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YISD’s East Point, LeBarron Park robotics teams headed to UTEP for State competition

East Point and LeBarron Park elementary schools are headed to the VEX IQ state competition at UTEP on March 7.

East Point’s ‘N.A.K.’ and LeBarron Park’s ‘ThunderBots’ both qualified for state at the YISD VEX IQ Robotic Tournament, held back on January 25.

‘N.A.K.’, coached by Susana Medina, won the Robot Skills Championship and the Excellence Award.   The Excellence Award is the highest award presented in the VEX Robotics Competition.

“This award is presented to a team that exemplifies overall excellence in building a high-quality VEX Robotics program,” YISD officials shared.

As for the ‘ThunderBots,’ they earned first place in the Teamwork Competition and also won an award for the best robot design previous competition.

The upcoming VEX IQ state competition at UTEP will be another challenge for all qualified teams.

VEX IQ Challenge Squared Away is played on a 4’x 8’ rectangular field where two robots compete in the Teamwork Challenge as an alliance in 60-second long teamwork matches, working collaboratively to score points.

Teams also compete in the Robot Skills Challenge where one robot takes the field to score as many points as possible. These matches consist of Driving Skills Matches, which is entirely driver-controlled, and Programming Skills Matches, which is autonomous with limited human interaction.

Ysleta ISD officials add that these teams are just two of many campuses within the district that have qualified for the state tournament.

Story in Many Pics: East Point Students Get Bikes Donated by Aaron and Alvin Jones

Christmas arrived early for East Point Elementary students as they received bikes donated by Aaron and Alvin Jones Thursday afternoon.

While the former Burges and UTEP stars weren’t able to make the event, their parents were in attendance, helping distribute the gifts, while the smiles spread throughout the gym.

Our very own Johnny Yturales was there and we bring you his view of the donation event in this Story in Many Pics.

Ysleta ISD School Awarded $2,000 UNthink Grant

East Point Elementary School has received a $2,000 “UNthink My School” grant from The Wahl Foundation and the National Association of Elementary School Principals as a reward for approaching a challenge with a creative solution.

The “UNthink My School” program was created by the Wahl Foundation, a group dedicated to enabling positive change in the learning process through the integration of artistic concepts and creative expression. The foundation was created in order to reinforce themes in founder Erik Wahl’s book, “UNThink: Rediscover Your Creative Genius.”

“Reading the hundreds of grant applications we received, we were filled with gratitude and hope for the future of education,” said Tasha Wahl, the foundation’s executive director. “It was extremely difficult to choose between so many innovative ideas.

“We based our final decisions on the applicant’s creative concept for how to ‘UNthink’ their school environment and how they integrated their school community and neighborhood demographics in the projects,” she added.

At East Point ES, the UNthink grant will allow students to create and display tangible evidence of how they resolve conflicts in a fair and peaceful way. Students will follow a “Peace Path” process for resolving conflict, and will sign posters or cloth banners for their Peace Path.

The posters and banners will be displayed at the school throughout the year, officials said.

“Young people need proof that they matter,” said Maria McNulty, East Point ES counselor. “These banners will help demonstrate – in a creative way – the importance of students’ feelings and their personal growth.”

The Wahl Foundation also offered one $20,000 grant and nine other $2,000 grants. To learn more about the Wahl Foundation and its work to foster innovation and help the underserved, visit www.thewahlfoundation.com

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