This past November, Kimball Area High School started a new Robotics program to enhance experiential learning opportunities for students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) studies.
KAHS joined and received support from the central Minnesota Dream It! Do It! VEX Robotics organization which is led by
St. Cloud Community and Technical College’s Energy and Electronics Department and their instructor Aaron Barker.
The KAHS Robotics group worked on their robot after school in the Technology Lab at KAHS. Students are mentored by Mr. Kevin Kieke. Kieke is a Kimball area resident and is the Director of Engineering at Sparboe Farms in Litchfield.
This group of dedicated young innovators benefited from teammates’ previous experience in competitive robotics and the shared inspiration found in technology and automation.
Grades 2 through 5
By Jay Klein, coach
Friday, Feb. 14, the Junior Cubs’ second-, third-, fourth- and fifth- grade players performed at halftime of the varsity boys’ basketball game against Holdingford. The players just completed a six-week Saturday-morning program learning various basketball fundamentals. Members of the boys’ and girls’ basketball teams helped coach Kuechle and coach Klein teach the players during the program.
Members of the grades 2-5 Junior Cubs include: Alyssa Anderson, Wyatt Anderson, Hallie Arnold, Jenna Christinsen, Mason Christensen, Morgan Danelke, Austin Decknatel, Jordyn Donnay, Matthew Eich, Christopher Erickson, Cheyenne Epple, Carter Groinus, Kristen Hilbert, Peyton Hooper, Kylie Kesanen, Caitlin Krippner, Emily Krohn, Brookelyn Kuechle, Ellie Kuechle, Cole Lindberg, Natalie Loehrer, Andrew Lueders, Bryce Lyrek, Ella Lyrek, Avery Maus, Ava Molitor, Olivia Mortenson, Madison Mueller, Lexi Myers, Sami Nelson, Evan Powell, Anjellina Schindele, Matix Schmidt, Morgan Streit, Izaak Theis, and Natalie VanNurden.
Friday, Feb. 14, although it was Valentine’s Day, KES school was in session. A celebration of a sort was in progress with inflatables in the school gym. The inflatables were a reward from Chip Shoppe for raising almost $8,000 for our school. The money will be used on I-pads and play-ground equipment for our third and final phase of this project. Staff photo by Stephanie Johnson.
It made national headlines two weeks ago because it happened in a Utah school. But it made local headlines eleven years ago because it was happening here too.
Students went through the lunch line but, if there wasn’t enough money in their lunch account, their trays were taken away from them and emptied into the garbage. In front of them and their schoolmates. It was a lose-lose situation all the way around: students were humiliated, food was wasted, and the school still lost money.
Thursday, March 13, has been selected as the day for Kimball’s Kindergarten Roundup for the school year 2014-2015. The plan is to meet in the Kimball Elementary School gym at 5:30 p.m.
This is for children who will be age 5 on or before Sept. 1, 2014.