It was an exciting and enjoyable three days of STEM and STEAM activity, and coaches and students are all leaving the 2018 ISSEA STEM tournament with much to think about, reflect on and be happy and proud. Each school, each team, each student can be proud of their participation this weekend. Some are leaving as medal winners, but more importantly ALL are leaving as engineers, designers, innovators, troubleshooters, cheerleaders, thinkers, collaborators ...and winners!
Amesegenalaho to all who came to Addis Ababa in 2018. We're looking forward to Dar es Salaam in 2019!!
The 2018 ISSEA Botball tournament was an amazing thing. The excitement amongst the spectators was palpable: people were standing, craning their necks to see the results, there were cheers (for ALL teams), laughter, tears, shouts.
The competitors were elated as well as distraught - things sometimes went perfectly and teams went further than they had thought they were able to go, while sometimes the robots seemed to have a mind of their own and went off and wrecked the plans of the programmers and engineers.
Take a look at the tournament bracket. The numbers are there, showing the winners and losers and their scores. But the excitement doesn't shine through. You have to look closely.
Two industrious tenth grade students at ICS have created a computer application to share information about the 2018 ISSEA STEM tournament. You can download either a Windows or Macintosh OSX version of the application from this link. Please download, tell your computer to trust the app (it does not have malware in it, honest!!) and see team photos, a campus map, etc.
We're counting down the days until the 2018 ISSEA STEM tournament! We're finalizing preparations and getting everything moved into place, getting ready for lift-off next Thursday morning!
STEM Talks are being chosen, STEM TV is being edited together, Botball tables are being built for the tournament... it's all happening!
10, 9, 8, 7, 6...
It's only ten days left until ISSEA STEM 2018! We're looking forward to getting all the students together next week and have a terrific tournament!
The deadline for submissions of STEM Talks and STEM TV clips has officially passed, but we'll still take submissions through the first part of this week. By Friday, we'll start compiling the STEM TV video and we'll have the STEM Talks scheduled already. If you've got something to share, please get it in today or tomorrow!
See you next week!
T-Shirts are here, medals are printing, robots are being tested, scoresheets are ready, volunteers are being organized, we're getting ready for the big event in TWO SHORT WEEKS!
STEM TV submissions are coming in ...they're looking great, but we still need more. Same thing with STEM Talks. Please do submit your videos in the links on those pages.
Any last minute questions? Post them in the Forum.
See you in 14 days!
Is it March already?? How time flies while we're having fun! It's only 5 weeks until the STEM tournament! Hopefully, your team is working hard on Maths, Science (Hovercraft) and Robotics. Here are some other things to plan:
1) Bottle Rockets will be built during the tournament. You can do some preparation at home (check out the updated information on the Science page), but we'll provide all the materials here in April.
2) STEM talks should be prepared in advance. We'll need to see a video of your talk before April 1st. See the STEM Talks page for more information.
3) Videos and other digital creation for STEM TV should be prepared in advance. Submissions from any school student are welcome! See the STEM TV page for more information.
4) Check out the Forums for further updates!
See you next month!
We're excited to be including a Robot Sumo event once again at the ISSEA STEM Tournament. AISM pioneered this event in 2017 and it was a great success: challenging and exciting. Once again, this is an optional event and not part of the official ISSEA scoring.
This year, we're changing the rules and game board while keeping the principals the same. This time, we're adapting and using the Bottle Sumo rules from Robofest. As ISSEA will be moving to Robofest in 2019, we think that this is a great opportunity to start the transition.
Details of the competition and a form to be used to register a team are on the Robotics Events page. You can also contact Leulseged Assefa, who's coordinating the event, directly.
Now that the Season 2 ISSEA tournaments have concluded, it's time to look forward to Season 3 ...and that includes STEM!
Preparations are in full swing at ICS to host an awesome tournament. We're looking forward to an exciting and fun event, with lots of challenges for students. We've finalized the rules for the Science and Mathematics events, and the Botball game is published with deadlines being tweaked for the documentation rounds. We're also planning a repeat of the optional (but highly engaging) Robot Sumo! All systems are go!
Coaches with questions should contact John Iglar, who's coordinating the 2018 STEM tournament for ICS Addis (along with our fantastic AD, Mick Cooper.)
The theme for 2018 will be "To Boldly Go." Whether it's by hovercraft, rocket, robot or the strength of our own imagination and knowledge, ISSEA STEM students are going places!
2018 ISSEA STEM
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