In Mr. Aleman’s Robotics class, students designed and built rovers using legos and also have been programming sensors, such as ultrasonic and color sensors, to accomplish challenging tasks. Following a line, avoiding obstacles, moving in a square and participating in a sumo wrestling competition are some of the challenges students have completed so far.
ESM Sixth Grade teachers were awarded a $1,500 grant from Keeping History Alive. The grant supports integrating history with other subjects in project-based learning lessons, and will provide field trips to Tall Ships in San Pedro where students will learn to sail on brigandines while engaging in STEM and history activities. https://lamitopsail.org/programs/topsail-stem-program/
ESM teachers Ms. Grimaldi, Ms. Jones, Ms. Mitsuse, and GAT teacher Mr. Gabriel were guests of the Children’s Environmental Literacy Foundation at the Green California Schools and Community Colleges Summit and Exposition. The teachers attended a breakfast meeting with California State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tom Torlakson. Also, the teachers worked with Ten Strands founder, Will Parish, along with representatives from Sepulveda Middle School and Wilmington STEAM Magnet to develop sustainable schools curricula.
On Sunday, November 5, animation students were invited to the red carpet to welcome the stars from Paramount Pictures ‘Daddy’s Home 2’. Many students were able to take pics and collect the autographs of many of the stars from the film, Mark Walhberg, John Cena, Will Ferrell and Mel Gibson. After the red carpet welcome, students were treated to the movie.
On Friday, May 26th teachers signed up to bring their classes to the King Invasion Film Festival and the KSNC Comic Con. Mr Palayan has been sponsoring the King Invasion Film Festival for over ten years. Students make films about what would happen if aliens from another planet invaded our school. Mr. Palayan’s Animation students and Mrs. Rinaldi’s Film students entered films for the festival. Congratulations to “My Alien” the winning film by Dahlia Kasson, Jennifer Vu, Mayen Chhuy, Nicole Alexsanian, and Lillian Deng. In addition to watching the top five films and honorable mentions, students viewed a documentary about actual UFO sightings in the United States. Mr Palayan asked the audience if they believed if the sightings were real and look at the picture, almost everyone raised their hand!
Before and after the film festival, the library courtyard was set up with fun Comic Con themed activities. There was a Twilight Zone themed maze, a Zombie Apocalypse Survival Scavenger Hunt, a Comic Book Art booth where students were able to create their own covers to win an actual comic book, and in honor of Star Wars: A New Hope‘s 40th birthday the film was shown in room 136 and there was a photo booth set up with Jabba the Hut and his prisoner, Princess Leah.
It was a busy day, but the teachers and students had a blast. A great way to end a stressful three weeks of testing.