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Middle School Clubs & Organizations

Lego Robotics

First LEGO League (FLL) introduces younger students to real-world engineering challenges by building LEGO-based robots to complete tasks on a thematic playing surface. In the Middle School, we usually have two robotics teams, Blue Eagles and Gold Eagles, which depends on the number of participants. These FLL teams, guided by their imaginations and adult coaches, discover exciting career possibilities and, through the process, learn to make positive contributions to society. What FLL teams accomplish is nothing short of amazing. It’s fun. It’s exciting. And the skills they learn will last a lifetime.  Middle-school students will:

1. Design, build and program robots using LEGO MINDSTORMS® technology.
2. Apply real-world math and science concepts.
3. Research challenges facing today’s scientists.
4. Learn critical thinking, team-building and presentation skills.
5. Participate in tournaments and celebrations.

Our first informational meeting is on Wednesday, August 31, starting at 3:15pm, in the 5th grade science room, #216.

We encourage any students and their family who are interested in joining our team to attend The FIRST 2016 Season Kickoff on Saturday, September 10th starting from 9:00am at the Memorial Union on the ASU Tempe Campus.

Our weekly meetings are on Wednesdays (starting September 7) from 3:15-4:30pm, in the 5th grade science room, #216. Students are also encouraged to come to optional meetings on Friday after school from 2:15 – 3:30pm.  Saturday meetings will be added from September 17–until the tournament day in November. Saturday meeting are from 1:00 – 4:00pm.

Tournament day for both teams is likely going to be Saturday, November 19.  This date still needs to be confirmed by Arizona FLL, which is scheduled to be announced September 1st and date is subject to change. 

Middle School Robotics Club will also continue on Wednesdays into the Spring with various fun activities, which will also be announced after the tournament season.

For more information, please contact faculty sponsor Jesse Munch at jesse.munch@pcds.org or Maki Fullerton at maki.fullerton@pcds.org

Arizona FIRST LEGO League Website: http://outreach.engineering.asu.edu/azfll/
FIRST LEGO League Global Website: http://www.usfirst.org/roboticsprograms/fll
“What’s FIRST LEGO League?” Video: http://youtu.be/ydLJKFi0vHA

Outdoor Adventure Club

The Outdoors Club is geared toward immersing students in the Arizona landscape through weekend expeditions. Over the course of a fall, students will have several opportunities to hike, backpack, climb, and explore a range of environments that Arizona has to offer. This year, a small group of high school students trained in outdoor leadership skills will also accompany middle school students on these trips serving as role models for what it means to be safe and self-sufficient leaders.  Any questions please contact Hallie Mueller, Outdoors Club Coordinator at hallie.mueller@pcds.org

Trip Dates:
September 2nd-3rd: Campout and hike to lava tubes and volcanic hoodoos

September 16th-18th: Backpack and campout in West Clear Creek

November 4th-5th: Campout and hike in Mcdowell Mountains

Student Council

Student Council is a student-based organization designed to promote school spirit and leadership among middle school students. Students participating in Student Council will demonstrate a high level of leadership ability and serve as good examples of behavior through their actions. Student Council provides an excellent opportunity for students to make new friends, practice planning skills, and enhance the environment of their school.

Students will plan and organize Middle School activities such as community service events, the 7th and 8th-grade dance, the 5th and 6th-grade social, as well as weekly middle school meetings.

For more information, contact faculty advisors Mr. Jim Waller (jim.waller@pcds.org) or Rachel Scarpone (rachel.scarpone@pcds.org)

Speech and Debate Team

The National Championship PCDS Middle School Speech & Debate team is a tremendous way to gain confidence, become a better public speaker, and learn to argue with best of them! There are two components to the team:

1-The competition team is composed of 6th through 8th graders who audition and make the team. These students will compete at several tournaments throughout the school year in Arizona and outside the state in competitive speech and debate. Students will have practice two to three days a week and will occasionally have more practice when leading up to a tournament.

2-The Speech & Debate elective is a chance for ALL 5th through 8th graders to learn the skills of public speaking, speech writing, acting, and debate without the commitment of practices and tournaments. The elective meets on Wednesday's during the school day and will culminate in attending one speech and debate tournament held at PCDS.

Auditions for the competitive team will take place August 30, 31, and September 1 from 3:15 pm until 5:00 pm. More information to follow - students only need to be at one day of the audition at their assigned time slot.

For questions or to know more about our team, please contact C. Ryan Joyce at Ryan.Joyce@pcds.org.

Chess Club

Arizona Chess Central presents Creative Thinking Through Chess! Students in pre-k through fourth grade have fun with their friends when they join Certified Chess Master Michael Reading and his team for group instruction, chess computer lab, one-on-one instruction, and peer instruction utilizing Coach Reading’s proven curriculum. Chess Club meets on Tuesdays, 3:00-4:30 p.m. in Burch Hall.

Program Provided by AZ Chess Central

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      Grades Pre-k - 8     Tuesdays, 3:00-4:30 p.m.     Sessions 1 - 4



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