January 9, 2019

School Matters 1/9/2019

Chapin to Host “Art of Screen Time” Author

Anya Kamenetz, NPR commentator and author of the acclaimed The Art of Screen Time: How Your Family Can Balance Digital Media and Real Life, will be speaking at Chapin School Princeton on Tuesday, January 15 at 7 p.m.

An expert on education and technology and mother of two young children, Kamenetz will talk about her 2018 book, which, according to the Chapin website, “hones a simple message: Enjoy Screens. Not too much. Mostly with others.”

The product of hundreds of surveys of fellow parents The Art of Screen Time presents “a philosophy that will help parents moderate technology in their children’s lives, curb their own anxiety, and create room for a happy, healthy family life with and without screens,” the Chapin press release reports.

Kamenetz’s website describes her book as “the essential, don’t-panic, evidence-based guide and exploration of how to have a happy family life and raise healthy, successful kids in the age of babies with iPads and moms on their phones at the playground.”

Visit www.chapinschool.org for more information and to pre-register for the event.

YingHua School to Partner with Princeton University

The YingHua International School in Kingston has announced that it will be partnering with the Princeton University Athletics Department on a new program in character development.

Awards for persistent self-reflection and growth mindsets in their academic learning and social interactions will be presented to YingHua students, pre-K to eighth grade, multiple times throughout the year.

The YingHua students themselves nominate classmates who demonstrate the attributes of accountability, team orientation, integrity, growth-mindedness, engagement, and respect. Teachers select the award winners from the group of nominees.

Emanuel Kowalski, Hendrik Ohrt-Fritz, Jordana Schaffel, Sophia Amato, Nylah Cunningham, Sterling Monaghan, Emilia Retuerto, Oscar Chang, Vito Marcogliese, Oriana Marcano, Ethan Ho, and Skylar Schlitz-Rouse were first round award winners, and have received tickets to an upcoming game at Princeton University.

PRISMS Robotics Team Will Defend Tournament Title

Princeton International School of Math and Science (PRISMS) robotics team has advanced to the finals of the International Space Station (ISS) Zero Robotics High School Tournament 2018 again this year. Barring possible delays or cancellation caused by the government shutdown, the PRISMS team will be traveling to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) later this month to defend its title.

The PRISMS team, advised by engineering instructor Gregory Herman, has advanced from the preliminary round through to the alliance round, where it will be paired with the Proxima Centauri team from Livorno, Italy and the Rangers team from Sugar Land, Texas.

The finalists will see code they have written run in the SPHERES satellites aboard the ISS with live transmission from space. The finals, to be webcast live, will take place simultaneously at MIT, a European Space Agency site, and at the University of Sydney in Australia.

Opening the ISS research facilities to high school students, Zero Robotics tournaments are designed to build critical engineering skills for students, including problem solving, design thought process, operations training, and teamwork.

This year’s finals competition involves linking up with and towing a dead or malfunctioning satellite.