TKMS Robotics team was acknowledged Saturday, 11/21/15, at the Regional Tournament hosted by Grandville High School. They competed against 42 West Michigan teams and received the "Inspiration" award. This award celebrates a team that is empowered by their FIRST Lego League experience and displays extraordinary enthusiasm and spirit. FIRST is TKMS Robotics team was acknowledged Saturday, 11/21/15, at the Regional Tournament hosted by Grandville High School. They competed against 42 West Michigan teams and received the "Inspiration" award. This award celebrates a team that is empowered by their FIRST Lego League experience and displays extraordinary enthusiasm and spirit. FIRST is For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology. Team members include 6th graders Morgan Keller and Aubrey Bischoff, 7th graders Kyian Moma, Michael Willshire, and Jack Cove, and 8th graders Stefano Perra and Zane Walters. Great job representing TK, team!!
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Zane Walters quickly attaches an arm to his teams' robot, then meticulously places the robot in an exact position at home base before turning the robot on and crossing his fingers.
Ty Brown stood proudly beside his father, Wade, before his entire eighth grade class at Thornapple Kellogg Middle School. "Not a lot of kids know what it's like to be a military kid. Until you live it, you don't really understand it," said Ty.
Teams in Mrs. Aldridge's Mindstormers class design and test, then modify robotic Lego vehicles to try and win a tug-of-war contest. The teams adjust their robots by changing their gear ratios, wheel sizes, weight and engine power while staying within a time limit. The robots then try to pull other robots across a tug-of-war line. This hands-on technology curriculum engages and motivates students to learn science, technology, engineering and math concepts.
TK Middle School students are hard at work preparing and rehearsing for their upcoming performances of "Seussical Jr." November 19 at 7 p.m. in the high school performing arts center. This is a great family show that takes the audience on the wonderful ride from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus. The Cat in the Hat tells the story of Horton, an elephant, who discovers a speck of dust containing tiny people called the Whos. Horton must protect the Whos and guard an abandoned egg at the same time. Great show for the whole family. Donations are accepted at the door.
TK Middle School has two teams of 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students working hard this season with the FIRST Lego League program. The theme is “Trash Trek” and teams across the USA are researching how we are managing our garbage. Students are developing new ideas on how we can reduce, reuse, recycle, and repurpose our refuse. In addition, teams are programming their robots to complete missions and are developing their teamwork skills. Good luck to both teams as they head to competition in November!
As part of the Middleville Summer Concert Series, there is a German group from the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp International exchange coming to perform. Catherine Getty from the Thornapple Township is in need of families to host a student during the weekend they are here. This is a SUPER FUN way for families to participate in an international exchange without a whole year commitment.
Thornapple Kellogg Middle School student Jalen Oliver joined the AGANATION group to teach fellow classmates the importance of wearing helmets. Jalen is a champion skateboarder and performed some high-flying stunts, including jumping over middle school principal Brian Balding!
TK students displayed a lot of talent at the district arts festival Sunday. Thanks to everyone who came out to support all the TK students!