2018 First Lego League Tournament

Yesterday, two teams from St. Anne’s-Belfield School made their way to Richmond to compete in the VADC First Lego League Qualifying Tournament. The Heroes of Hades, our 5th and 6th grade Division I team, and Robots Gone Rogue, our 7th and 8th grade Division II team, have been working for months under the direction of […]

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How Do You Know That? Quest presents to Middle School

Big kudos to our How Do You Know That? Quest group for standing up in front of the entire middle school to share the information literacy terms, techniques, and tips that you’ve mastered this semester. Not pictured: 200 middle schoolers watching! It’s not easy to stand in front of your peers and share. I am […]

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Charlottesville Women in Tech Switch On! Summit 2018

Curious about the good, the bad, and the ugly of social media? Want to know more about how social media tools can be used to help you define and expand your brand or business? I’m so excited to share the “stage” with Liz Hoeppner, the mastermind behind Grants and Communications (and a zillion other things) […]

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The Haunted Library 2018

This Tuesday evening, families gathered in the Learning Village library for a spook-tacular Halloween celebration. From the event invitation, shared earlier this month: On Tuesday, October 30th, the Learning Village Library will be opening its doors for a one-night-only, creepy and creative, frightening family event! Inspired by the novel The Graveyard Book, (our first book club […]

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The Summer I Unplugged

I sat criss-cross applesauce on the tile floor, the window open in front of me, a hot breeze winding around my legs. Voices drifted in from the table on the patio below, and every few minutes a burst of deep laughter would float up to my ears. Out the window of the ancient home, set […]

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5th Grade FABLab: Are You Too Young to Start Something?

This post, written by STAB K-8 Computer Science Coordinator Kim Wilkens, originally appeared on techkimstab.tumblr.com.  That was the question we posed to 5th graders this past trimester. Ten of them joined us to prove that, in fact, they are ready to start something. I have been super inspired by the She Started Itfilm and it’s message […]

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Solving Library Problems with Design Thinking

This summer at the Learn to Learn IV: Computer Science institute, Computer Science Specialist Kim Wilkens and I were both struck by the same bolt of idea lightning. (Don’t you love it when that happens?) After watching Jennifer Chiu, an associate professor at the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia, present about […]

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5th grade FABLab: Robots in the Wild

  After the success of our Wild Robot Book Club during the 12 Days of Tech-mas, K-8 Computer Science Coordinator Kim Wilkens and I decided to collaborate on a FABLab experience for tech-savvy middle schoolers. We wanted to give them a time and space to experiment with robotics, find a building material and coding program […]

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The 12 Days of Tech-Mas 2017

Those few short weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas… does anyone do their best work at this time? If my own distraction and forgetfulness are any indication, we are all struggling to hold it together under the twinkly lights. With our six-day rotation cycle at St. Anne’s, I only get to see students in the library three […]

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