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Sevastopol underwater robotics team takes 2nd at competition, headed to nationals

Sevastopol eighth graders pose with their awards.

SEVASTOPOL — A team of Sevastopol eighth graders built an underwater robot to take second place in a regional competition, according to a story in the Door County Pulse.

For taking second in the Feb. 22 regional competition, the team is headed to the University of Maryland for the 2020 International SeaPerch Challenge from May 30-31.

SeaPerch is an underwater robotics program that teachers engineering and science concepts through the assembly and use of a remotely operated vehicle. 

The team is also trying to raise additional funds to cover the estimated $2,500 it needs to attend an international challenge. 

Read the full story here.

If you’d like to learn more about robotics in Wisconsin (with information about how to get started) read this article in the January issue of Wisconsin School News.


Hayward high schooler to graduate with technical diploma

Hayward student sits next to computer.

HAYWARD — A Hayward High School student has become the first to enroll in a dual enrollment technical diploma program offered by Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College (WITC) and the Hayward Community Schools, according to a story in the Sawyer County Record.

Austin Conner, a senior, is earning both college and high school credit.

“Soon, students at HHS will be making their course selections for next year.  Hopefully they will take advantage of the savings of earning college credit for free while in high school,” instructor Julie Thompson told the newspaper.

Read the full story.


La Crosse students lobby lawmakers to name tiny frog as state amphibian

Children testify at a House hearing.

MADISON — La Crosse fourth-graders who heard spring peepers chirp from a school pond asked Wisconsin legislators to make the tiny frog the state amphibian, WKBT-TV reported.

The quest to have the peeper represent the state tied the environmental curriculum with studying how proposals become laws, teacher Kris Franzini told the newspaper.

Kids said their nervousness quickly abated.

“When I started talking, I was nervous,” Ian Honaker said. “But after awhile, I wasn’t.”

WisconsinEye has video of the children testifying.

Read the full story and watch the video at the TV station’s website.

The spring peeper, a small frog.

The spring peeper is a small frog found across Wisconsin.


Altoona football players brave pie in the face to read to kids

An Altoona football player reads to kids

An Altoona High School football player reads to children.

ALTOONA — Altoona football players are reading to third graders, who, as a reward for reading, will be able to toss a pie in a player’s face, WEAU 13 News reported.

“At that point we’re promoting reading and making reading a cool thing for kids to do because to get good at reading you have to practice,” Altoona Head Football Coach Chad Hanson told the TV station. “Each kid who reads 400 minutes will then get their name put in a hat, and then we draw one name and that name will get to throw a pie at the football player that their class adopted.”

Read the story and watch the video on the station’s website.


Milwaukee schools program eases transition for refugee children

Students listen to their teacher.

MILWAUKEE — A small Milwaukee Public Schools program is easing the transition of mostly refugee children whose families come from around the world, according to a story in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

The program teaches these children both content and the English language to prepare them for high school. 

“Education is a lifeline for these people,” Kalyani Rai, an associate professor of urban community development at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee who works on refugee issues, told the newspaper. “They’ve lost everything. And now the education of the children is everything.”

Read the story on the newspaper’s website


Green Bay students raise perch, practice aquaculture

Green Bay students raise trout in class

Green Bay high school students are raising trout at school while learning about aquaculture.

GREEN BAY — Green Bay high schoolers are raising hundreds of perch for sale while using byproducts from the process to grow plants to eat, according to WFRV-TV.

“The trout back there, they were like this big,” Student Lab Assistant Ben Haines told the TV station, indicating a small fish with his fingers. “Now they’re probably like 14 inches or so.”

The fishes’ wastes nourishes edible plants.

“I can get from seed to market-sized lettuce and greens in six weeks,”  agriscience teacher Tom Sebranek said. “So we can cycle that throughout and actually feed our own schools fresh stuff that we wouldn’t have to worry about.”

Read the story and watch video at the station’s website




High school students compete in Milwaukee auto show

Students work on a car at Milwaukee auto show

Wisconsin high school students compete in an auto show in Milwaukee.

MILWAUKEE — Wisconsin high school students recently took part in an auto tech competition at a Milwaukee event aimed at spurring interest in automotive careers, CBS 58 reported.

Two of the six-member student teams won a chance to go to New York and represent Wisconsin in a national auto technology competition, according to the story.

Read the full story and watch the video here.




Fond du Lac students team up with experts to build ice shanties

Fond du Lac students pose with ice shanties they built

These Fond du Lac High School students worked with area businesses to build two ice shanties. From left are: instructor Vern Widmer and students Lillian Cornils, senior; juniors Alexander Braatz and Xavior Harmsen, senior Logan Miller, freshman Isaac Wuest, seniors Landon Spies, Cody Breister, Samuel Mengel and Parker Zimmerman and junior Jared Cotton.


FOND DU LAC — Students at Fond du Lac High School contributed to the region’s annual sturgeon spearing season by working with skilled laborers to build two ice shanties, according to a story in the Fond du Lac Reporter.

They were part of the school’s ACE Academy, which stands for architecture, construction and engineering.

“This experience, including working alongside skilled labor, was invaluable for the students,” said Vern Widmer, building construction instructor at Fondy High.

To see the full story, including a video describing the experience, visit the Fond du Lac Reporter’s website.



Students deliver piglets at Union Grove High School

A Union Grove High School senior holds a piglet she helped to deliver.

Union Grove High School senior Amy Storm-Voltz holds a piglet she helped to deliver.

UNION GROVE — A pair of Union Grove High School students served as midwives for a sow who gave birth to 12 piglets, according to a story in The Journal Times of Racine.

Sisters Amy and Allie Storm-Voltz attended the birth of Click the sow. They watched their school counselor, Katie Johnson, deliver the first three piglets, then handled the rest themselves.

“The third one was the biggest guy, so actually Mrs. Johnson went in there and pulled him out and then like 10 minutes apart they were shooting out,” Amy said.

For the full story, visit the newspaper’s website.


Mukwonago teacher brings arctic trip back to her classroom

Art teacher Julie Theim takes a selfie in Svalbard, in the High Arctic.

Elementary students at Rolling Hills Elementary School in Mukwonago got to experience the High Arctic through a virtual reality tour made by their art teacher, according to a story in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Art students in Julie Theim’s class have never been to the High Arctic of Svalbard, a remote, sparsely-populated Norwegian archipelago halfway between Norway and the North Pole.

But through Theim’s efforts to create a virtual reality tour, they’ve been able to spy a frolicking arctic fox on a hillside, view thousands of birds soaring above the Alkefjellet bird cliff and see brightly-colored houses in Longyearbyen.

“Kids are learning about all of these things and all of these places, but if you can actually story-tell with them and show them what you’ve seen, then the project you do and the learning that happens is more relevant and meaningful to them,” she said.

See the images and read the full story here.

(If you’re reminded of a 2019 Wisconsin School News story, it might be this one, a first-hand report of Oconto Falls teacher Kelly Koller’s Arctic expedition.)



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