Tuesday, March 26, 2013
This is the first-ever robotics team that formed at the Port Washington High School, and the group of more than 30 students competed against nearly 60 teams over the weekend.
Technology teacher Alec Belling described the first competition for the Port PiraTech Robotics team from the high school as an inspirational experience. "From a mentor perspective, I am so proud of our students," Belling wrote in an e-mail forwarded to Patch from High School Principal Eric Burke. "They represented our school and our team with the utmost of integrity and perseverance all weekend. "The judges walking around couldn’t believe how many students we had on our team for a rookie team. They said they were very impressed with our team." This is the first-ever robotics team that formed at the Port Washington High School, and the group of more than 30 students held meetings four nights a week, and on Saturdays starting January through…
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
The first-ever Port PiraTech robotics team that formed at the Port Washington High School this year kicks off the awaited competition on Thursday.
The first-ever Port PiraTech robotics team that formed at the Port Washington High School this year kicks off the awaited competition on Thursday. The group of more than 30 students held meetings from 6 to 10 p.m. four nights a week, and from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Saturdays starting January through mid-February to build the robot for the competition that lasts all weekend. While the program seems science based, volunteer Jim Valasek said it touches more interests than meets the eye. "(The students) are almost running a little business," said Valasek, who is also a senior project manager at Rockwell Automation. Students are divided into teams such as designing, building, marketing as well as fundraising as part of the project, he said. …
Thursday, January 17, 2013
The Port Washington High School is participating in the FIRST Robotics competition for the first time this year, and students are spending lots of hours in preparation for the event.
While from the outside a high school robotics team seems like something that caters to science-minded students, FIRST Robotics volunteer Jim Valasek said the mentor-based program is about more than learning one genre. "(The students) are almost running a little business," said Valasek, who is also a senior project manager at Rockwell Automation. Students are divided into teams such as designing, building, marketing as well as fundraising as part of the project, he said. FIRST stands for "For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology," and the program has several levels of robotics competitions, offering opportunities for kids age 6 through high school. The Port PiraTech robotics team, formed at Port Washington High School for …
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Port Washington-Saukville schools are in a Facebook competition to receive up to $10,000 in gift cards from Target.
Do you want to help your child’s school win money from Target? Dozens of area schools are in a competition to receive Target gift cards. “Together we're giving K-12 schools up to $10,000 each in Target GiftCards® for books or any supplies they need,” states the Target Facebook page. “You can help by voting for a school each week. Rally your friends because for every 25 votes a school receives, Target will send a $25 gift card.” The closest area Target is in Grafton, 1250 N. Port Washington Rd. There’s about a month left to vote for area schools. Classes for the 2012-13 resume on Sept. 4 for the Port Washington-Saukville School District.
Thursday, April 19, 2012
The organizers of the Port Washington Maritime Heritage Festival are bringing back the Cardboard Boat Regatta for a second year, and this time with an extra twist.
With a successful first run of the Cardboard Boat Regatta as part of Port Washington Maritime Heritage Festival last year, organizers are preparing to bring the event back — but this year's festival will be more than just a repeat. While the weekend-long festival will involve a race of cardboard boaters who built their vessels ahead of time on August 18, the next day there "will be an event like nothing before in Port Washington," according to a press release from organizers. On August 19, teams will assemble in Port with two hours to build a race using supplies provided by the festival and with the intent of successfully floating two participants for a 175-yard course. For details about both races, see the Port Washington Heritage …
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Sixth-grader wins school-wide Geography Bee for second year in a row; now, he may be headed to state or national competitions.
Having confidence and doing some studying paid off for sixth-grader Josey Schanen when he won the school-wide National Geographic Geography Bee held at Thomas Jefferson Middle School on Tuesday night. “I've been studying ... I studied a little bit recently, but I studied a lot over winter break,” Schanen said. "I'm not as nervous as I was last year. I think I've got it." Schanen and seven other students, ranging from fifth to eighth grade, sat in a row on the cafeteria stage and answered a series of questions given by seventh grade Social Studies teacher, Laura Rashid. “The kids think it's a fun thing to compete. Many, many kids do the grade level competition,” Rashid said. All 800 students at the middle school are invited to take a …