BRAND NEW trophy!

Da Vinci has a BRAND NEW trophy!

The Da Vinci Lego Dragons (composed of 6th through 8th graders) competed against 30 other teams and brought home the “FIRST PLACE Presentation” trophy from last Saturday’s FIRST Lego League Texas – West Region Championship!

Our winning team of ten included: Peter Sanchez, Paloma Rodriguez, Lorenzo Rodriguez, Magdiel Paz, Orlando Loveras, Matthew Huff, Daniel Espejo, Desiree Chavez, Fernando Castaneda, and Sebastian Canales.

Their proud coach, Mrs. Peacock, says, “WAY TO GO, Lego Dragons!”

The 21st Annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure

The 21st Annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure

More than 8,500 people registered for the 21st Annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. A competitive run, noncompetitive run/walk and the very first children’s run were among the events. Last year, $208,000 of the money raised at the event was reinvested into the El Paso community. Thanks to all who participated and volunteered to make this a very special event for our Burnham Wood Charter School District family.

 

The Da Vinci School Robotics Team

The Da Vinci School Robotics Team

The Da Vinci Robotics Team had a great showing at the State FTC Competition and made great strides this year. Our small team of 4 students worked around the clock putting in remarkable efforts to make sure the robot was in good shape as well as themselves. It was quite a thing to behold watching these students work so hard and to take pride in all their efforts. The team had a rough start with the first match but managed to come out with a win.

Throughout the day FTC 5670 competed in strong showings and won 4 straight matches against teams from El Paso and around Texas. We held a top 5 placing throughout the day with impressive scoring. The Fifth and last match of the day was the only loss for our team and regrettably dropped us to a 7th place in the standings out of 20 plus teams.  With this standing we were unable to make it to the final round but the team took great pride in all they had accomplished and were excited about their chances for next year. We are still waiting to hear from the FTC organization about any other awards but currently we came home with a 7th place ranking in the State of Texas.
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While we were the smallest team at the competition we put in some monumental efforts and had great success throughout the day. Each student worked incredibly hard, made good connections with other teams and had a good time competing. Please visit the teams web site and watch the videos of our competition.

Da Vinci School Science Fair

Da Vinci School Science Fair

On January 16, 2013,  Da Vinci School held its annual science fair  for 7th through 12th Grades.
The students participated in  various categories, such as: engineering, chemistry, behavioral sciences,  physics, plant sciences, health, etc.

We were honored to have science  fair judges from UTEP, NMSU, Texas Tech, active and retired math and science  teachers, and the private sector.

Winners of the science fair  advanced to compete with EPISD, Ysleta ISD, Socorro ISD, Charter, and Catholic  Schools, at the Sun Country Science Fair on February 23, 2013 at UTEP. Winners  of that science fair will have the opportunity to compete at the Intel  International Science and Engineering Fair, scheduled for May 12-17, 2013 in  Phoenix, AZ.

We wish good luck to our  outstanding students! Go dragons!

El Paso School Using STEM Education: Advancing Students to College and STEM Careers February 24, 2013

El Paso School Using STEM Education: Advancing Students to College and STEM Careers February 24, 2013

The Texas Association for College Admission Counseling (TACAC) awarded Jill Willis, an Academic Guidance Counselor at El Paso’s Da Vinci School for Science and the Arts, with a Fellowship to the Admission and College Counseling Institute.  As a participant of the Institute Willis will receive TACAC’s most comprehensive professional development and have access to a wide network of professionals in the post-secondary academic counseling field.

The Texas Association for College Admission Counseling (TACAC) awarded Jill Willis, an Academic Guidance Counselor at El Paso’s Da Vinci School for Science and the Arts, with a Fellowship to the Admission and College Counseling Institute.  As a participant of the Institute Willis will receive TACAC’s most comprehensive professional development and have access to a wide network of professionals in the post-secondary academic counseling field.

Willis’ work focuses on students in the 8th through 12th grade at Da Vinci — a Recognized rated charter school within the Burnham Wood Charter School District (BWCSD).  The school follows a rigorous 5-12 Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) curriculum, and Willis is in charge of advising students in the areas of career exploration, college investigation, post secondary academic planning and professional development.  She is currently pursuing her PhD in Counseling Education at Texas Tech and believes that the TACAC Fellowship will allow her to directly connect Da Vinci students with colleges and universities throughout the nation.
“The students who choose to come to Da Vinci do so because they are focused on academics,” said Willis.  As the need for more professionals in the STEM fields continues to increase, schools around the nation are scrambling to implement curricula that will prepare graduates for a high-tech economy.  BWCSD schools are already prepared for this challenge.
Charter Schools within The Burnham Wood School District are well known for their rigorous, academic curriculum.  Students begin STEM project-based learning in Kindergarten, strengthening their skills as they move on to middle and high school.  Classes are small, 100 students per grade level, and allow teachers to give each student the attention they deserve.  Before graduating, 100 percent of students will have completed four years of engineering, mathematics, science, and technology.

“Our students are completely engaged in STEM and enthusiastic about their future in college,” said Iris Burnham, District Superintendent.  “Our teachers and counselors begin working with our students at the 9th grade level to ensure that they qualify for the Dual Credit Courses.  As a result, all of our 11th and 12th graders are able to begin accumulating college credits and will have an advantage when they begin their post-secondary education.”  For more information visit www.burnhamwood.org.