding young actor who comes “alive” in front of a camera?  Do you enjoy experimenting with new computer programs?  If so, join me as we explore Movie Maker and the art of cinematography!
  • The Great Minecraft Experiment: Are you a fan of Minecraft? Do you love creating awesome structures, mining for diamonds, or defeating creepers? Minecraft can be used in lots of different ways! In the Minecraft cluster, we will work together to plan, design and build some amazing things. Grab your diamond pickax and join us!
  • Creative Coding: Are you creative? Do you like to make games, stories or animation? Then this cluster is for you! Learn how to use computers to code games, interactive stories and animation! With your imagination the possibilities are endless!!

What's really great about enrichment clusters at LME is that even those groups whose topics aren't technology-related still find effective and interesting ways to integrate and use technology! Skyping with community members, using the internet for research, traveling the world with Google Maps and Google Earth, and digitally designing Lego creations are just a few of the things in store for our students.  

Stay tuned for more information about our newest clusters and the ways LME gets I.T. right!

For more information about LME's Enrichment Clusters and the School-wide Enrichment Model, see 
Mrs. Levitan's SEM blog or the LME SEM webpage.