Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

STEMWeek4Girls@ARGS 2017

FREE STEM Experience for Middle School Girls!

Date:  June 26-29, 2017
Time: 9am - 3pm (lunch provided!)
Location: Appomattox Regional Governor's School for the Arts and Technology (ARGS)
Cost: FREE!!!

Sign your favorite middle school (rising 6th– 8th grade) girl up for four full days of hands-on technology activities designed to spark interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM)!  Students will spend Monday through Thursday, June 26 - June 29, from 9am to 3pm at ARGS and learn STEM skills that they can use forever!

Deadline for Registration is FRIDAY, June 16, 2017

If you have any questions, please feel free to e-mail!

Monday, 8 May 2017

Thursday, 4 May 2017

Junior Tech Major Accepted to VASTS Summer Program!

ARGS Junior Tech Major Accepted to VASTS Summer Program

After successfully completing the challenging online summer program, Mary Bean, a junior Technology Major at ARGS, has been selected to attend the 2017 Summer Academy for the Virginia Aerospace Science and Technology Scholars (VASTS) program at NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia! 

This is a great honor and opportunity that will allow her to learn about aerospace technology as well as earn college credits over the summer!  

Thursday, 27 April 2017

ARGS Junior Named DERI Fellow!

ARGS Junior Aimee Loviza!  She has been awarded a Dean's Early Research Initiative (DERI) fellowship by the VCU School of Engineering!

This fellowship will give Aimee the opportunity to participate in research with a VCU engineering professor over the summer, as well as attend a scientific conference!

Aimee is the PR sub-team captain of the ARGS Robotics team and has been spearheading our team's community outreach efforts!

Tech Juniors Visit Hamilton Beach!

Engineering and Design in the Real World

Junior Technology majors got a glimpse of how marketing, business, industrial design, and engineering work hand-in-hand when they visited Hamilton Beach in Glen Allen, Virginia.  The students learned about everything from packaging design to testing to how recipes are created in the test kitchen!

A huge "Thank you!" to everyone at Hamilton Beach for taking time out of their day to educate our students!

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Scenes from Robotics Season 2017

ARGS Robotics

Well, we can't expect to go to Worlds every year!  Even though we were very lucky to have been to the FIRST Robotics World Championships in Saint Louis for two of our three years of existence as Team 5546, we didn't make it this year.

However, we accomplished SO much this year on so many levels!  We had more spirit and participation than we ever have and our community outreach has been tremendous.  The robotics team has started running monthly STEM workshops at the Petersburg Public Library and we have formed a great relationship with Petersburg Parks and Leisure

We are STILL actively working on outreach and we need your help!  If you are able, please donate to A.R.T. 5546 so that we can continue our programs!

Here are some great photos from our events!

Cheering us on at the Central Virginia Event

March STEM Workshop

Robot Demo @ ARGS

Volunteering with codeVA at Richard Bland College

VCU Programming Contest!

VCU Programming Contest

For the fouth year in a row, ARGS programming students took part in the annual VCU High School Programming Contest at the VCU School of Engineering.  Two teams of ARGS students took on the challenge of solving problems using Java and competed against teams from high schools across Virginia and Maryland!  

Everyone had a great time and learned a lot!  We can't wait until next year!


ARGS wins third place in GE's GhostRed competition!!

Four ARGS Tech students formed a team  called the "Dragons" and competed in the GhostRed Capture the Flag (CtF) hacking event sponsored by GE at VCU's Cabell Library!  They were the only high school team participating among teams of college students and professionals!  The only teams to beat their score were from VCU and UVA!!

Each member of the team was awarded a $50.00 Amazon gift card for their efforts!

Congratulations on a job well done!!

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Crew Cox wins 22nd Annual ASCE Bridge Competition!

ARGS Junior Crew Cox won the annual American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Popsicle bridge competition held at the Science Museum of Virginia this past weekend!

Crew's bridge beat out 60 other bridges in the competition.  It held approximately 346.8 pounds and had an amazing efficiency rating of 968.5, beating the ASCE Richmond branch Engineer's bridge!

Congratulations to Crew! 

Friday, 17 February 2017

ARGS Robotics Team STEM Workshop!!

The winning bridge held 15 textbooks!  Congratulations!!

The Public Relations Team from ARGS Robotics held the first STEM workshop of the year at the Petersburg Public Library on Thursday, February 16, 2017!  The PR team created and presented their own lesson on bridge design to approximately 25 third through fifth graders participating in the Petersburg Parks and Leisure after-school STEM program!

The PR team helped the students understand flaws in their bridge design and encouraged re-design and re-test, one of the foundations of the engineering design process!

Thank you to the Petersburg Public Library and Petersburg Parks and Leisure!  Everyone - even the adult volunteers - had a great time, and more importantly, LEARNED!!

We can't wait for the next workshop!!

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Earning Digital Badges!

AP Computer Science Principles (APCSP) and Virginia STAR

The Technology 2 (APCSP) class took a break from coding to learn more about computer hardware.  Using desktop computers provided by Virginia STAR, the students were required to document the disassembly and reassembly of the machines.  They then had do some technical writing by creating a "manual" for an imaginary client who wanted to build a computer from the parts.  This content about computer hardware is part of the curriculum of both APCSP and Virginia STAR's brand new digital badge program!

With this activity, the students will be earning their Level 1 Hardware and Level 1 Software badges!

Monday, 6 February 2017