On Saturday, December 9th, the Middle School Robotics Club joined it's first ever competition at the W. R. Thomas Annual Robotics Open. It was an amazing event with 32 teams competing. Club members have spent months working on their robot, practicing driving, and programming the robot to work autonomously. It was a big day for them!
This year's team, dubbed the Palmer Trinibots, was made up of three members: Ben Arnold, Daniela del Rosal, and Jack Sulkes.
During the day-long event, the team competed in driving and programming challenges and earned 3rd place out of 32 teams! They also joined with other schools' teams during teamwork challenges and earned 2nd place out of 12 team pairs.
The Palmer Trinibots are now ranked 238th out of over 2800 VEX IQ competition teams worldwide, and 20th out of over 275 teams in the state of Florida! This group truly is amazing and is looking to move up quickly in the world of robotics.
Congratulations to the Varsity Boys Soccer team as they are now listed as the number one team in Florida for Class 1A after defeating Riviera Prep 3-1. Alberto Franceschi, Nicolas Rey, and Klever Rosales each scored a goal with Jonathan Ludwig adding two assists. The Falcons remain undefeated at 9-0 and will look to open the season with ten straight wins when they return to the pitch following winter break on January 9th versus Colonial Christian at 3:30 p.m.
On December 8th, Mr. Dong's class got their hands sticky making homemade slime. Students mixed non-toxic glue, water, food coloring, contact solution, and baking soda to get rainbow-colored slime. When they were done, students were able to pack them in plastic containers to play with at home.
Last month, Mrs. Rigoberta Menchu Tum of Guatemala, was the keynote speaker at the PeaceJam Youth Conference celebrated at the Perez Art Museum. Students in Mrs. Massa's Women Studies course attended the event and participated in several workshops to be trained on leadership skills and global problems. Mrs. Menchu mentored the young audience to identify a problem in their community and design an action plan to produce a positive impact. Students are designing their projects, which will eventually be presented to another Nobel Peace Laureate in April at a conference at FSU. Mrs. Menchu Tum was an inspiration to the students and a testament of resilience, activism, and hope.