The Coast News, February 15, 2019

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T he C oast News

FEB. 15, 2019

Robotics a hit with Carlsbad Unified elementary students By Steve Puterski

CARLSBAD — There’s no getting around robotics for the Carlsbad Unified School District. The drive for more technology and routes to spur creative thinking are just two reasons the district is all-in on robotics. And three weeks ago, the district rolled out its second-grade robotics program, thanks to funding from the Carlsbad Educational Foundation. Now, all second-graders in the district will participate in the program. “We think second grade is the perfect time to start exposing students to robotics, design thinking and even some elementary coding,” Superintendent Dr. Ben Churchill said. “It was probably a year’s worth of planning on it.” Over the past several years, Carlsbad Unified has invested heavily in robotics, but not just for its success in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), he said. Robotics is a way to get students excited about learning through projects,

CARLSBAD UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT second-grade students, from left, Dhanna and Alex, teacher Brooke Williamson, and students Shayaan, Kae’anu and Savannah working in their robotics program to get a ship to the moon. Photo by Steve Puterski

competitions and hands-on learning. Churchill said robotics has also provided skills for other areas such as language, communication,

teamwork, problem solving and more. The district piloted the program last year in one classroom at each elementary school to see if it would

fit. And since robotics was a hit, Carlsbad Educational Foundation bankrolled the funds and also partnered with Legoland for a fundraiser on March 2, for

rillo" on the Oceanside Campus, 1 Barnard Drive, CONTINUED FROM A20 Oceanside. Buy parking (760) 729-3387. permit in parking Lot A. For more information, visit YES MEETING or (760) Youth Enrichment 757-2121 ext. 6972. Services (YES) presents Jon Moffat Cyber Educator on “Bridging the Digital Knowledge Gap from 8:30 EPIC TWEEN NIGHT to 9:30 a.m. Feb. 21 at Pine Drop off your tween Community Center 3209 from 6 to 9 p.m. Feb. 23 at Harding St., Carlsbad. Pine Ave. Community Center & Park, 3300 Harding St., Carlsbad, for a night with giant inflatables, Zorb ‘WOLVES OF THE WEST’ balls, laser tag, virtual reThe Agua Hedionda ality, video games, photo Lagoon Foundation invites booth, competitions, and the public to “Wolves of more. Ages 10 to 14 years the West,” a 2019 Nights at old are allowed to attend. the Museum series, from For more information, call 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 22 at (760) 602-7519. City staff the Discovery Center, 1580 as well as Marine Corps Cannon Road, Carlsbad. volunteers and security Education Outreach Spe- will chaperone the event. cialist, Skie Bender, from All activities are included Wolf Haven International with admission. Food and will discuss the biology, beverages are available for behavior, social structure, purchase. historical and current ranges and ecosystem roles PAJAMA PROJECT between wolf, coyote and Join the Pajama Projdog. For more information, ect from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. visit or Feb. 23 at Bethlehem Lucall (760) 804-1969. theran Church, 925 Balour Dr., Encinitas, to cut, sew SUPER STEM SIGNUPS and assemble pajama kits. Sign up now to build Whether you sew or not, and launch a rocket, play have half an hour or five Frisbee with a robot, climb hours, there will be someaboard a flight simulator thing for you to do. Volunor view the surface of the teers will assemble pajama sun from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. sewing kits, wash eightMarch 9 at the free science yard-long bolts of flannel, festival Super STEM Sat- sew, donate or provide urday at California State lunch for about 15-20 volUniversity San Marcos. unteers, donate funds for Children of all ages are in- flannel and PJ kit supplies. vited. The event will close For more about the Pajathe nine-day San Diego ma Project, e-mail pjprojor Festival of Science and En- visit jamaProject/.

Coast Highway, Oceanside. While walk-ins are welcome, interested taxpayers are encouraged to visit or call (888) 268-1666 to make an appointment.

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Mira Costa College's LIFE lectures will host two lectures, at 1 p.m. and at 2:30 p.m. Feb. 22 at 1 with theatre attractions for "Pirates of the Penzance” and "The Life and Legacy of Leo Car-


Free tax preparation assistance will be available to lower-middle income Oceanside residents on from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 23 at the Oceanside Public Library, 330 N.

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The Sons and Daughters of Italy are sponsoring a free Italian genealogy workshop, complete with antipasto and drinks, from 1 to 4 p.m. Feb. 23 at the Valley Club, 2280 Calle Barcelona, Carlsbad. For more information, contact Salvatore Provenza at or call (760) 845-3279.


Friendship Gardeners Of Del Mar will meet from 1 to 3 p.m. Feb. 23 to discuss varieties of poppies. Call (858) 755-6570 for Del Mar meeting location.

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The Catholic Widows and Widowers of North County support group, for those who desire to foster friendships through various social activities, will attend Mass at St. Margaret Catholic Church and lunch at Jolly Roger Restaurant, Oceanside Feb. 24. The group will also take a docent tour at Oceanside Museum of Art and lunch at Honey's Bistro, Oceanside Feb. 26 and have lunch and Bocce Ball at the Vista Elks Club, Vista Feb. 28. Reservations are required at (858) 6744324.

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Enjoy an evening of “Language and Laughter” with linguist Richard Lederer at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 25 at the North Coast Repertory Theatre, 987 Lomas

A “Wiggles and Waggles” fashion show luncheon, benefiting Rancho Coastal Humane Society, will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Del Mar Country Club, 6001 Country Club Drive, Rancho Santa Fe. Tickets are $125. For more information or tickets, visit Rancho Coastal Humane Society at 389 Requeza Street in Encinitas, call (760) 753-6413, or visit

The Carlsbad Republican Women Federated (CRWF) club welcomes Tony Krvaric, chairman, Republican Party of San Diego County, at 11:30 a.m. Feb. 26 at the Green Dragon Tavern and Museum, 6115 Paseo del Norte, Carlsbad. RSVP to Ann at (760) 415-7006 or by Feb. 20. Cost is $30. Check us out on Facebook as Carlsbad Republican Women Federated.

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discounted tickets with the proceeds benefiting the second-grade program. As for the program, the curriculum is a six-week course for each class in two sessions, with four schools in the current period and the other five coming in several weeks. “Any time you can get kids excited about science and math, and then at the same time it’s helping develop their language skills, their communication skills, their collaboration skills, it’s win-win,” Churchill said. “I would call this truly cross-curricular and touching so many more areas than just math or science.” In Brooke Williamson’s second-grade class at Poinsettia Elementary School, her students have a big mission as they are to build a rocket ship to the moon. She has her students close their eyes and imagine what it would be like on the moon. But the big part is what would they take. Using Legos as part of their first design, students showed off water, food, plants, storage

units, a magnifying glass, an iPad and three bags of Hot Cheetos. Her class was the pilot program last year, and this year her students are thrilled to work in teams to solve problems. Williamson said the program teaches teamwork, which shows as she assigns each of four to five students responsibilities within the group. Some are builders and others work in tech (on the computer following the build instructions), for example. The curriculum is basic as the kids begin to learn the foundations of engineering, coding and robotics. Still, the enthusiasm is contagious, Williamson said, as the students got a taste after a field trip to Legoland and attend a robotics class. “I think that really got them excited,” Williamson said. “We are using different elements of Legos to problem solve and use technology to engineer something. Each session, they will have to problem solve or adapt.”

do. Wish Dr. Seuss a happy birthday with a storytime featuring whimsical tales, silly songs, and positively Seuss-ical crafts.


Encinitas Friends of the Library Bookstore holds a book sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 2 at the library, 540 Cornish Drive. Most books will be WRITING WORKSHOPS The Oceanside Public from 25 cents to $1. Library will be hosting The Glassless Minds Community Writing Workshop on the fourth Thursday of GET HEALTHY Palomar Health will every month at 6 p.m. beginning Feb. 28 in the Civ- host a variety of health-edic Center Library, 330 N. ucation classes during the Coast Highway, Oceanside. March, with No-Nonsense The writing workshop pro- Weight Management, a motes storytelling and per- two-week series, from sonal narrative through 10 to 11:30 a.m. March 4 literary arts and the act and March 11 at Palomar of creative expression. For Health San Marcos, 2nd more information, visit Floor Classroom, 120 ven Road, San Marcos. Registration required at or call (760) 435-5600. or (800) 628-2880.




Reservations are due by March 9 for the Blue Wave Kiwanis of North San Diego County Bunco 4 Bucks Fun Fest at 12:30 p.m. March 16 at the Woman’s Club of Oceanside, 1606 Missouri, Oceanside. Tickets: $20 per person, includes prizes, drawing and refreshments. Don’t know how to play? They’ll teach you All proceeds go to the club’s scholarship fund. RSVP to Janet Russell at (760) 583-3319.


The city of Carlsbad’s Mindful Living Workshops continue with Mindful Volunteering at 6 p.m. Feb. 28, in the Georgina Cole Library Community Room, 1250 Carlsbad Village Drive, Carlsbad. For more information, call (760) 602-2038.


A “Seuss-eriffic” Reader's Theater for all ages will be held from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Feb. 28 at the Escondido Library, 239 South Kalmia St., Escondi-


Look to the skies at the Astronomy Star Party held from 8 to 10 p.m. March 2 and March 3 at the MiraCosta College Oceanside Campus, Baseball Field, 1 Barnard Drive, Oceanside. Observing at is always free and open to all ages. Dress for cold weather, and stay for as long as you like. Regular star parties are scheduled for the first weekend (Friday and Saturday) of the month.



Masters Kitchen and Cocktail, is hosting a wine-paired dinner with seatings at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. March 7 at 208 S. Coast Highway, Oceanside. The five-course dinner will have a set menu and each course is paired with a glass of Long Meadow Ranch wine. Cost is $85 dollars per person. Reservations are required at (760) 231-6278 or visit


Vista’s Culture Caravan still has seats available for “Canines, Casting Calls, and Local Cuisine,” at Moonlight Amphitheatre. Go behind the scenes and meet the dogs who provide assistance for disabled individuals. The caravan departs at 9:45 a.m. March 7 from the Gloria McClellan Center, 1400 Vale Terrace Drive, Vista, and returns at 3:45 p.m. Cost is $57 and includes lunch. To reserve, call (760) 643-2828.