Middle School Academic Teams

FSA is pleased to offer a wide variety of competitive academic teams to all of its students. Each academic team at FSA has a history of impressive achievements and excellence.  Academic teams are a wonderful way for students to reinforce what they learn in the classroom while building teamwork skills, traveling, and building relationships that will last a life time.  

Academic Teams Policies & Procedure 2019-20

Academic Teams Preference Form 2019-20 Middle

Academic Teams FAQ – Middle & High

FSA Students have the opportunity to become involved in the following competitive academic teams:

Destination Imagination

Science Olympiad

Robotics & Tech Fair

Math Olympiad

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Future City

Model UN

Reading Bowl

History Bowl

FSA is pleased to offer a wide variety of competitive academic teams to all of its students. Each academic team at FSA has a history of impressive achievements and excellence.  Academic teams are a wonderful way for students to reinforce what they learn in the classroom while building teamwork skills, traveling, and building relationships that will last a life time.  

Academic Teams Policies & Procedure 2019-20

Academic Teams Preference Form 2019-20 Middle

Academic Teams FAQ – Middle & High

FSA Students have the opportunity to become involved in the following competitive academic teams:

Science Olympiad

Head Coaches: Mrs. Walsh/Ms.Oliver/Mr. Karp/Mr. Proctor

Science Olympiad is a highly competitive, nationally-ranked Academic Team in which students learn science through active, hands-on participation with an emphasis on problem-solving. There are 23 events covering biology, chemistry, earth science, and physics. Team members are expected to attend event meetings with their mentors after school, in the evening or  on the weekends in addition to studying and preparing on their own. Separate application required. 

Robotics & Tech Fair

FLL 7th Grade Head Coach: Mr. Uduk

FIRST LEGO League (FLL) is a global program created to get kids excited about science

and technology. FLL utilizes theme-based Challenges to engage kids in research, problem

solving, and engineering. The cornerstones of the program are its Core Values, which

emphasize contributions of others, friendly sportsmanship, learning, and community

involvement. Our mission is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders,

by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering and

technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities

including self- confidence, communication, and leadership. Each annual Challenge has two

parts, the Project and the Robot Game. Working in teams of up to 7 kids and guided by at

least one adult coach, team members have about 10 weeks to:

  1. Build an autonomous robot that will, in 2 minutes and 30 seconds, complete predesigned

missions

  1. Analyze, research, and invent a solution for a given assignment
  2. Create a clever presentation about their solution to perform in front of a panel of

Judges

FLL 8th Grade Head Coach: Mr. Kaya

FIRST LEGO League (FLL) is a global program created to get kids excited about science

and technology. FLL utilizes theme-based Challenges to engage kids in research, problem

solving, and engineering. The cornerstones of the program are its Core Values, which

emphasize contributions of others, friendly sportsmanship, learning, and community

involvement. Our mission is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders,

by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering and

technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities

including self- confidence, communication, and leadership. Each annual Challenge has two

parts, the Project and the Robot Game. Working in teams of up to 7 kids and guided by at

least one adult coach, team members have about 10 weeks to:

  1. Build an autonomous robot that will, in 2 minutes and 30 seconds, complete predesigned

missions

  1. Analyze, research, and invent a solution for a given assignment
  2. Create a clever presentation about their solution to perform in front of a panel of

judges

GaSTC (Tech Fair) Head Coach: Mrs. Sayli

The Georgia Educational Student Technology Competition (GASTC) is a statewide technology competition where students compete in various technology categories. In GaSTC club students will get ready, plan, program, develop projects, and be guided for the competition. Students are expected to choose one of the GaSTC categories. Students who choose GaSTC as an Academic team are accepted into this club. Categories offered to study by GaSTC competition are; 3d modeling, animation, Audio production, Device modification, Digital game design, Digital photo production, Graphic design, Internet applications, Mobile Apps, Multimedia Applications, Productivity Design, Programming Challenge, Project Programming, Robotics, Video Production.

Math Olympiad

Head Coach: Ms. Duzyol

In the Middle School Math Olympiad Club, students will receive enhanced instruction, explore real contest challenges, and will get a chance to compete as a Math Olympiad team member. The purpose is to promote enriched critical thinking and nurture mathematical talents in our youth through more logic-based problems and creative problem solving strategies with ease and efficiency. Math Olympiad functions much like a football or soccer team, requiring preparation, commitment, coaching and practice throughout the year! These math problems stimulate the mind, enhance pattern recognition, and require logical reasoning capabilities. Students will extend their mathematical knowledge and critical thinking skills acquired in the math classroom with the assistance of the coach, who will guide students through math contest problems during the weekly practices. Math Olympians will be selected from the applicants who apply during the first week of the school. Math course placement, Math MAP score, and prior competition experience are part of the admission criteria. This club includes intense focus on Math competitions, including but not limited to AMC 8 contest, Math League, Math Counts, and many other math competitions. 

Future City

Head Coaches: Mr. Turan/Mr. Yigit

https://futurecity.org/

Future City starts with a question—how can we make the world a better place? To answer it, 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students imagine, research, design, and build cities of the future that showcase their solution to a citywide sustainability issue. Past topics include storm water management, urban agriculture, and green energy. This year’s topic: Living on the moon. 

Students present their solutions via a virtual city design (using SimCity – optional); a 1,500-word city description; a scale model; a project plan, and a presentation to judges at Regional Competitions in January. Regional winners represent their region at the National Finals in Washington, DC in February (Virtually this year). After the competition is over, student participants are not only prepared to be citizens of today’s complex and technical world, they are poised to become the drivers of tomorrow.

This flexible, cross-curricular educational program gives students an opportunity to do the things that engineers do—identify problems; brainstorm ideas; design solutions; test, retest and build; and share their results. This process is called the engineering design process. With this at its center, Future City is an engaging way to build students’ 21st century skills. Students participating in Future City: Apply math and science concepts to real-world issues, Develop writing, public speaking, problem solving, and time management skills, Research and propose solutions to engineering challenges, Discover different types of engineering and explore careers options, Learn how their communities work and become better citizens, Develop strong time management and project management skills, and Experience synergy! 

Model UN (MS/HS)

Head Coaches: Ms. Pruett/Mr. Heyward/Ms. Peter/Mr. Stiffler

For students to understand diplomacy on an international level and how our world balances international affairs

Reading Bowl

Head Coach: Mrs. Villegas

Reading Bowl is an academic team centered around literature. We will read books off the approved book list and practice writing and answering questions in preparation for the quiz bowl style tournament.

History Bowl

MS History Academic Team  Head Coach: Mr. Stiffler

The National History Bee and Bowl are buzzer-based history quiz competitions for students throughout the USA. Each week the team meets to sharpen their knowledge and skills. Our team participates in the National History Bee and Bowl competitions at the local level. Rankings in these events can lead to invitations to attend the national championship competitions.

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