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Congratulations to our 1st place winner, Bhumika Sansuddi and runner-up, Ava Wetzel!
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Congratulations Furious Hornets on your Robot Design award at the First LEGO League competition!!! Incredible work and tons to be proud of!
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Congratulations Stinging Hornets on your Core Values award at the First LEGO League competition!!! Incredible work and tons to be proud of! This award showcases the intangible qualities that are from within each person. You are the perfect team to represent these qualities of team spirit, inclusion, and cooperation. - Mr. Burden -
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Washington STEM Academy is proud to announce another extremely successful Caterpillar Challenge this year! Students from kindergarten through 6th grade were challenged by Mr. Wall's class to collect caterpillars as part of their study of the insect life cycle. The "money" caterpillars were monarchs and they were worth two points while all other caterpillars were worth one point. This year we saw a great variety of different caterpillars and an abundance of monarchs than we saw the previous year! 

Students in Mr. Wall's 2nd grade have been studying the life cycle of the monarch as they carefully investigated monarch eggs all the way to now as we are releasing new monarch butterflies. As of today, we have released 17 monarch butterflies back into our community and we fully expect our number to triple before the end of September! Mr. Wall's students have done the heavy lifting by daily collecting caterpillars from each classroom and tallying the totals for record keeping. Their reward then has been to be the ones to release the butterflies back into the wild!

Thank you to all the students and families in kindergarten through 6thgrade that participated this year in this challenge! A special thank you to Mr. Wall and his leadership in championing this school-wide challenge, we are blessed to have Mr. Wall back at Washington again this year!

Top 3 Classes (by points):
1. Ms. White's class (5th grade) = 230 points
2. Mrs. Corson's class (kindergarten) = 100 points
3. Mr. Bailey's class (1st grade) = 40 points

*The winning class will be gifted a pizza party coming up this month! More information to come soon.

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4th grade students in Mr. Hawblitzel's 4th grade have started the year learning about the scientific process through the introduction of using Lego EV3 robots. Students engineered a basic robot that gave them opportunties to work well with others. After the bots were built, students then learned about the modes and parameters used to program their individual bots. We investigated driving the robot forward to a predetermined distance using the scientific process and gathering data through trials and observations. Finally, from setting a foundation of the basic programming movements, students accomplished a challenge to drive around a four square foot box. This learning will build for the years to come in 5th & 6th grade!

Photo Cred: Mr. Hawblitzel

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