Team SISD students are gearing up for competitions, events and more endless opportunities to learn in challenging and fun ways this spring.
SISD provides students unique ways to explore the fun of robotics and technology, bond with their families, and grow as readers and mathematicians. The many offerings help students become better learners and prepare them for college, careers, and life.
The semester kicked off with Robocom 5.0, an exciting contest for elementary and middle school students to solve real-world science and technological challenges through programming and code. The contest theme was “Into Orbit” and challenged students with the task of building a project focused on robotics that shows how humans can survive in space for the long-term.
The fun continued at the Mother-Daughter Conference for SISD girls and their mothers or mother figures. The free event offered sessions that explored special programs in SISD, information about post-secondary institutions, social media safety, and community service opportunities. Participants also engaged in physical activity and adventure with escape rooms and capoeira, an Afro-Brazilian martial art that combines elements of dance, acrobatics, and music.
The Battle of the Bluebonnets, a reading contest for elementary students, is one of many upcoming events this spring. The event is from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Feb. 22 at the District Service Center. The trivia-style contest is the only one of its kind in El Paso. Guest speaker at the event is the award-winning author and storyteller, Joe Hayes, whose book, “Grandpa’s Hal-lo-yoo-ya Hambone,” has been nominated for the Texas Bluebonnet Award.
On Feb. 28, Team SISD students will celebrate Digital Learning Day at the district’s technology showcase from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the District Service Center. The event is a demonstration of projects that integrate technology in the classroom such as app creation, video production and graphic design. This year’s showcase also will feature a Sphero challenge for WIN Academy students where they will develop an amusement park for their robots using code.
Students and employees districtwide will honor Texas Independence Day March 1 with a Western Day. The annual event will include numerous contests and Team SISD cowboys and cowgirls are invited to dress up in their finest western attire.
Kindergarten to fifth-grade students will participate in the SISD Math Bee March 2 at Eastlake High School. Math Bee, which is similar to a spelling bee, turns math into a game with the element of competition. Students enjoy answering challenging math questions using problem solving skills, speed and accuracy.
One of the district’s biggest events is the SISD Spring Games, which will be on April 3. Special needs students will participate in track and field events, such as 10 and 25 meter walks, assisted walks, 25, 50, 100, 200 and 400 meter runs. Other events include relay races, wheelchair races with and without assistance, bike races, ball throws and javelin throws.