The FIRST Stronghold arena consists of a tower for each alliance and five defenses to protect it. (courtesy of FIRST Robotics.)
North, Hill-Murray, Mounds Park kids are gearing up for high-tech contest this weekend
Robots fighting a medieval siege may sound like the plot for a new young adult novel, but it’s actually the premise of a technology competition that is generating growing interest with 14- though 18-year-olds.
High school students from the region will be gathering in Minneapolis this week to test their robots against those of their opponents on a medieval siege-themed course.
North High School and Hill-Murray High School will be competing in the 10,000 Lakes Regional event, and Mounds Park Academy’s team is entered in the North Star Regional event.
Breanne Foster, ACS Relay For Life community manager; Sarah Jorgenson, North HS junior and Relay For Life volunteer; Ryan Peterson, North HS junior and Relay For Life volunteer; Sen. Chuck Wiger; Madilyn Rehr, North HS senior and Relay For Life volunteer.
Leaders of the North High School Relay for Life team met with their state senator Feb. 24 to show support for cancer research and prevention. The students showed Sen.
The city of North St. Paul in partnership with Northeast Metro 916 are building a home at 2341 14th Ave. near Tower Park. (Linda Baumeister/Review)
High school students learn hands-on while building a house
Northeast Metro 916 Career & Technical Center’s construction occupations class is not like any shop class students might otherwise take in high school. In this class about 40 high school students work together to build a house from the ground up in a single school year.
“There is no better collaboration that I’ve seen ever,” says 916 Career Tech principal Jill Stewart-Kellar.
Instructor Tom Spehn adds, “The students who take my class typically are the hands-on learners, so a lot of students might not have a lot of success in the typical classroom setting that has you sit behind a desk for an hour and memorize theory. Here they actually apply it.”
“I like to do work with my hands mostly,” says North senior Reid Olson who was drawn to the program because of his interest in construction. He is especially excited to see how all the individual pieces of the project come together as a whole.
During the 2015-2016 school year, the students are building a single-family home at 2341 14th Ave. E., North St. Paul.
The North St. Paul-Maplewood-Oakdale Schools Community Education Advisory Council will be recognizing individuals and groups for their outstanding contributions to community education with the 2016 Excellence in Community Education Leadership (EXCEL) Awards.
Richardson Elementary fifth-grade leadership group students collected toys from all the classrooms Monday afternoon. The first year of the toy drive was very successful. Pictured from left are Gift Naador, Jayden Stein, teacher Marissa Jagger, and Tammy Liu. (Linda Baumeister/Review)
Heading into holiday season, some might envision Santa's elves in the North Pole making shiny new toys for all the good little girls and boys.