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TMS receives grant; Robotics Club competes

Published: May 21, 2017 12:00 AM

Tallmadge Middle School has received a grant for $3,500 from The Dominion Foundation. The Dominion Foundation is part of Dominion Resources Inc., the parent company of Dominion East Ohio, and is dedicated to furthering education and protecting the environment.

Richard Day, computer science teacher and Gateway to Technology teacher at Tallmadge Middle School, applied for the grant in January. In Day's GTT class he teaches the Exploring Energy and the Environment program.

Tallmadge Middle School will use the grant for the development of its Exploring Energy and the Environment program. The program challenges sixth-grade students to explore sustainable solutions to society's energy needs and investigate the impact of energy on society and the planet. Students design and model alternative energy sources to find ways that humans can reduce their environmental impact. All Tallmadge sixth graders are involved in the program.

The grant will also be used to expand the program with the Lego Trash Trek Challenge. This challenge asks sixth-grade students to identify a problem in their community's waste management and to come up with a solution for that problem using robotics and other innovative technology. The school will purchase Lego Mindstorm EV3 robotics kits, as well as Robot Challenge Mats and other necessary equipment.

"This program gives our students a fun and rewarding avenue to learn and understand how they can help protect our environment," Day said. "And, at the same time, they are introduced to robotics and computer science. It really helps give them a deeper understanding of their current and potential impact on the world."

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Robotics Club participates in Challenge

Tallmadge Middle School's Robotics Club recently participated in the National Robotics Challenge. The competition was held from April 6 to April 8 at the Marion County Fairgrounds in Marion.

A total of nine student teams from Tallmadge competed in the challenge. Over 1,000 students from elementary to graduate school and 375 robots participated in the competition.

During the competition, the student teams competed against each other, separated by grade level, by using their robots to complete a variety of tasks. Tallmadge's teams won first place in Tactile Maze, second and third place in the Bot Ball Challenge and third place in Robot Hockey.

"These competitions are very engaging for the students and they are motivated to solve problems using collaboration and creative thinking," said Richard Day, computer science teacher and advisor for the Robotics Club. "The students love to show off their work, and they get to see what all the other schools have done with their robots. It's great to see the inspiration they gain from these competitions."

Students who went to the competition were sixth-graders Dylan Donnell, Spencer Fleming, Trent Mitchell, Sean Nelson and Alex Wagner; seventh-graders Issac Bee, Samuel Cortez, Richie Day, Nick Dodds, Nina Etchebarne, Tom Hoang, Samantha Hobbs, Grace Kostko, Jack Markley, Tommy Mayfield, Ethan McConihe, Derek Oberlin and Lauren Tan; and eighth graders Perri Bollman, Ethan Chaplin, Michael Davis, Jordan Etchebarne and Connor Fleming.

"The students did a great job of working together to build their robots and competing," Day said. "Congratulations to all of them; I am excited to see what they come up with next year."

For more information about the Tallmadge City School District, visit www.tallmadgeschools.org.

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