GT Academy Newsletter
January / February / March 2018
We did it again!
- First Place General Trivia: 6th Grade - Annie B., Riley J., Annabel T. and Wende W.
- Second Place General Trivia: 5th Grade - Haley H., Kyle M., Daniel T. and Bowen X.
- First Place Super Quiz: 5th Grade - Jackson F., Kesler D., Arella H., JP J., Christopher L., Marc L., Aivy N.and Tadewa O.
- First Place Super Quiz: 6th Grade - Ethan M., Laila S., Melinda Y., Shawn S., Nandini N., Anagha J., Samuel B. and Jonathan R.
- Sablatura Individual High Score: Bowen X.
WE ARE PROUD OF YOU!
Sablatura Robotics Exhibition
This year’s Ecobot competition has been designed around U.S. Agriculture. Teams are exploring the how technology in U.S. Agriculture has progressed since the mid 1700s to the future of agriculture, and work together to build a robot that can conquer challenges in four quadrants of the game board. Their goal is to earn a "green leaf" at the competition.The All-Earth Ecobot Challenge Day will be April 21st at Kashmere High School in Houston.
Seaperch teams are following the engineering design process to adapt their remotely operated vehicles to navigate an obstacle course and transfer cubes and rings to a platform underwater. They will compete at the regional competition at Manvel High School on April 7th.
The Drone Club is growing, thanks to a group of enthusiastic students who started the club this year. These students contacted drone pilots at Dow Chemical and invited the experts to demonstrate their drones at the exhibition. The Drone Club has been invited to attend the Energy Robotics and AI Network Summit this summer in June, on behalf of the Energy Drone Coalition! It is awesome to see what can be done when students who are passionate about science and engineering share their ideas with supportive parents and dedicated teachers.
The VEX-IQ club has had a successful first year, with Ben, Melinda and Ethan coming very close to advancing to the next round of competition. The VEX-IQ teams were eager to demonstrate their skills at the exhibition. The object of this year's game was to attain the highest score by scoring colored rings on the floor goal and on posts, by having uniform posts, by emptying starting pegs, and by releasing the bonus tray.
Friendswood ISD and PJHE TCEA teams joined us in friendly competition at the exhibition. Twenty-one teams signed up to compete in the TCEA "Mastering Mars" arena challenge. Our own TCEA "Mechanical Mahem" team placed first at the Area 4 competition in January, and will be advancing to the state competition on April 7th at Hutto High School. This team served as judges for the exhibition competition, along with Pearadox team members, Friendswood High School students, PJHW robotics students, and robotics mentors Mr. Comeaux and Mrs. Sherman.
The high school Pearadox team and PJHW First Tech Challenge team were also on hand to show students the next levels in PISD robotics. Take a look at the video below to learn more about Pearadox.
Several of our students also presented their robots at a recent PISD School Board meeting, and explained what they have learned about engineering as a result of being involved in Sablatura Robotics. Ultimately, the Sablatura Robotics Exhibition shows how exceptional students, knowledgable mentors, dedicated teachers, and a supportive community can work together to offer a strong foundation for our future engineers!
Mars Rover Celebration at UH
Sab and PJHW Host TMSCA Competition
This is the second year Sablatura and PJHW have hosted the competition, under the leadership of Mrs. Needler, Mrs. Cybak and Mrs. Jamie Williams. A big thank you goes out to the many dedicated parents, teachers, AYLUS club and NHS students who volunteered their time to help make the competition a success. From the hospitality team, to the concession volunteers, the proctors, graders and runners... all were extremely helpful. A big thank you also goes to Central Texas Barbecue who always comes through for us with their delicious food and generous attitudes. We truly appreciate everyone's support!
A Day of Field Experiences
By: Daniel J. & Bharani B.
By: Ava & Emma
Market Square Park in downtown Houston was the destination for students in the Architecture mini course.The historic square is surrounded by 19th century architecture and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.Having studied Greek, Roman, Gothic, and Victorian periods of architecture -- including hand drafting and computer-assisted design software -- this field trip was the perfect culminating activity. Mr. Williamson and Mrs. Boyd led students on a walk-and-talk tour through the historic area followed by lunch at Treebeards featuring a second-floor view!
This mini-course was all about our own product. We used various techniques to compile a list of great ideas before settling on what we wanted. We learned the importance of an inventor's notebook, a journal we kept and used daily. After this, we began testing, designing, and, most importantly, creating. We discussed innovative ways to create our product and achieve what it needs to do before finally creating a gorgeous module of our treasured creation. All of this was working up to the grand showcase. There, we will present our product and a board that acts as an advertisement for what we made to a panel of judges in attempts to win the contest. In sum, anyone with a pile of junk and a great mind would love this mini-course. The inventor's process is an extraordinary trek that allows anyone to experience what it is like to live like a real inventor!
By: Alex W.
Art Smart mini-course students were immersed in a full day of art on February 28. Students made their own “Repousse’ Reptiles” to demonstrate what they know about the Elements of Design. Jasmine W. says "The Art Smart mini-course was so much fun to participate in. My favorite part of the course was our stained glass animal art (reptile relief). I saw it as a great way to express ourselves through a stained glass looking background, and an animal of our choice."
Quilting Volunteers Needed
Research papers are finished and fifth grade GTA students are excited to begin sewing their TPSP quilts! Students are collaborating to design a quilt that reflects the main points of their research, and will soon choose fabric and begin the meticulous task of measuring and cutting the squares that will make up the background of the quilt. If you are looking for a way to get involved in an exciting project, then look no further! We welcome parents and grandparents who have a knack for sewing, trouble-shooting sewing machines, keeping kids on task, or just enjoy being a part of the creativity and problem solving. Please use the link below to volunteer!
Inventors Will Showcase Ideas April 6th
The top five inventors will be invited to attend the Houston Young Inventors' Showcase in May. The past two years have proven to be very successful for our inventors. Last year, our students placed first, second and third (see photo) and the year before, one of our students received the overall prize, which was the opportunity to work with a law firm to develop his idea.
Summer 2018 PearCamp
Take a look at the link below to sign up now!
This year, students also have an opportunity to travel to Boston, Massachusetts to participate in a STEM workshop at MIT! Interested students and parents should plan to attend the information meeting Tuesday, April 3rd at the ESC 6:00 p.m. Contact Mr. Damon Rayburn, Advanced Academics Specialist for more information.
firstname.lastname@example.org or 281-485-3203.
Mark Your Calendar!
- March 21 - Inventions Work Day - Display Boards - 4:00-5:00
- March 26 - Sablatura Group Picture Day - Bring club shirts
- March 26 - GTAB Meeting @ Sab Library 6:30 p.m.
- March 29 - Sablatura International Festival 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
- March 30 - Good Friday - No School
- April 3 - STEM Discovery: Boston Interest Meeting @ ESC 6:00 p.m.
- April 5 - Inventors Work Day - 4:00-5:00 / Inventions on display in Sab Library 5:00-6:00
- April 6 - Sablatura Inventors' Showcase 9:00-12:00 a.m. @ Sab Library
- April 6 - GRIT Rally - students wear TCU / Purdue shirts
- April 7 - TCEA State Competition @ Hutto High School
- April 7 - Seaperch Regional Competition @ Manvel High School
- April 10 - 5th Grade Math STAAR
- April 11 - 5th Grade Reading STAAR
- April 13-15 - FPS State Competition @ San Marcos, TX
- April 21 - Ecobot Challenge Day
- April 20-22- TMSCA State Competition @ San Antonio, TX
- April 23 - 27 Mrs. Mueller visits elementary schools
- May 2 - Sablatura GTA Showcase @ ESC 6:00-7:30 p.m.
- May 14 - 6th Math STAAR
- May 15 - 6th Reading STAAR
- May 16 - 5th Science STAAR
- July 16 - 27 - Pearland ISD STEM "PearCamp"
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More Summer Opportunities!
Houston Museum of Natural Science (Grades K-12) www.hmns.org/education/education.asp
iD Tech Camps (Ages 7-18) www.internaldrive.com
CompuCamp & Scholar Weekends at U of H (Ages 10-17) http://www.compucamp2018.com
UHCL Kids U https://aceware.uhcl.edu/wconnect/ace/home.htm
The Health Museum (Ages 5-13) www.thehealthmuseum.org SummerCreativeWritingWorkshopswithWITS(GradesK-12) www.writersintheschools.org SeaWorld San Antonio/Adventure Camps (Ages 3-18) www.seaworld.com
Sea Camp at Texas A&M Galveston (Ages 6-18) www.tamug.edu/seacamp
Aquatic Science Adventure Camp at Texas State (Ages 9-15 ) www.eardc.txstate.edu/camp.html
Duke University Talented Identification Program (Grades 4-12) www.tip.duke.edu CenterforTalentDevelopmentatNorthwestern(GradesK-12) www.ctd.northwestern.edu
Center for Talented Youth at Johns Hopkins (Grades 2-12) www.cty.jhu.edu
Space Camp & Aviation Challenge at the US Space and Rocket Ctr (Ages 7-18) www.spacecamp.com