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  • The "Builders" are one of two Halls of Learning teams going to a FIRST Lego League competition in Worcester, MA on December 18, 2010: [gallery link="file" orderby="rand"] (not pictured: "Freddie Pocus") The Builders have selected aneurysms as the medical problem they hope to use biomedical engineering to solve!
  • After a late night flight, we were all well tired by the time we reached our hotel, the Royal Sonesta, in Cambridge. After we got settled, we headed out to the Museum of Science, a short (chilly!) walk away.  We ate lunch in the café overlooking the Charles River, and then saw the Lightning! show, an IMAX movie (Thrill Ride), and wandered through the exhibits. The next morning, we headed out to iRobot, in Bedford, MA. ...
  • Halls of Learning has two teams hard at work preparing for an upcoming FIRST Lego League ("FLL") championship tournament in Worcester, MA on December 18, 2010: LYM Jrs. "Builders" and "Coders" In FLL competitions, teams are judged on two components, the Robot Game and the Project, each of which relates to an annual theme. This year's theme is "Body Forward" which challenges participants to explore the world of biomedical ...
  • After the whirlwind packed schedule of the first few days, on Sunday we slept in and went to the MIT Museum in the afternoon. There was a big exhibit on Robotics, and some excellent holograms, but we loved the kinetic sculpture of Arthur Ganson - particularly this one. Afterwards, we stopped at Toscanini's for some of Boston's best ice cream (even with its cold winters, Boston has some of the best ice cream in the country ...
  • Well, today marks the end of Week 2 - and we're having a blast!  Can't believe we're halfway through :( Check out some of our photos from camp so far: http://www.facebook.com/media/albums/?id=16522232617 The Early Builders section is sold out for Week 3, and space is going fast in Week 4!  The other sections (Young Inventors, Artful Bricksters, Storytella-botics, Robotineers and Puzzle Yuh Brain) are also filling up fast.  Please sign your child up today to ensure ...
  • The Coders are one of two Halls of Learning teams going to the FIRST Lego League competition in Worcester, MA on December 18, 2010: [gallery link="file" orderby="rand"] The Coders are focusing on Parkinson's Disease as the problem they hope to use biomedical engineering to solve.
  • After a looooooong day Friday, we were up bright and early to get to Worcester Polytechnic Institute, site of Robonautica, the Massachusetts state championships for FIRST Lego League.  We had two teams: 123 and 124 - but there were tons of other kids there, who had been working hard on their robots and projects. The tournament organizers asked us to sing the Jamaican National Anthem during the opening ceremonies. And then it was time for our first matches! Thanks to the advice of Bruce James, President of MVP ...
  • in December, our Builders and Coders teams visited iRobot, in Bedford, MA - there we saw and got to play with a PackBot - a robot now being used in Fukushima, Japan to detect radiation levels in parts of the plant that are too radioactive for humans: http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2011/04/17/business/AP-AS-Japan-Earthquake.html?_r=1&smid=tw-nytimes&seid=auto
  •   We're hard at working preparing for the start of camp next week!  The legos are sorted, the activities planned - the fun is about to begin!   Join us!  Click on the "Programmes" link for more information and to register for the summer sessions at Stella Maris Pastoral Centre, Mondays - Thursdays, July 4 - 28, 9 am to 1 pm. See you there!
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