Jack Abrams STEM Magnet School students can’t get enough of the academic challenges teachers pose every day. Classroom lessons whet their appetites. They then use afternoons, evenings and weekends to dive into topics as they strive to master difficult concepts.
“Since the beginning of the school year, students have been immersed in preparing for our First Lego League Robotics competition,” Principal Donna Moro said. “Generally these opportunities are offered to students through club or enrichment activities. At the Jack Abrams STEM Magnet School, every student at all grade levels participates in the challenge.”
Donna Moro is principal of Jack Abrams STEM Magnet School.
The themes for this year’s robotics competition are “aqua adventure” for fourth graders and “hydro dynamics” for fifth graders. There are three components to the challenge: core values centered on the theme of gracious professionalism; a research project related to the use, transport and disposal of water; and the design and programming of a robot.
“While every student will compete in a building-wide event at the end of the school year, we have also selected a small group of students that have been preparing to represent Huntington at a regional competition,” Ms. Moro said. “We have one fifth grade and one sixth grade team.”
The youngsters slated to compete in the regional contest have been working during their lunch period and after school with Ms. Moro, STEM school teaching assistant John Suozzi and Huntington High School robotics team members. “They are learning a lot about the complexities involved in competing at this level and how important teamwork and problem solving is to a successful experience,” the principal said.
The competition is set for Saturday, January 20. “We are looking forward to a memorable learning experience,” Ms. Moro said.