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A Busy Year for the GIN Club!

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

The GIN (Global Issues Network Club) represented Carol Morgan at two different conferences this year. In October they travelled to Academia Cotopaxi, in Ecuador to share their Solar Tree project and in March they visited the International School of Panama to share their Bike and Blend project. Additionally Project Girl, a member of the Global Issues Network for the past three years,  participated in both conferences sharing their service learning experience empowering girls at Batey Lecheria in the DR.

In September, the GIN club hosted a service learning event called "shopping experience" where the second floor of the Donald Reid Cabral Library was transformed into a full on store where maintenance workers were invited to "shop" for clothes and accessories in exchange for tokens evenly distributed amongst all staff.

As every year, the GIN club participated in both the Halloween Frolic and the Spring Fest with every member of the club taking shifts to share our successes with our community and collect funds for future projects.

To conclude this school year’s activities, and in order to commemorate Earth Day in April, the CMS GIN club sponsored a spirit dress up week representing the four elements: earth, fire, water and air. A community chalk wall was placed next to the Propagas Shark Rock Cafe where the entire school community shared their messages through art and free expression conveying what they love about earth.

FIRST Lego League 2017 International Championship

Date Posted: 
Wednesday, May 17, 2017

An AMAZING weekend was had by all who attended the 3rd Annual FIRST Lego League International Championship for the Caribbean, held for the first time at Carol Morgan School.  Well over 2000 people attended the competition which was held over two days:  Saturday, May 6 and Sunday, May 7, 2017.  Sixty four teams of junior roboteers ages 8 to 14 shared and competed on the theme of Animal Allies:  preparing a project about how to improve the relationship between animals and humans; showing Core Values of teamwork, Gracious Professionalism and Coopertition; and (of course) building and programming Lego robots capable of solving missions in the Robot Game.

CMS teams had a wonderful competition bringing home 4 awards!  

Congratulations to the Robo Platanos for earning the highest recognition: the Champion’s Award! This award recognizes a team that embodies the FIRST Lego League experience, by fully embracing FLL's Core Values while achieving excellence and innovation in both the Robot Game and Project. This also earns the team the right to represent the Caribbean once again at the FIRST World Championship in Houston, Texas in 2018!  Congratulations must also be given for earning 1st place in the Robot Performance Award. This award recognizes a team that scores the most points during the Robot Game. Amazing work!

Congratulations to the Robo Sharks for earning 1st place in the Strategy & Innovation Award! This award recognizes a team that uses solid engineering practices and a well-developed strategy to design and build an innovative, high performing robot. Awesome job!

Congratulations to the Infernal Legos for earning 2nd place in the Mechanical Design Award! This award recognizes a team that designs and develops a mechanically sound robot that is durable, efficient and highly capable of performing challenge missions. The Infernal Legos also scored the second highest amount in the Robot Game. Great effort!

And finally, congratulations to Lego Storm. No award for this team this year, but a great effort to get their robot to start working and score some points after a difficult start to the Robot Game. Great stamina!

Finally, a huge THANKS to the entire team at CMS for enabling the competition to happen and pass so successfully and smoothly.  By far the biggest event at the Shark Centre yet, the Facilities, Maintenance, Security and Administration teams worked tirelessly to guarantee the safety and enjoyment of all who attended. The Middle School Principal and Technology Team put countless hours into preparing the teams and also coordinating the event, however, without FUNDICITEC, who manage the FLL Competition in our region, there would be no opportunity at all: muchísimas gracias to the whole FLL Caribe team!

Robo Platanos Team at the World Championship in Houston

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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Winning the 2015-2016 Caribbean FIRST Lego League Trash Trek Challenge competition earned our intrepid Middle School robotics champions the right to go and represent the Caribbean at the FIRST World Championship in Houston, Texas.  Leaving the day after Semana Santa, the Robo Platanos team returned this week after battling 108 other teams from around the globe in the 2016-2017 Animal Allies competition.  Although the team did not bring back an individual award, the reward of mixing with and working with the top students in their age group, along with visiting the associated Innovation Scholarship Faire and witnessing FTC and FRC competitions of older students, was reason enough to applaud their endeavour.

Well done to Isabella (Captain), Ahriel, Alberto, Daniel, Gonzalo, Jeffrey and Rodrigo.  They were commended for their project presentation and also battled hard to repair robots damaged in transit on time to compete well in the Robot Game.  A fantastic effort and a real credit to CMS and the Caribbean as a whole.

The Robo Platanos team, along with 3 other CMS FIRST Lego League teams (Robo Sharks, Infernal Legos and Lego Storm), now turn their attention to the FIRST Lego League 2017 International Championship. The competition is hosted by Fundecitec and will be held this year at the CMS Shark Center on May 6 and 7. We are hoping to repeat the opportunity for our students to compete against the best in the world. Come and support our teams on Sunday, May 7 (the day of the Robot Games) and see if we can send another team back to Houston in 2018!