Fairfax High School advanced auto tech students spent over 14 months to build a buggy from scratch. The buggy was shown at the Washington DC Auto Show in the DC Convention Center earlier this year. Under teacher Less Steger, the students were approved for a grant from the Foundation for Applied Technology to purchase the needed materials. Students in Advanced Auto II and Advanced Auto III worked together from November, 2013 through January 2015 to show at the DC Auto Show. The buggy is now for sale.
It didn’t take long for Fairfax to assert its new identity against Langley Tuesday night. The Rebels flew out of the gates like a rabid pride of lions hungry for a kill, their relentless full-court pressure punctuated by a one-handed jam from high-flying transfer Tyler Barton.
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Seven Fairfax High School (FHS) students making up the TSA Robotics team won the Mini-Urban Challenge on Saturday in Florida. Led by senior and lead programmer Thomas Dabney, students Jack Rizek, Calvin Rizek, William Chang, Phillip Simpson, Paul Huravitch and Francis Winn took first place beating out nine other schools from across the country.
The 6th annual Mini-Urban Challenge is a national competition that challenges high school students to design and operate a robotic automobile using a Lego Mindstorms kit. Students design and assemble a robot capable of going distances accurately based on student-written programs and signals received from color and light sensors. The car must maneuver through a model city on a painted mat. The students have 45 minutes to program the robot to make seven stops in assigned locations during the competition time. The car must follow the colored lines and traffic rules and park on designated spots. The students must successfully navigate through the mini-urban challenge for 70 percent of their score. The rest of the 30 percent of the team score is based on an oral presentation made by team members.
The students are led throughout the school year by FHS teacher and Robotics Club leader Emre Ege, but needed to conduct themselves independently during the challenge. “It is the sheer success of our students which comes with excessive preparedness and planning,” said Ege.
Students prepared for the challenge throughout the school year, in the club and in the classroom. Mr. Ege teaches in the Technology and Engineering department at FHS and many of his club members are in his Development Engineering Course.
“This particular robotics studies involve learning programming languages and assembling a navigational robot according to specifications,” said Ege. “It is a lot of fun for creative, resourceful, productive and engineer-minded students.”
The team first won the D.C. regional challenge in March, beating out schools from around Fairfax County and the D.C. metro area. “We are proud of their accomplishments and sure that this is only a beginning of their life-long achievements,” said Ege.
The challenge is sponsored by The Doolittle Institute, a non-profit based in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, the Air Force Research Lab and John Deere.
From outstanding environmental efforts to first place finish on the National Latin Exam, students in the City of Fairfax schools were honored Monday night at the final regular school board meeting for the 2013-2014 school year.
The City school board recognized over 100 students for a wide range of honors. Some of the honorees include:
- Daniels Run Elementary School recognized for becoming a Virginia Naturally School for the 7th consecutive year, one of only 14 in the state.
- Trent Cohen, a fifth grade DRES student, for his poem “A Piece of Pie” which was selected by the Fairfax Choral Society and performed at a concert earlier this year.
- Eight DRES students for All County Chorus.
- Lanier Middle School students Ethan Pepper and Zoe Morrison for winning first prize at the regional Kidwind competition and later took 6th place at the National Kidwind Compeition at the 2014 National Science Festival.
- Six LMS students from the Lanier Eco-Team was among the top 10 finalists in the Caring for Our Watersheds Contest at George Mason University in April 2014.
- LMS student Jake Seybold, the regional winner in the drawing category of the Scholastic Silver Key Award.
- Seven Fairfax High School students from the FHS Robotics Team for winning the best performing robot and best presentation at the Mini-Urban Navigational Robotics Regional Competition.
- Three FHS students for various art awards in photography, including Sarah Wasinger for 10 separate awards in a number of national and regional contests.
- Ashley Mejia Galeano and Zhidong Fang, two ESOL students for honorable mentions in the Global Awareness Technology Project.
- Four FHS students for the Grand Concours medal, a national French contest of the American Association of Teachers of French.
- FHS student Alicia Rodriguez, for winning the local and district Optimist International Oratorical contest and participated at the state level.
- FHS student Kyle Gallotta, for passing all eight areas of the NATEF/ASE certification, only one of five students in Fairfax County to pass all eight categories.
- Over 24 students who placed in the National Latin Exam’s second, third and fourth level testing.
- Five students for ranking on the National Roman Civilization Exam and two students for first and third places for the Classical Association of Virginia Latin Tournament Test.
- Nine FHS students for their second place finish out of 16 schools at the Washington Regional Alcohol Program promoting alcohol and drug-free lifestyles to their peers.
- Eight FHS students for awards at the Regional Science Fair
- Three FHS DECA students for first place in the State Leadership Conference in Finance Operations Research.