The Lifestyle of A Student In the Academy of Engineering

The Lifestyle of A Student In the Academy of Engineering

At Friendship Technology Preparatory Academy we have three academies that high school students can attend throughout their four years of school. Of course when you are a ninth grader you are in the Freshmen Academy and once you are a tenth grader until your senior year you can either be a part of the Academy of Engineering or the Academy of Urban Ecology.

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Robots Lost in Space

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Story by Noel Thomas. Photo by Christian Outten.

Woodridge Eagle Bots participated in Friendship’s 5th Annual First Lego League Regional Competition. It is their way of kicking off the Robotics season by having all of the schools participate. The Woodridge team presented a solution-oriented presentation called “The Radiation Crisis in Space.”  This project helped us to find out the many contributions of the deep-space radiation environment. A better understanding of the sun’s modulation of this radiation environment will allow mission planners to make better decisions for a future Mars mission.

 We also learned that waves or subatomic particles transport energy to another entity, whether it is an astronaut or spacecraft component. Learning all of these things helped us make our project special.

 Everyone was super engaged and excited to share their creation. This league helps students to be science and technology leaders by working on engineering skills. The Eagle Bots’ self-confidence soared like eagles as the team was able to talk about our work to the judges. Through our dedication and hard work we were able to receive 1st place in the Division I Project Category.

 Noel Thomas and Christian Outten are 4th grade scholars  at Friendship Woodridge International School.

 

Third Grader Wins LEGO Science Championship

Third Grader Wins LEGO Science Championship

This year Woodridge Elementary has a LEGO Junior League. This afterschool club is sponsored by our 3rd grade math teacher Ms.Taylor Dow. During the program, students are taught tons of math and science concepts through real-world application. We are able to design, build, and create using LEGO’s products.

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4th Graders are Buzzing Over an Electrical Circuit

4th Graders are Buzzing Over an Electrical Circuit

Today at Woodridge, students acted as if they were electrical engineers by making a representation of a circuit. There was so much buzz going on in Ms. Lewis’ 4th grade science classroom. The electrical circuit was the topic of the lesson and students reviewed the concepts of a closed circuit, an open circuit, and a short circuit.

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Why Is It So Hard, But Look So Easy?

By R’Nasia Murphy Photo by www.pitsco.com.

MAY 22, 2017: Did you know that building a solar car is harder than it seems? You could make five without any kind of progress. I made three solar cars with my friends and teacher and none worked. The worst thing is, I found nothing wrong. Videos about building a solar car are no help. So, what's a good way for making a solar car? And most importantly, why is it so hard?

First of all, there's a lot of measurements that require the usage of rulers that many people aren't familiar with. Second, there's a lot of instructions that make it hard to see what's actually happening and how to do it. Sometimes the supposedly helpful pictures aren't so helpful. The picture may be paired with step two but is next to step four. The car can require welding. But, most people aren't very patient which is a needed skill for welding. And, you must wait a long time for the welder to become hot. Then you have to be careful with it so you won’t burn yourself or others...glue guns included.

Is there ever a perfect way for making solar cars? The main task makes you use and think of the measurements and designs which are something I’m not fond of. Do you think you would do good at creating a solar car? I know that even though it is hard, I will keep trying to make an awesome solar car that is lightning fast!

R’Nasia Murphy is a 6th grade scholar at Friendship Tech Prep Academy.

 

Animal Allies and The 2016 VA DC (FLL)First Lego League Tournament

Animal Allies and The 2016 VA DC (FLL)First Lego League Tournament

The VA DC (FLL) First Lego League took place on Saturday, November 19, 2016, at Friendship Collegiate High School. This years theme was “Animal Allies”. Teams explored the relationship between people and animals. Dozens of teams from Washington DC and Virginia came out to participate in this years FLL tournament with the theme Animal Allies.... 

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