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"Shazzam6" is a family run team, made up of 6 children… from the same family!
T. Law - Captain, R. Law, R. Law, T. Law, K. Law - Mentor, J. Law - Mentor

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The team won 1st place in Robot run and came in 2nd place for the Project / Research Award on February 1, 2020, out of 48 teams!

FIRST LEGO League (FFL) teams conduct research projects and design autonomous robots specifically to carry out missions relating to the topic. FIRST LEGO LEAGUE ROBOTICS is a National competition with 1400 teams competing this year. It has three big factors to qualify. The same factors are considered for the Eastern Pennsylvania Championship, which took place on Saturday, February 1st.

Core Values - Being a good person to others and the world, sharing, and friendly competition

Project - Each year there is a project related to a theme that the team must accomplish and create according to what the subject is that season. This season theme was named "City Shaper" and the project was "How to help your community"

Robot Run - The robot they build and program should accomplish tasks on the Lego Board that coincides with the theme of the year.

At the area qualifier in December, there were approximately 28 teams and Team Shazzam won 2nd for Robot Run and 1st for Project Research. There were approximately 230 teams competing, and only 48 teams advanced to the Eastern PA Championship in Philadelphia.

Their project learned which post offices in the area recycle all of the paper they throw away, and their goal was to find a solution to help those that do not. They visited, interviewed, and toured nine post offices in our area.

Chester Heights Post office was one of the locations that did not recycle. They throw out approximately 90 pounds of paper a week.

The team then went to the monthly Chester Heights Borough (CHB) Council meeting to ask for their help to coordinate a recycling company to come and collect the paper. The Council liked the idea and invited the kids to a special meeting to discuss the details on January 27th, 2020.

The CHB Council accepted the idea and are moving forward with a plan to have Chester Heights Post Office Recycle!!

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“It started four years ago when my two oldest were doing robotics through the GV school. We realized that this year only, that 5 of our 6 children could be on a robotics team together. So we pulled them out and started our own team, Shazzam6, with the youngest being the mascot at the time (still too young to join),” says Mom, Kelli Law.

The two oldest children have aged out, but continue to mentor the team. Another son will be aging out at the end of this year.

Kelli reflected on the program and what it has done for her children, “I don't know if we will continue but it has been a Wild Ride. What FLL ROBOTICS has given my family and especially my children's life skills, from programming to creative projects, and especially how they can make a difference even though they are young, has been immeasurable.”

The children met with Senator Killion for photos, to give him an update on the team's Post Office Recycling Project, and to review the next steps for possibly expanding the recycling initiative at other Post Offices.

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Posted by curtisj  On Feb 06, 2020 at 3:04 PM
  
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Congratulations are in order! Multiple Garnet Valley AP and creative writing students have won awards in the Scholastic Art and Writing Contest. A panel of teachers, writers, literary professionals, and University of Pennsylvania graduate students selected their exceptional work from over 1,100 submissions submitted by peers in the Philadelphia region, including Bucks, Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery counties.

Gold Key works from across the country, will also be forwarded for national adjudication of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards in New York City! Gold Key Winners will be also be honored by the Philadelphia Arts and Education Partnership (PAEP) at the awards ceremony and reception at the School District of Philadelphia on Saturday, April 25, 2020.

Gold Key Winners
Holly Krug
Christine Palmer
Griffin Young
Lauren Linnet
Bindiya Patel
Madelynn Lederer
Christina Douglas
Afrah Riaz
Chenai Kaminsky
Ryan Walukonis

Silver Key Winners
Peter Zekonis
Clayton Bromley
Connor Moschella
Evan Fenster
Lauren Dorf
Vikas Rana
Yash Patni
Reece Gabrielle
Drake Schultz
Lauren Condrasky
Amy Townend
Atena Gutierrez
Madison Kodis
Nicole Ng
Lauryn Beale
Aidan Zipf
Marie moyer
Harry Markel
Brent Nevy
Varun Sundar
Holly Crothers
Catherine deSantis
Mackenzie Conway
Caroline Amen
Claire Wolf
Misato Shimizu
Ben Bennet
Vishesh Patel
Maggie Herron

Honorable Mention
Katy Donaghy
Keith Cressman
Luke Taylor
Derek Brown
Sonia Kumar
Mahika Kapur
Jillian Boettler
Jon He
Abigail Bromley


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Posted by curtisj  On Feb 03, 2020 at 7:45 PM
  
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The Delaware Valley Science Council announced Garnet Valley students, Holly Crothers and Vikas Rana among the 2019 finalists in outstanding achievement in STEM fields. The high school seniors were all finalists in an earlier phase of the competition, having submitted exceptional applications for judging earlier this year, and sitting for interviews with area scientists this fall.

Vikas Rana finished top of the list with the Reuben Shaw Memorial award. Vikas will be attending Brown University after graduation. He will be pursuing a degree in Science. They offer an open curriculum and he will have the ability to shape his own education, he would like to approach science from a History standpoint.

Holly Crothers one of the recipients of the Excellence in Science Award sponsored by ASME Philadelphia Section, will be attending the University of Pittsburgh after graduation to pursue a degree at their College of Arts and Sciences. Holly would eventually like to go into public health, and was guaranteed a spot in their Graduate school.

We would like to congratulate both Vikas and Holly on this amazing accomplishment, it is a great recognition to the hard work that they have put in to their education.

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Posted by curtisj  On Feb 03, 2020 at 7:14 PM
  
 
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