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Rocket teams hope to eclipse competition
From Ms. Nail • Better Business Bureau’s “Law of Life” Writing Contest
Every year, the Better Business Bureau sponsors a writing contest to encourage young people to write about their “laws of life,” or their core values.Out of 435 entries in the San Antonio area, there were fourteen finalists attending the awards dinner banquet on March 25, 2015.Seven of the finalists were from Krueger Middle School.
Six students are from the KSAT Program and one from Krueger Middle School. From left to right Isaiah McRoberts – tied at 4th place, Elizabeth Fowler – finalist, Ethan Archer – finalist, Karina Eulloqui – finalist, Elizabeth McCormick – tied at 4th place, Vincent Ayala – finalist and Katie Hart - 1st Place Winner.
From Ms. Webster • Krueger’s CyberPatriot Teams Meets Mayor Ivy Taylor
Back row left to right: Daniel Costales, Principal John Smith, Tiffany Carson, Rylee Hupping, Whitney Hicks, Mayor Ivy Taylor, Joaquin Ortiz, Reid Fontana, and CoachWebster.
Front row left to right: Madeline Hickman, Jacob Rahimi, Fardeen Bhimani, and Wyland Harris.
Saturday, February 28, Krueger’s CyberPatriot teams met San Antonio mayor Ivy Taylor at the CyberPatriot Mayoral Luncheon at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center. At the Mayoral Luncheon many schools were honored and presented awards and scholarships. Mayor Ivy Taylor spoke to students, emphasizing the importance of San Antonio’s growing technology and Cybersecurity industry.
As stated atwww.uscyberpatriot.org: “CyberPatriot is the National Youth Cyber Education Program.At the center of CyberPatriot is the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition. The competition puts teams of high school and middle school students in the position of newly hired IT professionals tasked with managing the network of a small company. In the rounds of competition, teams are given a set of virtual images that represent operating systems and are tasked with finding cybersecurity vulnerabilities within the images and hardening the system while maintaining critical services in a six hour period.” What is it all about? See video.
Krueger’s teams meet in Mrs.Webster’s computer lab, room 507, Mondays afterschool till 5. CyberPatriot is open to everyone at Krueger, regardless of experience. There are teams of all grade levels, including an all-girls team.
The team is currently seeking mentors and volunteers for next year. If you are interested in working with students and know Linux, Cisco networking, can help set up a virtual machine, or have worked in Cybersecurity, please email Mrs. Webster at email@example.com and register at http://www.uscyberpatriot.org/. If you want to know more, read about the mentor program at http://www.northropgrumman.com/Capabilities/Cybersecurity/Documents/Assets/Mentors.pdf .
WHAT IS KSAT?
The Krueger School of Applied Technologies (KSAT) is a magnet program located on the campus of Krueger Middle School. This unique magnet program focuses on integrating core subject content using thematic units to build relevancy across the curriculum. By using hands-on activities and applying concepts to real world projects, students make connections between their traditional academic classes while learning to work as a team, improve self-discipline, and foster a lifelong desire to learn.
KSAT uses Aerospace Science and Technologies as its theme. Students take three years of rocketry and aviation classes as part of their core curriculum in addition to two required technology classes. The KSAT program uses project-based learning in which students apply either the scientific method or engineering design processes to complete major class projects. Using this style of teaching, the teachers are able to actively engage students in rigorous, inquiry based learning. The instructional units incorporate science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) with an emphasis on team work, problem solving, and improving communication skills.
As KSAT students progress through the program, their rocket projects increase in difficulty, requiring them to increase their understanding and use of STEM concepts. During 8th grade students take part in theTeam America Rocketry Challenge, a national rocket competition, as one of their unit projects, which allows them to demonstrate the level of skill they have acquired by attending the program. In 6th and 7th grade the technology courses use professional-grade software such as Adobe's Creative Suite and Blender. Students also have the opportunity to create websites and Android applications. KSAT is an all-around rigorous Pre-Advance Placement (Pre-AP) program in which students compete for admission. KSAT also offers Gifted and Talented classes to students.