Students at Braddock Elementary will start their third year with the VEXIQ Robotics Program. Students in grades 3 -5 sign up to participate in the afterschool activity where they learn how to design, build and program a VEXIQ Robot. The club meets once a week for one hour and thirty minutes. Students have the opportunity to continue their learning about robots during the summer program. Students also participate in Robotics presentations, conferences and competition. Students are able to continue their work with VEX Robotics in Middle School and High School.
KAST: Kids Are Scientists Too (w/Thomas Jefferson HS)
Students in grades 4 and 5 sign up to work with KAST Club members from Thomas Jefferson High School twice a month. The students work together to explore Science concepts of Sir Isaac Newton. This is a great activity to prepare students for the Fifth Grade Virginia Science Standards of Learning Test in a fun and relaxing atmosphere.
CODING: Computer Science
Kick off for learning about Computer Science STARTS every year in December! All students at Braddock Elementary learn about CODING/Computer Science and continue to explore all of the possibilities with the CODE.ORG website. Students in Grades 2 – 4 also participate in the CODING Café from November to January each year. All classroom Computer Centers have links to CODING activities for students to explore during independent work time.
BEAS: Braddock Environmental Action Students
From March to October, students in Grades 2 -5 are given an opportunity to participate in afterschool activities to learning about the importance of Gardening. Braddock Elementary has several outdoor learning sites. Students are involved in planting flowers and vegetables as well as developing habitats for insects and local outdoor animals.
GEMS: Girls Exploring Engineering, Mathematics, and Science
Young ladies participating in Robotics & Coding are selected to participate in numerous activities throughout the school year to encourage them to consider Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics as a future career. There are several organizations such as Women In Technology, Robotics Education Competition Foundation, Girls Code, Girls In Technology, The Pearl Project and NOVA Systemic Solutions provide activities and events to encourage and support girls to explore STEM fields.
SHINE 4 Girls (Mathematics Confidence)
SHINE4GIRLS is an organization designed by young women who mentor High School, Middle School and Elementary School girls to build their confidence in Mathematics. SHINE4Girls uses dance and games to tutor girls in Mathematics and build their confidence to participate in higher level Mathematics courses.
Pearl Project Summer Institute
The summer program focuses on STEM activities for students to explore Robotics, Technology, Engineering and Science. This is usually a four week program, during the month of July, providing one week of activities in each area.
School Safety Patrols
The School Safety Patrol program provides an opportunity for 4th and 5th grade students learn the importance of leadership. The Safety Patrol position is considered “first job” experience. Students are “Safety Observers” who report an unsafe activities in and around the school building. The Safety Patrols also deliver breakfast to classrooms each morning and learn the importance of responsibility and being on time!
Watch our band and chorus students perform at the winter concert in December 2017. A special "Thank you!" to Laura Miller and Anna Lammers, our amazing Music teachers who created, edited and shared the video for publication.