THE EVERETT ADVOCATE – Friday, June 28, 2019 Page 7 Everett middle school students to compete in space robotics tournament By Christopher Roberson his summer, a group of middle school students will join six other organizations from around the state to compete in in the Zero Robotics computer programming competition. The competition will be preT ceded by a five-week program beginning on July 8 at Everett High School. The group will meet Monday through Thursday until Aug. 9. Jacqueline Fallon, the district’s mathematics director, described Zero Robotics as an “amazing opportunity.” “To win would be the cherry on top of the entire experience,” she said. Fallon said the program is available to English Language Learners going into grades 6-8. “Targeting the program to English Learners means engaging a subgroup not normally seen entering STEM fields early on in their educational experience, hopefully encouraging them to continue their studies in these areas as they enter high school and beyond,” she said. “They need no prior experience in computer science as the curriculum begins from scratch and is designed for middle school students.” Fallon said she expects to have “20-25” students in this year’s program, which will be facilitated by two Everett teachers. “The partnership between MIT and NASA brings rigorous, real-world problems into the hands of young, diverse, underserved populations,” she said. According to Fallon and the Zero Robotics website, students will write computer programs which will be transmitted to the International Space Station and used in satellites known as Synchronized Position Hold Engage and Reorient Experimental Satellites (SPHERES). Students will write programs for things such as rotation, trajectory and control speed. Although the SPHERES will be monitored in real time by a team of astronauts, students will not be able to directly control the SPHERES while they are in operation. Interactive storytelling experience to premiere in Everett C urious Experience Design and Integral Arts will present the Emotional Thrift Store, a traveling exhibition that invites participants to donate emotionally charged objects and tell their stories. This interactive experience will premiere at Everett’s Independence Day celebration on July 6 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Glendale Park. Curious Experience Design Founder Daud Alzayer explained, “Many people hold onto possessions they no longer want because of the emotional memories these objects carry. We created this experience to offer people a meaningful way to share their stories and give them permission to let go.” Attendees are invited to either bring objects they wish to donate or use provided art materials to create a representation of the item. Curious Experience Design team members will collect audio recordings of the corresponding stories and offer the choice to donate or dispose of INTERACTIVE | SEE PAGE 8 Everett Aluminum 10 Everett Ave., Everett 617-389-3839 Owned & operated by the Conti family since 1958 • 57 Years! “Same name, phone number & address for family since 1958 • 61 over half a century. We must be doing something right!” •Vinyl Siding •Free Estimates •Carpentry Work •Fully Licensed •Decks •Roofing • Fully Insured • Replacement Windows www.everettaluminum.com Now’s the time to schedule those home improvement projects you’ve been dreaming about all winter! 54 OAKES STREET EVERETT, MA 02149 Phone (617) 389-2448 www.saseverett.com Preschool to Grade 8 (PreK program starts at 2.9) Christian Values & Strong Academics Before/After School Programs Extra-Curricular Activities Financial Assistance Available Come and see the difference we can make in the life of your child! Se habla Español - Falamos Português Accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) Bring this ad and receive $50 off your registration. (New Families Only) Registration is on-going. J& • Reliable Mowing Service • Spring & Fall Cleanups • Mulch & Edging • Sod or Seed Lawns • Shrub Planting & Trimming • Water & Sewer Repairs Joe Pierotti, Jr. Summer is Here! S LANDSCAPE & MASONRY CO. Masonry - Asphalt • Brick or Block Steps • Brick or Block Walls • Concrete or Brick Paver Patios & Walkways • Brick Re-Pointing • Asphalt Paving www.JandSlandscape-masonry.com • Senior Discount • Free Estimates • Licensed & Insured 617-389-1490 Designing and Constructing Ideas that are “Grounds for Success” Landscaping

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