5th Grade STEM Studies

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Rhayne Owens

To participate in a science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) program, the fifth grade students traveled to Eastover during the school day for the week of January 9. The students participated in the Science Technology Academies Reinforcing Basic Aviation Space Exploration (STARBASE) Swamp Fox program which is a Department of Defense-sponsored activity hosted by the Air National Guard at McEntire Joint National Guard Base.

Students took part in an inquiry-based curriculum with “hands-on/minds-on” experiential activities in the STEM fields. They had the opportunity to see how these academic areas are important as they interacted through on-base excursions to various work centers on McEntire JNGB. Teamwork and goal setting was a constant theme as students worked together to explore, explain, elaborate and evaluate concepts.

The fifth grade teachers, who accompanied the students, are Mrs. Susie Herlong, Mrs. Frances James and Mrs. Lynn Smith.

Bostic & Moore Win State Art Show

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Cori Moore & Rachel Bostic

Six students received ribbons, including two for first place, at the S.C. Independent School Association State Art Show held in Manning. Earning blue ribbons for placing first in their respective categories were seventh grader Rachel Bostic and senior Cori Moore, who also received a second place ribbon. Sophomore Angelica Agno received a second place ribbon, eighth grader Elise Osteen was awarded a ribbon for third place, and senior Greyson Young earned a third place ribbon and an honorable mention. The art teachers are Mrs. Ashley Lareau, Ms. Mary Ann Reames and Mrs. Tara Schumacher.

Robotics Club Advances to State

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Tyler Mahr, Caroline Chelen, Derek Smith, Ashton Bartlett, Dillon Bartlett, Aidan Hilditch & Jackson Mahr (Mikey Fisher not pictured).

The Robotics Club placed in the top four teams participating in the Palmetto FIRST (For Inspiration & Recognition of Science & Technology) Lego League regional qualifying competition held in Easley in December. The team advances to the S.C. FIRST Lego League East State Competition on January 14 in Pawleys Island. Each year FIRST Lego League releases a challenge based on a real-world scientific topic which has three parts: robot game, project, and core values. Teams participate in the challenge by programming an autonomous robot, using Lego Mindstorms technology, to score points on a themed playing field and developing a solution to a problem they have identified, all guided by the FIRST Lego League core values. The theme for this year’s challenge is Animal Allies and Wilson Hall’s team, The Baron Bots, selected the sea turtle as the subject of the project. The students gave an oral and visual presentation after conducting research on the life of the sea turtle and how to improve its environment. Advisors for the club are Mr. and Mrs. Jason Bartlett, Mrs. Jeanna Mahr and Mr. Jim Wallace.