During the month of October the 5th graders at Govalle Elementary participated in 3 sessions in partnership with Keep Austin Beautiful (KAB) to raise awareness on how to keep our watershed cleaner since we’re all part of the Lower Colorado River. Our sessions finished with a culminating project of cleaning up Govalle Park since it’s in our community. Thanks to our participation in the Keep Austin Beautiful Cleen Creek program Govalle Elementary is now a Clean Creek Campus!
Durante el mes de octubre, los estudiantes de 5to grado en Govalle participaron en 3 sesiones en colaboración con Keep Austin Beautiful (KAB) para crear conciencia sobre cómo mantener nuestro comunidad limpia ya que somos todos parte del Río Colorado. Nuestras sesiones terminaron con un proyecto final de la limpieza del parque Govalle ya que está en nuestra comunidad. Gracias a nuestra participación en el programa de Keep Austin Beautiful- Cleen Creek nuestra escuela Govalle es ahora un Clean Creek Campus!
During the week of November 11th, 5th grade students at Govalle Elementary will be participating in Earth Camp. Earth Camp is in partnership with The City of Austin to give students the knowledge of our city’s landform, ecosystem and how to protect it. The students will go on 4 different field trips throughout the week; The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, Blunn Creek, Zilker Park Splash! Exhibit, and the Becker Elementary Green Classroom.
Upon our return, students will have a deeper knowledge of our city’s life-source, the St. Edwards aquifer.
Durante la semana del 11 de noviembre los estudiantes de 5to grado de la Escuela Primaria Govalle estarán participando en el Earth Camp. Earth Camp se encuentra en asociación con la Ciudad de Austin para dar a los estudiantes el conocimiento de la forma de relieve de nuestra ciudad, el ecosistema y cómo protegerlo. Los estudiantes saldrán a la 4 excursiones diferentes a lo largo de la semana, The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, Blunn Creek, La exposición Splash! en el parque Zilker y Becker Elementary Green Classroom.
Al regreso, los estudiantes tendrán un conocimiento más profundo de la vida, fuente de nuestra ciudad, el acuífero St. Edwards.
As part of the 5th grade fundraising campaign, the teachers and the students in the grade have decided to have a Read-A-Thon to raise funds for the end of the year trip. Student will ask family, friends, and neighbors to donate their pennies, nickels and dimes to each page, chapter or BOOK the student reads during the afternoon of November 26th. Students will wear their pjs, get comfy and read to raise money!
Como parte de la recaudación de fondos de 5to grado, las maestras y los estudiantes en el grado han decidido tener un Read-A-Thon para recaudar fondos para el viaje del fin de año. El estudiante le pedirá a su familia, amigos y vecinos para donar sus centavos, y billetes por cada página, capítulo o un libro que el alumno leerá en la tarde del 26 de noviembre. Los estudiantes se pondrán sus pajamas y leerán para recaudar fondos!
Govalle Robotics in the news . . .
NI Program Creates Young Scienctis
National Instruments Brings Robotics to Govalle Elementary School
By David Yeomans
In the next five years, science-related jobs will make up almost half of the country's fastest-growing jobs. This means high-tech companies will be looking for more graduates with math and science training. Recognizing the demand, Austin-based National Instruments has a plan to help local schoolchildren learn about robotics. A group of fourth- and fifth-graders at Govalle Elementary are sacrificing their lunch hour to tackle the world's problems.
"We're working on a project to research wildfires because that's our natural disaster," a student participating in the program said.
Using a scaled-down setup of a real-world disaster scene, these students are strategizing how to deliver supplies and otherwise help people impacted by a wildfire emergency. And they are doing it all with robots. "All of these problems, these large issues, can be broken down to smaller issues," National Instruments System Engineer and mentor to Govalle Elementary students Antonio Delgado said. "And we're just going to tackle one little piece at a time."
Using an only slightly-simplified version of software adult engineers around the world use, one student showed us just how much he has learned. "So you just wrote this program in, how long?" I asked.
"Like five minutes," David Zuniga said. And just like that, the robot executes a programmed movement designed to aid in disaster recovery. But Delgado says that more than programming and engineering, this is about teamwork.
"Those friendships, I really believe, are going to last longer than the duration of this entire classroom," Delgado said. "And if they get to learn math and science along the way and they get to support each other for a lifetime, we've won. Everyone's won."
"On three.. Golden Warriors. Here we go," Delgado said, leading their parting cheer, "1, 2, 3... Golden Warriors!"
Govalle students will compete against other schools taking part in the robotics program in December.