What do these three things - STEM education, LEGO Robotics, and Jewish Day Schools- have in common? They are all part of the first annual International Robotics Festival taking place here in Miami on Wednesday, April 26, 2017.
The Festival will bring three schools together and give a chance for all the students to showcase what they have learned and participate in exciting challenges.
This Festival is the culmination of the Miami Jewish Day School Robotics Program funded by the Miami Yerucham Partnership and facilitated by our very own Day School Department. This innovative approach to STEM education combines mathematics and science with Lego Education enabling each participating third and fourth grade student to grasp concepts faster and work collaboratively to solve problems.
Teachers from the three current participating schools- Lehrman Community Day School, Hebrew Academy (RASG), and Scheck Hillel Community School- shared a weeklong training by experts from the Yerucham Science Center, who mentored them throughout the school year via video conferences, and further guidance will be given by a delegation of 10 Yerucham Robotics champions coming in for the Festival.
According to Ilana Traub, Media and Technology Specialist at Lehrman Community Day School: "It is particularly gratifying to see our students be so excited and proud of their accomplishments as they master mathematical, programming and engineering skills."
"From coding to building Lego robots to designing space missions, robotics has fostered and increased collaboration. Students bring their knowledge to help each other and achieve a greater goal," added Nancy Penchev, I Lab instructor at Scheck Hillel Community School.
CAJE along with the Miami/Yerucham Partnership are working to expand this program to all funded Miami Jewish Day Schools. If you know anyone who loves STEM or Robotics and wants to help our schools in these areas, please contact: Valerie Mitrani, Director of Day School Strategy and Initiatives, email@example.com or 305-576-4030 x 137.
Words of Wisdom
by Rabbi Efrat Zarren-Zohar
For your Pesach edification, here are 3 Pesach themed videos specially culled for you below:
People Attending a Passover Seder for the Very First Time
(good for laughs)
The Maccabeats performing Mah Nishtanah in 6 part harmony
(good for inspiration)
Rabbi David Aaron asking the question: Did the Sea Actually Split?
(good for thinking)