What is Lego Robotics?
It's a fun way to learn Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics concepts in a creative environment. Students take part in engaging projects that use innovative tools that help spark their imagination.
At St. Pius V School, we have over 30 students who participate in either our First Lego League Team or participate in our mini-clubs during the school year. All students in the 4th grade are offered a "Try-It" day in the month of June to check out this great program.
We will have a special after-school offering for our 5th graders in the Winter to explore Robotics.
This Fall, our FLL team is currently gearing up for a competitive season which involves the theme of HydroDynamics.
We're looking forward to learning and having fun as we work on our missions!
Some helpful links for the FLL season:
The Robot Game
Here are some of the articles that we are reading about:
Hidden carcinogens in tap water-Dioxane
Water Pollution and the Farm
Puerto Ricans Without Water
DID YOU KNOW:
A company known for producing health foods such as POM Wonderful Pomegranate juice, Halo Mandarins, and Wonderful Pistachios have farms where the water districts are mixing oil wastewater from oil drilling companies such as Chevron into the water distributed to irrigate crops.
Source: Organic Bytes:
VIDEO OF THE WEEK
Sewer systems were first built, on a grand scale, in classical Rome. Sending waste underneath the city was about being “civilized.” Out of sight, out of mind.
That was 2,500 years ago. Today, the sewage flowing under our cities is a hazardous mix of billions of litres of water, combined with unknown quantities of chemicals, solvents, heavy metals, human waste and food.
Where does it all go?
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that more than 50 percent of the seven million dry tons of sewage sludge produced nationally ends up on farmland—where it’s used to grow food.
Thankfully, USDA organic standards prohibit the use of sewage sludge on organic farms—a regulation OCA fought for, and won, nearly two decades ago. We’ve also fought efforts to sell sewage sludge as “organic” fertilizer.
But we still have a huge problem, as this new documentary reveals. Do we also have solutions?