The FIRST Stronghold arena consists of a tower for each alliance and five defenses to protect it. (courtesy of FIRST Robotics.)
North, Hill-Murray, Mounds Park kids are gearing up for high-tech contest this weekend
Robots fighting a medieval siege may sound like the plot for a new young adult novel, but it’s actually the premise of a technology competition that is generating growing interest with 14- though 18-year-olds.
High school students from the region will be gathering in Minneapolis this week to test their robots against those of their opponents on a medieval siege-themed course.
North High School and Hill-Murray High School will be competing in the 10,000 Lakes Regional event, and Mounds Park Academy’s team is entered in the North Star Regional event.
Breanne Foster, ACS Relay For Life community manager; Sarah Jorgenson, North HS junior and Relay For Life volunteer; Ryan Peterson, North HS junior and Relay For Life volunteer; Sen. Chuck Wiger; Madilyn Rehr, North HS senior and Relay For Life volunteer.
Leaders of the North High School Relay for Life team met with their state senator Feb. 24 to show support for cancer research and prevention. The students showed Sen.
The city of North St. Paul in partnership with Northeast Metro 916 are building a home at 2341 14th Ave. near Tower Park. (Linda Baumeister/Review)
High school students learn hands-on while building a house
Northeast Metro 916 Career & Technical Center’s construction occupations class is not like any shop class students might otherwise take in high school. In this class about 40 high school students work together to build a house from the ground up in a single school year.
“There is no better collaboration that I’ve seen ever,” says 916 Career Tech principal Jill Stewart-Kellar.
Instructor Tom Spehn adds, “The students who take my class typically are the hands-on learners, so a lot of students might not have a lot of success in the typical classroom setting that has you sit behind a desk for an hour and memorize theory. Here they actually apply it.”
“I like to do work with my hands mostly,” says North senior Reid Olson who was drawn to the program because of his interest in construction. He is especially excited to see how all the individual pieces of the project come together as a whole.
During the 2015-2016 school year, the students are building a single-family home at 2341 14th Ave. E., North St. Paul.
On Aug. 12, North St. Paul siblings Evan, 16, and Charlotte Gill, 21, completed a 1,100-mile hike along the Ice Age Trail in Wisconsin. (Erin Hinrichs/Review)
Today’s youth have grown up with smartphones that map their routes, video games that allow them to communicate with their friends remotely, and travel opportunities that enable them to expand their horizons overseas.
Three high school students from North St. Paul — Alison Michelle Anderson, Izabella George and Jeremy Wales — are appearing in a new musical called "Seriously Bugged!" at the Minneapolis Fringe Festival.
Even the media get into the act in District 622 Summer Theatre’s “Anything Goes” during the final dress rehearsal at North High July 22. Claire Clauson plays Reno Sweeney, nightclub singer and former evangelist attracting star attention as madcap adventures are about to begin aboard the liner S.S. American.
District 622’s Summer Theatre presented the musical comedy “Anything Goes,” July 23-26.