Students Compete in Lego Competition

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Members of the Westhampton Beach Middle School Lego Robotics Club competed in the FIRST Lego League competition at Mineola High School on Jan. 26. The team worked hard throughout the season to develop and program a robot that would complete various challenges. They also successfully identified and developed a unique solution to a problem astronauts face during prolonged space travel. “They worked as a team and saw firsthand how hard work and determination can pay off with success,” said coach Richard Michta. 
 

Life in Scale

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Westhampton Beach Middle School students in Jennifer Hinrichs’ pre-algebra class recently created to-scale items as part of a lesson on scale measurements. They used various materials to make larger-than-life colored pencil boxes, iPhones, artificial sweetener packets and MacBooks. Pictured with Hinrichs is seventh-grader Angel Canales Andrade and his to-scale replica.    


Miniature Bedrooms

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Westhampton Beach Middle School students recently used their interior design skills to fabricate a dream bedroom inside a shoebox. The students in Katie Rafferty’s family and consumer sciences class used a variety of materials to design rooms that included small-scale beds, shelving, rugs and wall decor. The project not only focused on design concepts, including the use of warm and cool colors, but also creativity, brainstorming and problem-solving.

Paperless Math

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The rhyme “no more pencils, no more books” is ringing true in Asa Grunenwald’s seventh-grade math class at Westhampton Beach Middle School this year as he pilots a paperless classroom initiative. 

Still in the development stage, Grunenwald has made strides to go paperless by taking full advantage of his classroom’s set of iPads. Although written homework is still issued, nearly all classwork is completed on the iPads. 

Not only does going paperless reduce his class’ carbon footprint, Grunenwald says, but it also has a multitude of added benefits. For one, students are less likely to lose a digital copy of their notes as compared to paper. They are also learning digital organization techniques and have neater work thanks to no more messy eraser marks. In addition, the iPads provide access to online educational resources that supplement the lesson at hand. 

“We are still a hybrid classroom,” said Grunenwald of the transition from paper, “but we are working every day toward expanding this pilot.”