HOUSTON – The robot walks across the table, bends over, picks up a LEGO block, stands upright, walks to the pile of blocks on the other side of the table and releases the block. Several bright-eyed 12-year-olds watch every movement, talking eagerly about what will happen next!
The distance the robot had to travel and every turn the robot would make was developed knowing the size of the table, the distance to the original block and the distance to the destination. Before the robot can even walk, the students had to configure it using software and dozens of small pieces. Should the robot walk like a man or roll like a truck? What sounds will it make as it performs various tasks?
Robotics accomplishes some of the most important skills that today’s students can develop: critical thinking, collaboration and problem solving.
Middle schoolers at The Lawson Academy are part of a program that expands their use of mathematical skills through robotic programming. Robots are one way that students learn about engineering in a way that feels to them like FUN.
Created in partnership with the K.I.N.D. Girls Mentoring Program, Academy student teams create robots and then demonstrate them to their peers. Student teams get to program, name and present their work. For these 6th, 7th and 8th grade students, the robotics program allows them to take an active role in their own learning. These students are presented with challenges and they solve problems, through collaboration, critical thinking, and utilizing the Engineering Design Process.
“I didn’t know that I could be a programmer at first. I think all the time about what we can make our robot do.” Not only do they learn how to program the robots, they are introduced to college and career readiness in the areas of technology and engineering.
Robotics is an intellectual “sport of the mind” where programmers play a key role in providing the artificial intelligence to the robots. As every student can tell you, robotics is fun and gives scholars an opportunity to explore science, technology, mathematics, and language even though it feels like “play!”
The Lawson Academy is committed to engaging students and making learning fun. This open enrollment public charter school accepts students in grades 6, 7 and 8. Boys and girls who attend The Lawson Academy benefit from small classes, a boys campus and a girls campus for single-gender instruction, free breakfast and lunch, bus services and a faculty of certified teachers.
Enrollment is free and every student who attends The Lawson Academy has demonstrated success in their high school and college careers. Call (713) 225-1551 for information or enroll online today at www.applyhouston.schoolmint.net.
Photo credit: Cheryl Lawson
October 16, 2023, HOUSTON, TX – Congressional Candidate Amanda Edwards has raised over $1 million in less than 4 months, a substantial sum that helps bolster the frontrunner status of the former At-Large Houston City Council Member in her bid for U.S. Congress. Edwards raised over $433,000 in Q3 of 2023. This strong Q3 report expands on a successful Q2 where Edwards announced just 11 days after declaring her candidacy that she had raised over $600,000. With over $829,000 in cash-on-hand at the end of the September 30th financial reporting period, Edwards proves again that she is the clear frontrunner in the race. “I am beyond grateful for the strong outpouring of support that will help me to win this race and serve the incredible people of the 18th Congressional District,” said Edwards. “We are at a critical juncture in our nation’s trajectory, and we need to send servant leaders to Congress who can deliver the results the community deserves. The strong support from our supporters will help us to cultivate an 18th Congressional District where everyone in it can thrive.” Edwards said. “Amanda understands the challenges that the hard-working folks of the 18th Congressional District face because she has never lost sight of who she is or where she comes from; she was born and raised right here in the 18th Congressional District of Houston,” said Kathryn McNiel, spokesperson for Edwards’ campaign. Edwards has been endorsed by Higher Heights PAC, Collective PAC, Krimson PAC, and the Brady PAC. She has also been supported by Beto O’Rourke, among many others. About Amanda: Amanda is a native Houstonian, attorney and former At-Large Houston City Council Member. Amanda is a graduate of Eisenhower High School in Aldine ISD. Edwards earned a B.A. from Emory University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. Edwards practiced law at Vinson & Elkins LLP and Bracewell LLP before entering public service. Edwards is a life-long member of St. Monica Catholic Church in Acres Homes. For more information, please visit www.edwardsforhouston.com
As September 13th rolls around, we extend our warmest birthday wishes to the creative powerhouse, Tyler Perry, a man whose indomitable spirit and groundbreaking work have left an indelible mark on the world of entertainment. With his multifaceted talents as an actor, playwright, screenwriter, producer, and director, Tyler Perry has not only entertained but also inspired audiences worldwide, particularly within the African-American community, where his influence and role have been nothing short of powerful. Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, in 1969, Tyler Perry’s journey to stardom was a path riddled with adversity. Raised in a turbulent household, he found refuge in writing, using it as a therapeutic outlet. This period of introspection gave rise to one of his most iconic creations, Madea, a vivacious, no-nonsense grandmother who would later become a beloved figure in Perry’s works, offering a unique blend of humor and profound life lessons. Despite facing numerous challenges, including rejection and financial struggles, Perry’s determination and unwavering belief in his abilities propelled him forward. In 1992, he staged his first play, “I Know I’ve Been Changed,” which, although met with limited success, was a pivotal moment in his career. Unfazed by initial setbacks, Perry continued to hone his craft, and by 1998, he had successfully produced a string of stage plays that showcased his storytelling prowess.
Calling all teenage student-athletes! If you have dreams of playing college soccer and wish to represent an HBCU, the HBCU ID Camp is your golden opportunity. From 8 am to 5 pm on November 11-12, Houston Sports Park will transform into a hub for aspiring male and female soccer players. Coaches from HBCUs across the nation will be present to evaluate, scout, and offer valuable feedback. Moreover, they might even spot the next soccer prodigy to join their collegiate soccer programs. This camp is not just about honing your soccer skills but also a chance to connect with the HBCU soccer community. You’ll learn the ins and outs of what it takes to excel on the field and in the classroom, which is crucial for a college athlete. The HBCU ID Camp is an excellent platform to network with coaches, learn from experienced athletes, and take the first steps toward your college soccer journey. To secure your spot at this incredible event, don’t forget to register [here](insert registration link). Space is limited to 120 participants, so make sure to reserve your place before it’s too late. It’s time to turn your dreams of playing college soccer into a reality.