FBISD’s Math and Science Academy hosts freshman orientation and robotics event

Pictured (clockwise from left) are Math and Science Academy ninth-graders John Tran, Jason Yang, Tyler Southern, Chintall Patel, Shreya Narayan, Allison Yelvington and Srishti Sanghui.

The Math and Science Academy at Dulles High School welcomed approximately 100 ninth graders to its Freshman Orientation and Robotics Event on August 14. The event gave the new students an opportunity to meet with fellow Academy peers and mentors, learn more about the program, and engage in a group activity using Lego Robotics kits provided by Sue Burns, Robotics Engineer at NASA.

Amber Pearson, Math and Science Academy Coordinator, welcomed students to the event and shared details about what they can expect to learn throughout the school year. She also led students in an icebreaker activity before involving them in a robotics group activity that allowed them to utilize their science and interpersonal skills. Students also received their Academy t-shirts and met with representatives of the school’s Red Cross Club, Student Council and National Honor Society to receive membership information.

Pearson is excited about what the new school year will bring. “We are entering year three of the program and are expecting an enrollment of approximately 260 students this year,” she said. “In addition to receiving new students, we are also introducing organic chemistry, scientific research and design, and multivariable calculus components to the program.”

The Math and Science Academy at Dulles High School is one of 10 academies offered in Fort Bend ISD. Also available at the high school level are the Electrical Engineering Academy at Marshall High School, the Engineering Academy at Elkins High School, the Global Studies Academy at Clements High School, the IB (International Baccalaureate) Academy at Marshall High School, the International Business and Marketing Academy at Bush High School, the Digital Media Academy at Hightower High School, and the Medical Academy at Hightower High School. Offered at the middle school level are the Gifted and Talented Academy at Quail Valley Middle School and the IB Middle Years Academy at Missouri City Middle School.

The District projects that approximately 3,300 students will be enrolled in its academies during the 2012-2013 school year. To learn more about FBISD’s Academies, visit the FBISD website at www.fortbendisd.com/departments/academics/academies/academies. FBISD will also host its annual Academy Expo on Wednesday, October 24, 2012. The event will give interested students and their parents/guardians an opportunity to meet representatives from all FBISD academies and learn more about the application process and timeline. More information about the Academy Expo will be available on the District’s website prior to the event.

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