My school district has over 15,000 students with large numbers of Hispanic, Middle Eastern, Asian, Filipino, and Polish students. There are 51 different languages spoken at home, and we are a suburban school district surrounded by urban school districts. We pride ourselves on offering many opportunities for our students so they can grow academically, athletically, emotionally, and socially.
Our high school has 3,300 students; we offer 25 varsity sports and 3 varsity academic competition teams, including our FIRST Robotics Team, The Mechanical Mustangs, of which I am the lead mentor.
Part of the FIRST Mid-Atlantic District, we will be competing in FIRST Rise: Infinite Recharge. Our 5 ft, 125 lb robot has won numerous engineering awards and qualified for the FIRST Championship five times.
The National Center for Education Statistics  attributed living in poverty during early childhood, in part, to education-related deficiencies, inadequacies with physical and cognitive development, and disparities regarding access to healthcare. These students are five times more likely to drop out and 13 times less likely to graduate high school on time. Over 50% of our students live in poverty, but adding positive school-based relationship greatly increases the desire to graduate and internal motivation to succeed.
Our high school students work with our littlest ones at the head start, pre-school in town. We go to afterschool and play games, do STEM activities, and become buddies.
This project is for 10 drones that are controlled by being directly underneath them.
They are not remote-controlled and the preschool students love to run around and feel the air from the drone on their hair as the sensor lifts it back up into the air.
Our Early Learning Academies are for Pre-K3 and Pre-K4 and are federally funded. Doing enrichment with this group is beneficial for both the high school students and the pre-school students.
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