The Like-a-Bot, Great White Gears, and Brick Beasts FIRST Lego League (FLL) Club teams have been invited to participate in the 2013 Virginia FIRST Lego League State Tournament after qualifying at regional tournaments held around Northern Virginia on November 9 and 16.
MEHMS FLL Club teams collectively competed in five of the 12 Northern Virginia - D.C. Region Robotics Tournaments; two of which were hosted at Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School (MEHMS). Given the theme, "Nature's Fury: Prepare. Stay Safe. Rebuild.", teams were charged with researching solutions for natural disaster recovery and then designing a robotic prototype to meet those needs. Continue reading for more information.
Lynne O'Hara (pictured far right), the National History Day Program Director, recently presented to the Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School National History Day students about how to locate and analyze primary sources. Students learned how to navigate the Library of Congress and National Archives web sites and how to complete advanced Google searches to help further their research.
National History Day is a highly regarded academic program where students choose historical topics related to a theme and conduct extensive primary and secondary research through libraries, archives, museums, oral history interviews and historic sites. After analyzing and interpreting their sources and drawing conclusions about their topics’ significance in history, students present their work in original papers, web sites, exhibits, performances and documentaries in local, state, and national competition.
Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School eighth grade student Linnea Skotte organized a presentation on world water issues for her classmates and teachers. Students learned about the construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam and the importance of providing clean water to all people.
Pictured above from left: Principal Seidah Ashshaheed, Linnea Skotte, Ethiopian Deputy Ambassador Tebege Berhe, and Sally Hahn of CauseLife. Linnea started a fundraiser with CauseLife to do something to make a difference. On Monday, she held a bake sale during the MEHMS Parent-Teacher Conferences.
Mary Ellen Henderson welcomed former NASA Chief Scientist Dr. Kathryn Clark yesterday as part of the of the USA Science and Engineering Festival.
Dr. Clark spoke on the critical role she played following the tragic accident of the Space Shuttle Challenger in 2003 in bringing about the resumption of the shuttle program in 2005. Today, Dr. Clark is a Movement Specialist at the University of Michigan and part of a group of 150 noted science and engineering professionals - The Nifty Fifty (times 3) - who speak about their work at middle and high schools in the D.C. area.
The pictures from the 2013 MEHMS Fall Festival are available to view and download! Just visit the Photo Gallery and when viewing the picture, select "More" at the top of the picture, and then "Download Photo". Thank you, Mr. Blair for taking these amazing photos!