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First Robotics Championship - Yekaterinburg 4.0

The regional stage of the First Robotics Championship - Yekaterinburg 4.0 finished at the beginning of February. Our team made it to the finals of the national championship.

The team consisted of students of the tenth grade: Nariman Shafikov, students of the eighth grade: Almaz Galin and Anvar Maulin, as well as coach Maxim Nikitin.

This season the organizers paid attention to different types of energy sources, ways of its storage, distribution and consumption. The task of the contestants was to rethink the production and use of energy, as well as to propose new ideas on energy.

Participants were judged in four competencies: basic principles, robot design, robot play, and an innovative project related to the main theme of the season.

During three days a team of students assembled a robot based on LEGO EV3 constructor and programmed it to perform tasks using sensors. The students also developed an innovative project - insoles with built-in piezo elements that release electricity when walking. Its amount is enough to charge a small external battery for 1-2 hours of walking a day for 3-4 days.

According to the coach, in the future, the team will change the design of the robot and the software code to maximize scores. There are also plans to turn the prototype of the innovative development into a full-fledged project.

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IB Student Conferences: Opportunities for Empowerment

Student conferences within IB PYP programme were held at AIS to reflect the students’ progress in academic disciplines and core competencies under the new school strategy on April 10-11.

Students of KG1 - Grade 2 and their parents participated in the Three-Way Conferences that involved three parties: students, parents and teachers. The conference participants discussed students’ progress and achievements emphasizing on the strengths and areas for improvement as well as setting future goals for the next academic year and the ways to assist in their attainment. AIS students shared their thoughts and ideas on inquiries conducted, assessed their role in inquiry activities, demonstrated the works, selected by them well in advance with the teacher’s support, and their portfolios.

The format of Student Led Conferences for Grade 3 - Grade 6 allowed the students to arrange and run conferences on their own. The student portfolio was the main focus of the conferences as it compiles many great examples from different units of inquiry. It gives the students the chance to take full ownership of their work while making their parents proud of all that they have done throughout the year.

The days of student conferences turned to be special for the entire school community and gave our students the unique opportunities for empowerment and engagement. We would like to express gratitude to all AIS families for taking the time to recognize the full worth of a strong IB education!