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Experiments Galore at Room Nine Math and Engineering Fair

STEAM program continues to flourish

Room Nine's Math and Engineering Fair Tuesday night was an opportunity for students, teachers, parents, administrators and volunteers to showcase the projects and learning taking place in the school.

The school's STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) program has been evolving the last few years with support from a variety of grants, and support from Boeing, the Carnegie Corporation, the Future of Flight museum. The Obama Administration has been supporting programs like these because of the need for it and has granted money accordingly. Room Nine's program manager since 2008 has been Trinh Pham.

"It's an amazing program," School Board member David Wilson said. "I've felt like that for a couple years. We just have to keep it going."

Lara Grauer, a Shoreline Parent-Teacher Association co-chair, has a son in first grade and daughter in third grade at Room Nine.

"It was a good fit for us. It's all active learning. They learn by doing, I think it's more effective than learning by lecture," said Grauer, who thought Shoreline was a better district for her children than Seattle Schools. "We're excited about it for sure."

The Shorewood robotics team, Team Pronto, was on hand to demonstrate their working robots and let the students try them out.

Visitors could try their hand at experimenting with steam powered boats sparked by a candle flame and cars run by carbon dixoide, demonstrations of solar power.

Room Nine Community School has two teachers, Michael Callahan and Rebecca Drury, who are trained as Career Technical Education teachers.

Callahan teaches art and technology including ceramics. Students use real clay in projects and also have access to Sketch-Up, a 3D Modeling.

Cp Scott March 07, 2012 at 07:41 PM
To be more specific about the Robotics programs - The Shorewood FIRST Robotics Challenge Robotics Team (Team Pronto) demonstrated their robot to compliment the Room Nine FIRST LEGO League Robotics Program (Team NanoWolves!) demonstration, and the Room Nine Jr. FIRST LEGO League Robotics program (Team Spirit Wolves!) demonstration. Room Nine Community School is participating at the K-8 Grade levels in an interactive Robotics program using the LEGO Mindstorms NXT programming model as outlined by the USFirst International Program. The Jr. FLL team represents students in the K-3 grades. The FLL team represents students in the 4-8 grades. The FTC and FRC teams represent students in 9-12 grades. More information about FRC, FLL, and Jr. FLL can be found at http://www.usfirst.org. FLL - http://www.usfirst.org/roboticsprograms/fll Jr. FLL - http://www.usfirst.org/roboticsprograms/jr.fll FRC - http://www.usfirst.org/roboticsprograms/frc
Gienna March 07, 2012 at 08:20 PM
I love room 9. Go Journey!!!
Melanie Wycoff March 07, 2012 at 09:10 PM
Room 9 is the best school! Thank you to the Room 9 community (administrators, staff, parents, kids & the Shoreline Community! Go Journey!!!!!!!!!!
Tony Dondero (Editor) March 08, 2012 at 02:58 AM
Thanks, CP for the updated robotics info.

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