Bailey Middle School’s Horsepower Motorsports team finished first nationwide in the Ten80 National STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) League competition April 30 at Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York.
The Horsepower Motorsports team of sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders out-performed schools from across the nation to capture top honors in the Student Racing Challenge, the flagship series for the National STEM League. This is the second year the Bailey Middle School Horsepower Motorsports team has won the national competition.
“These students have been amazing,” said eighth-grade Bailey Middle School teacher and STEM coach Kory Trosclair. “The Ten80 program really challenges the students to think innovatively and creatively while learning how to collaborate and work as a team and I am so proud of the effort these students have put forth and it showed this weekend.”
The William Amos Hough High School Iditarod Motorsports team finished third nationwide.
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The Hough Iditarod team competed against high school teams from across the country. The Iditarod team captured third overall with a first place finish in graphic design in a division of 20 high school level teams. The Hough Iditarod team also competed and placed seventh nationwide in the Rover division, where the team builds a robot, from scratch, and races it competitively.
The Ten80 Student Racing Challenge requires the student teams to create and own a motorsports business. Like professional race teams, Student Racing Challenge teams must have a strong research and design focus, marketing strategy and must work to become leaders in their communities. Ten80 adds bonus projects for renewable energy and engineering projects that make the students look to improve the world around them.
They compete and are judged in the following categories:
▪ Head to head races on road and oval courses
▪ MODS! Modifying the stock car for autonomous driving (robotics) or drag racing.
▪ Data-Driven Design Project
▪ Enterprise: Pitches and presentations, business modeling, project planning, marketing and public relations, graphic design.
▪ Community leadership.
The Horsepower Motorsports team scored first in both graphic design and racing and finished second in Enterprise. These scores combined placed the team first overall for the two-day competition.
The Hough team finished strong among the 20 high school teams competing, scoring first in graphic design, which combined with their overall scores placed them third in the Nation among the High School level teams.
“Ten80 Education’s National STEM League is unique,” Hough Teacher and Ten80 Coach Brock Shipley said, “because the students need to apply principles that they have learned from many of their courses in high school such as science, math, engineering, computer science, marketing, business and English to be able to be produce reports that are competitive at the national level.
“I am super proud of this group and all that they have accomplished.”
Heather Heiser, a parent coach for the Horsepower and Iditarod Motorsports TEN80 teams, explained the magnitude of the national win.
“We’ve created our programs to literally be student-driven in all aspects from their on-track performance to funding. Mr. Trosclair, Mr. Shipley and I are there to give them guidance, but we want the kids to learn how to work as a team and be self-sufficient, “ Heiser said.
“We require our team to raise their own funds through sponsorships and good old-fashion fundraisers like garage sales and bake sales to earn the money for their team to compete. Then, when we show up at a national competition and are able to win just about every category, it makes the win even more special.”
102 seniors of the Class of 2017 celebrated Cannon School’s 19th Upper School Commencement on May 19, 2017 at the school’s Poplar Tent Road campus in Concord.
The commencement address was delivered by Dr. Kristin D. Baker, who has practiced psychiatry in various settings in Concord over the past 23 years. Baker is also the parent of graduating senior Michael Baker, as well as Leah Baker ’13 and Kelli Baker ’15.
Taylor Brooke Stevanovski of Cornelius delivered Cannon’s valedictorian address. Stevanovski is the daughter of Robert and Sonya Stevanovski. Taylor will attend Duke University in the fall. Miriam Imani Wahid of Salisbury delivered the salutatorian addresses. Wahid is the daughter of Roc Wahid and Joan St. John and will attend the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
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Winner: Student Sierra McLeod the first-place winner of the first-ever Imagine FutureEd student design challenge. Through this challenge, students were encouraged to imagine what the future of learning could look like in 10 years.
McLeod imagined a story about a future classroom that used an interactive simulator to help engage students and encourage classroom participation. She imagined this future would have benefits for learners, including increased retention rates. McLeod also created illustrations to show how the simulator would work. She won a $150 giftcard and 32G iPad Air 2 for her story and illustration.
Make Your Mark Ministries: SouthLake Christian Academy presented a donation of $7,230 to the Charlotte location of Make Your Mark ministries May 14. Students raised the money during a Missions Week from April 10-13.
Missions Week is an annual school-driven event that teaches students to serve the community in the name of Christ on a global level. In 2016, SLCA students raised $6,448 for Camp Joy, a Christian Co-Ed camp serving those with special needs that is based in North Carolina.
Make Your Mark ministries is an international Christian non-profit that serves orphans and impoverished children/families. The aim is to break the cycles of this tragic issue by pointing them towards Jesus Christ and providing the resources needed to help children and impoverished families become successful in life.