An update on the Westborough Robotics Team sponsored with a grant from the Westborough Ed Foundation:
"The 2014 FRC New England Region Championship is over and unfortunately, we didn't advance to the World Championships. There were 53 teams and we finished in 41st place with a record of 4-8-0. As expected, there were so many good teams that most teams fell in the middle of the ranking with very few at the top and bottom. No one went undefeated and only one team was winless. We faced a string of bad luck that could easily have changed our fortunes; but the team took it well and forged ahead. In one match, our two alliance partners became entangled with one tipping over so we had to play solo - and almost won if not for a technical foul by a human player. In two other matches, a top ranked partner inexplicably had ball shooting and handling problems. Nothing is guaranteed and this is just art imitating life.But all was not bad. Our robot held its own even when we lost a match and other teams noticed. On Friday we deployed our secret weapon - our blocker. A few teams had blockers during the District Events but no one successfully used one. At the Championship, no other team had a blocker and no one expected us to use it; and certainly not during the autonomous period. So with the start of play, our robot deployed the blocker, posted itself in front of an extremely good opponent and blocked both of its shots. The crowd loved it. The opposing coach was overheard saying "I didn't expect that!". Little victories like this make all the hard work worthwhile. And it helped us advance to the elimination round.Despite our poor ranking, the #2 alliance picked us to be one of their partners. We were thrilled to advance! But bad luck struck again as we lost 2 matches during the best-out-of-3 quarterfinals; and had to play shorthanded when one of our partners lost their drivetrain. In the end, we didn't accrue enough points to make the cut for the World Championship.The Championships was a lot tougher on the robot - we had to make a few minor repairs for the first time. But on the whole it was extremely sturdy and it validated our solid design. We now start our post-season where we plan on competing at Battle Cry at WPI (Sat/Sun May 24 & 25) and Beantown Blitz at Northeastern University (Sat May 31). We will use these events to (1) train new drivers (these things are no easy to control) and (2) allow younger team members a chance to incrementally refine the robot and build their technical skillset. The season is not over yet!"
Visit the team's YouTube page here: https://www.youtube.com/user/FIRSTteam4048
On March 28 Gibbons Middle School hosted their sixth annual Gibbons Poetry Slam in the Gibbon’s Library for the eighth grade teams as an opening to the eighth grade Poetry Unit. Four poets from the New England area presented a very unique, dynamic and diverse style of poetry.
They each performed two of their original poems and competed against each other in a fun and upbeat style. The poets presented a range of poems from heartfelt poems, comic routines, to personal memoir pieces. The classes were able to hear several different voices, judge a competition, and root for their favorites! The students thoroughly enjoyed the poetry slam and some of their comments were: “fantabulous, beautiful, slambuctious, and awesome.” “It was very moving and touching.” These rave reviews are only a sampling of the audience’s reaction to the performance. Alex Charalambides, the host of the slam, expressed his excitement for the Gibbon’s Poetry Unit which has now become the foundation for the Poetry Club and Performance Poetry Group at Westborough High School. Alex was in all the eighth grade classes the week following the Poetry Slam teaching poetry writing. Alex introduced the components of Performance Poetry, talked about what inspires him, and followed up by conferencing on their writings. He also met with small groups of students to critique and offer advice on students’ poems during all period seven classes throughout the week in the library.
Teachers: Lisa Greenwald, Jeanine Weiss, Mark McNeil, Lisa Marcotte, Linda Kimball
This is an interdisciplinary project for the Orange Team, made up of about 80-90 grade 7 students, in which they will make connections between four content subjects after reading the novel Code Orange by Caroline B. Cooney. During the science unit Viruses, Bacteria and Disease, students will read the novel in English class. In science class, they will research a viral or bacterial disease (just like the main character in the novel.) The project will allow students to see that science extends beyond textbooks, as they research disease and learn about its history. Students will also see the role math plays in tracking diseases such as the flu and the role epidemiologists play in collecting this data. Online resources as well as library books dealing with viral and bacterial diseases will help with the research that will result in completion of a Glogster (web based interactive poster) and a formal research paper. Ultimately the students will complete a science project on a disease, a research paper in English, a social studies activity, and a graphing activity in math.
Below are photos from the project the grant funded...
The Westborough Education Foundation has given a grant to the Westborough Robotics Team for the past three years. The team will be competing this week (Thu/Fri March 13 & 14) at WPI (WPI District Event in Worcester MA) and next week (Fri/Sat Match 21 & 22) at Bryant University (Rhode Island District Event in Smithfield RI).Information for both events can be found at the New England FIRST web site http://www.nefirst.org (WPI parking passes available on web site)Admission is free. Pits are open 8AM to 8PM on Day 1 and 8AM to 6:30PM on Day 2.
Come on out and see your donations in action!!!
The 2013 Westborough Education Foundation Trivia Bee will be held Monday, November 4, 2013, 6:30 pm at the Doubletree Hotel in Westborough. Last year over 600 community members and families attended the 5th annual Trivia Bee at the Doubletree Hotel to watch thirty-six local business-sponsored teams compete for the bragging rights of the 2012 Westborough Education Foundation Trivia Bee Trophy. Hosted by Joe Harrington (often known as the voice of Westborough town meetings), six rounds of trivia were completed, and in the end, The Westborough Little League Baseball Association took the win with the final question of how many traffic lights exist in Westborough. This fun-filled event included kid-trivia rounds led by the infamous Fales Elementary School, physical education teacher, Matt Travis. A fun evening was had by all, enabling the Westborough Education Foundation to raise funds for programs via grants, benefiting Westborough students and teachers
Sponsors To Date Are:
A breakfast reception
was held on Tuesday, May 21st at The Willows to honor the grant recipients for the 2013-2104
academic year. The Westborough Education Foundation awarded 11 grants
totaling over $21,000. As Kim Martin-Girard, President
of WEF addressed the crowd, she said, “It is so nice to be able to stand up
here and be able to give out money instead of asking for money.”
Cooking Up Cultural
Connections: Family Book Club – Hastings Elementary School
o Cindy Hodgdon, Sheila Plifka, Eileen Harvey, Lauren Kennedy,
Mountain Dulcimers for
the Elementary Classroom – Fales Elementary School
o Pam Yanco, Valerie Clemans-Castilla
Bringing Multi Modal
Teaching to the Next Level – Mill Pond Intermediate School
o Rachel Stanton
Poet in Residence –
Gibbons Middle School
o Deb Lemothe, Linda Kimball
Connections – Westborough High School
o Anita Cellucci
The Power of
Resilience – Westborough High School
o Ceil Parteleno
WISE (Women in Science
and Engineering) – Westborough High School
o Maria DeVuono-Homberg
Bringing the Museum to
the Students – Westborough High School
o Colleen Gormley
Poetry Power –
Westborough High School
o Kathy Stoker, Anita Cellucci
App-titude matters – Westborough
o Kit D’Angelo-Carley
Robotics – Westborough
o Maria DeVuono-Homberg, Louis Lung
The money for these grants is
primarily funded through WEF’s annual fundraiser, The Trivia Bee. Last year the event raised more than
$16,000 to support educational grants developed by teachers and administrators
from across the district. Another source of funds is the CARE program where parents can make a donation to WEF to
honor and celebrate remarkable educators. As
the end of the school year approaches, an easy way to show appreciation for
teachers, principals and school staff members is to make a tax-deductible
donation to the CARE program. Information
can be found on the WEF website.
Westborough Education Foundation would like to thank The Willows for their
hospitality, as well as the teachers and administrators who attended this
event. Congratulations to all the grant
Founded in 1996, the Westborough Education Foundation is an independent
non-profit organization whose mission is to establish a permanent fund and to
allocate funds to stimulate, support and strengthen the creation and
implementation of innovative educational programs which are outside the funding
normally provided in the school budget. WEF grants benefit all students in the
Westborough Public Schools system. Since
its inception, WEF has awarded over $200,000 in grants that support programs
that benefit students in all grades.
Westborough Education Foundation is seeking new members to join its organization. The foundation's mission is to establish a permanent fund while allocating grants for innovative programs not funded by the Westborough Public School budget. These grants enhance curricula, are offered to all grade levels and areas of study. They impact a vast number of students in programs that otherwise would not exist today. The Robotics team, the religion symposium (originally funded by a Westborough Ed. Foundation grant), Africa Day, CSI program at the middles school, Video Announcer's Club at Mill Pond, Backyard Birding, and the Teddy Bear Exchange Program, are just some of the many grants the Ed. Foundation has awarded.
As funding decreases, teachers seek to enhance their curriculum and the excitement of their students through innovative programs, utilizing grants that the Westborough Education Foundation provides. To continue the success of this organization, new members are needed. Activities may include event planning, publicity, newsletter writing, being part of the grants committee, and meeting new people. It takes a community to raise children today. Becoming a member of the Westborough Education Foundation is a great way to support teachers and children of the Westborough Community.
Our scheduled meetings alternate monthly between morning and evening meetings. Our remaining meetings this year are the following: Feb. 14 - 9:30am (Forbes building - Rm. 23), April 2, April 30, May 21, June 11 at 9:30am, Forbes Building. Please come and join a great organization and meet wonderful people.
Explore our website to find out more about this incredible organization! Call Lisa Edinberg to hear more! 508-989-4791
The Westborough Education Foundation application process for the 2013-14 grants has commenced. Tumbling into Daniel Mayer, the assistant superintendent's office for approval are proposals/applications. Due on March 11, 2013, proposals shall be reviewed and several approved by the grants committee in early April. Approved by the WEF board in late April, a celebratory breakfast to award the recipients will take place in early May.
Over 600 community members and families attended the 5th annual Trivia Bee at the Doubletree Hotel on Monday evening, November 5, to see 36 local business-sponsored teams compete for the bragging rights of the 2012 Westborough Education Foundation Trivia Bee Trophy. Hosted by Joe Harrington (often known as the voice of Westborough town meetings), six rounds of trivia were completed, and in the end, The Little League Baseball Association took the win with the final question of how many traffic lights exist in Westborough. This fun-filled event included kid-trivia rounds led by the infamous Fales Elementary School, physical education teacher, Matt Travis. A fun evening was had by all, enabling the Westborough Education Foundation to raise funds for programs via grants, benefiting Westborough students and teachers.
The Bee is Back! The Westborough Education Foundation hosts its Fifth Annual Trivia Bee on Monday, November 5, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. at the DoubleTree Hotel in Westborough. Teams of three will compete in a fun-filled evening of trivia on topics including New England sports, popular culture, government, science, arts and literature, and Westborough history. The winning team will be given community bragging rights and a trophy. As always, teams are very much encouraged to let their personalities show and dress in costume to vie for the “Best Spirit” and “Best Costume” awards.
A donation of $5 per individual or $15 per family includes admission, pizza, drink and dessert. The fun-filled night features music, 50/50 raffle and a silent auction, featuring sporting event tickets including Worcester Sharks package, electronics, Huntington Theater tickets, Car Wash/Detailing, kids museums including the Ecotarium, and many more. Speaking of kids, be sure to bring them – there is no school the following day! Matt Travis of Athletic Revolution will lead kids’ games and activities in between trivia rounds.
Proceeds from the event fund a variety of grants to teachers and staff across all of the Westborough schools. The grants allow teachers to develop creative programs in literature and language, the arts, technology, social studies, science and math. The Trivia Bee is the foundation’s largest fundraising effort and brings together many groups from the community for a highly spirited competition.
The WEF would like to thank the following businesses and groups who have so generously supported the Trivia Bee by sponsoring teams: Adcole; Alexander, Aronson, Finning & Co., P.C.; All Access Physical Therapy; Armstrong Parent Group; Avidia Bank; Badger Legal Group; Ball Financial; Beaumont Financial Partners; Beaumont At The Willows; BJ’s Wholesale Club; Central One Federal Credit Union; Digital Credit Union; Cumulus Global; Dolan & Maloney Insurance Agency; E.L. Harvey & Sons, Inc.; Fales Parent Group; Friends of the Westborough Library; Gibbons Parent Group; Hastings Parent Group; High Street Neighborhood; Law Office of Nicole D. Sullivan & Associates; Marlborough Savings Bank; Melfa Wealth Management; Michael Mathieu Team; Middlesex Savings Bank; Mill Pond Parent Group; Orchard Hill Rd. Neighborhood; Partridge, Snow & Hahn, LLP; Red Tail Solutions; Remax Prestige; Roche Bros.; South County Physical Therapy; Westborough Athletic Association; Westborough Little League and Softball; Westborough Newcomers Club; Westborough Rotary Club; Westborough and Social Youth Basketball; Westborough Youth Football; and Westborough Youth Soccer.