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Rosarian Academy’s Glocalizers Finalist in Philanthropy Challenge

By Cara Hansen 

March 16, 2016, West Palm Beach, Florida -- A team of 18 seventh- and eighth-grade Rosarian Academy students, the Glocalizers, are competing in the Palm Beach Philanthropy Tank challenge which offers local middle and high school students an opportunity to create and implement innovative solutions to community issues and social problems in Palm Beach County. More than 35 submissions were received, and Rosarian's Glocalizers team has been selected as one of nine finalists.

For this challenge, the Glocalizers are partnering locally with The Lord's Place to fight youth homelessness in our cities through promoting awareness, making policy recommendations and active participation.

The Glocalizers are now invited to "pitch" their idea live, on stage, on Thursday, March 17 at the Harriet Himmel Theater at CityPlace. The judges are four area philanthropists who each personally committed $25,000 -- William Meyer, Julie Fisher Cummings, Danielle H. Moore, and Eric Becker. Finalists will have the opportunity to receive up to $15,000 for their idea, and will be mentored by the contributing philanthropist for the year that follows the event.

Rosarian Academy students participating in the Philanthropy Tank challenge include: Meredith Anderson, Gemma Conroy, Bella Vega-Dadurian, Hope Diffenderfer, Devyn Dyett, Gabriela Faber, Jack Fields, Isabella Fiorentino, Marlowe Flom, Liam Groth, Bettina Johnston, Sofia Mendez, Johnny Molina, Drew O'Brien, Thomas Raymond, Jack Shepherd, Lacey Steele, and Van Gronberg.

The Glocalizers are also competing in the Global Change Challenge. In this challenge, the team is partnering with seventh- and eighth-grade students from Nazareth School, a Catholic school in Addis Adaba, Ethiopia, to address youth homelessness. 

Rosarian Academy, founded in 1925, educates students from early childhood through eighth grade and offers an exceptionally strong 21st-century academic program enriched by athletics, visual and performing arts, and community service opportunities. The independent, Catholic school is located in downtown West Palm Beach and is sponsored by the Adrian Dominican Sisters. Rosarian is celebrating its 90th anniversary this school year. 

For more information, visit www.rosarian.org or call 561-345-3106. 


Hour of Code Kicks Off Introduction of STEM Lab

By Cara Hansen

January 14, 2016, West Palm Beach, Florida – In celebration of Computer Science Education Week, Rosarian Academy’s technology staff introduced first- through fourth-grade students to an “Hour of Code” in an effort to demystify computer coding and to show that anybody can learn the basics of computer science. With a keen eye on the future of learning, Rosarian Academy is nurturing problem-solving skills, logic and creativity, and providing a foundation for success in any 21st-century career path. 

Fourth-grade Rosarian Academy student Harrison Ashley learns how to code during Computer Science Education Week. Photo Submitted by Rosarian Academy

Rosarian Academy’s implementation of the Hour of Code was the kick-off to the school adding the Science, Technology, Engineer, and Mathematics (STEM) Lab into the Lower School curriculum. Beginning in January 2016, kindergartners through fourth-grade students will attend a STEM Lab class every other week. 

This STEM experience has been designed to enhance and connect the students’ scientific experimentation being done in the science classrooms, elementary science lab, and co-curricular computer labs, where they practice skills such as keyboarding and creating PowerPoint presentations. The STEM Lab classes include coding and engineering principles and incorporate projects that integrate science, engineering, and math through the use of technology. 

Implemented at the beginning of the school year, Rosarian started offering co-curricular robotics classes to its middle school fifth to eighth grade) students. Robotics class includes learning coding and HTML.

Rosarian Academy, founded in 1925, educates students from early childhood through eighth grade and offers an exceptionally strong 21st-century academic program enriched by athletics, visual and performing arts, and community service opportunities. The independent, Catholic school is located in downtown West Palm Beach and is sponsored by the Adrian Dominican Sisters. Rosarian is celebrating its 90th anniversary this school year. 

For more information, visit www.rosarian.org or call 561-345-3106.  

Feature photo: Third-graders Matias Bessenroght (left) and Finn Duran have fun learning how to code on the iPad. Photo submitted by Rosarian Academy.


 

 

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