Clubs & Extra Activities at Mountain Island
One of our initiatives is to get students involved in STEM activities outside the classroom. Your child can participate in clubs like Science Olympiad, USFirst and Aquabots Robotics, Math Olympiad, and Camp Invention. See below for more information about each of these clubs.
North Carolina Science Olympiad (NCSO) is a nonprofit organization with the mission to attract and retain the pool of K-12 students entering science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) degrees and careers in North Carolina. Every year NCSO hosts tournaments on university, community college, and public school campuses across the state. These tournaments are rigorous and academic interscholastic competitions that consist of a series of different hands-on, interactive, challenging and inquiry-based events that are well balanced between the various disciplines of biology, earth science, environmental science, chemistry, physics, engineering and technology. The challenging and self-motivating events of the NCSO align with the North Carolina Standard Course of Study as well as the National Science Education Standards. The events are designed to enhance and strengthen both science content and process skills. (Adapted from www.sciencenc.org)
USFirst and Aquabot Teams
In 2011-12 Mountain Island is fielding four teams for the national USFirst robotics competition and the regionalAquabot competition. These teams are limited to 4th and 5th grades and are currently filled. Watch for news on the 2012-13 teams which will begin with a summer camp in 2012.
Mountain Island will field STEMpalooza Teams for the second year. STEMpalooza is a Charlotte regional robotics competition using Lego Mindstorm robots. These teams will begin meeting in January. For additional information please e mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The goal of the Math Olympiad program is to stimulate enthusiasm and a love for mathematics, introduce important mathematical concepts, teach major strategies for problem solving, develop mathematical flexibility in solving problems, foster mathematical creativity and ingenuity and provide for the satisfaction, joy, and thrill of meeting challenges. Students will participate in class to explore strategies and solve problems.