FSA Robotics Team Won Innovative Solution Award and Advanced to Super-Regionals

On December 7th robotics team StormRadars has done a great job at FLL Georgia Official Qualifying Tournament. StormRadars won Innovative Solution Award as a team and advanced to Super-Regionals. This award recognizes a team’s solution that is exceptionally well-considered and creative, with good potential to solve the problem research. Our team includes Kevin Lee, Zeynep Ozdemir, Aditi Srivastava, Celil Teber, Shivan Patel, Jacob Grisgsby, Muskaan Gupta, Mario Machado, and Calum O’Sullivan. Congratulations to these students, their parents and coach Mr. Kaya. We wish them success at their future competition.

FSA Science Olympiad Team Won 1st Place as a Team

On Saturday, November 16, 2013,  three Fulton Science Academy Private School Science Olympiad Teams competed in the Chattahoochee Invitational in Johns Creek. This was the first tournament of the season and included teams from Alabama, Tennessee and the Atlanta area, including rival Dodgen Middle School who placed second in last year’s state tournament and twelfth at Nationals. The FSA teams brought home the 1st place and 5th place plaques as a team.

Head Coaches Pam Walsh and Gloria Stathos were pleased with the team’s performance. “This was the first year Chattahoochee has hosted an invitational and you never know what to expect at a new tournament, but our students performed well and we’re very satisfied with the results,” said Mrs. Walsh.
The competition was a reunion of sorts for many former FSA students. Colin Walsh, Stephanie Stathos, Suryabratta Dutta, and Sunny Chen, all members of the 2010 FSA National Science Olympiad Team, and Beyza Akgun, 2012 FSA National Team member, assisted with the tournament by proctoring exams.

Congratulations to all of these students, parents and our wonderful coaches. 
Individual awards were earned by the following students:
Anatomy – coached by Mrs. Ambari
3rd Place – Hasan Unal and Araneesh Pratap
5th Place – Sanjeev Uppalari and Avnee Naik
Boomilever – coached by Mr. Seker
5th Place Sule Anik and Kian Najaf
Disease Detectives – coached by Mrs. Lewis
5th Place Sree Sanku and Suraj Chatrathi
Dynamic Planet – coached by Mrs. Walsh
5th Place – Aditya Choudhari and Simon Wang
Entomology – coached by Mrs. Butler
2nd Place – Faith Lucas and Aditya Choudhari
Experimental Design – coached by Mrs. Stathos
1st Place – Simon Wang, Mira Mutnick, and Sule Anik
2nd Place – Maryam Unal, Sruthi Chatrathi, and Sophie Richardson
Heredity – coached by Ms. Doraiswami
4th Place – Sruthi Chatrathi and Karuna Kumar
Meteorology – coached by Mr. Ambardekar
4th Place – Neel Ambardekar and Sule Anik
Metric Mastery – coached by Ms. Fichter
1st Place – Araneesh Pratap and Vikram Ruppa-Kasani
Road Scholar – coached by Mrs. Stathos
3rd Place – Neel Ambardekar and Mira Mutnick
Robo-Cross – coached by Mr. Kaya
4th Place – Yusuf Tas
Rocks and Minerals – coached by Mrs. Walsh
1st Place – Brian Shoffeitt and Jean Moorman
3rd Place – Callie Webster and Soleil Moffitt
Rotor Egg Drop – coached by Mr. Seker
1st Place – Hasan Unal and Kian Najaf
3rd Place – Akash Bhatt and Nadine Haddad
Shock Value – coached by Mr. Wang
2nd Place – Simon Wang and Vikram Ruppa-Kasani
Simple Machines – coached by Mr. Near
1st Place – Araneesh Pratap and Brian Shoffeitt
3rd Place – Julian Hamelberg and Josh White
Solar System – coached by Mrs. Walsh
2nd Place –Jean Moorman and Aditya Choudhari
Sounds of Music – coached by Mr. Yanasak
5th Place – Mira Mutnick and Faith Lucas
Water Quality – coached by Mrs. Butler
1st Place – Jennifer Near and Elaine Wen
2nd Place – Sophie Richardson and Akash Bhatt
3rd Place – Vikram Ruppa-Kasani and Sule Anik
Write It, Do It – coached by Mrs. Stathos
1st Place – Sophie Richardson and Karuna Kumar

FSA Students Loved IRobot Demonstration

We had a wonderful day at FSA on December 16, 2013. Mr. Gray Stair from IROBOT company was with us. Mr. Stair talked about robots and demonstrated five different robots. At the end of presentation, students had a chance to use  the robots themselves. We thank Mr. Stair for this wonderful presentation. Mr. Stair said that he will be back during spring time with 15 more robots including a helicopter 🙂

Please see some pictures and a brief video from today’s event below:

Elementary Students Enjoyed Atlanta Zoo Field Trip

3rd through 5th grade students had a wonderful time on their field trip to the Atlanta Zoo! Students began the morning with a tour of the zoo.  Science skills were put to work as students observed animals in their natural habitats.  They walked through the African Savannah to see elephants and giraffes, strolled through rain forest jungles to see a variety of snakes and frogs, peeked at the sleeping pandas in the bamboo forest and crawled through the dens of naked mole rats! After the tour, students visited the petting zoo where they brushed and said hello to a few friendly goats.  The morning excitement was concluded with a pleasant picnic lunch in Grant Park. Our fun filled day was completed with an educational program discussing the different types and characteristics of habitats. This interactive program had students onstage as they discussed producers and consumers within an ecosystem. The program ended with an alligator encounter! Student got to pet a 2 year old alligator and reflect on an awesome and educational experience at the zoo! 

CMP Speaker Series Hosted Mr. Mike Sutton

As part of Fulton Science Academy College Mentorship Program Speaker Series, we have hosted Mr. Mike Sutton, President at Pinnacle Performers,  to talk about “Presentation Skills.” Mr. Sutton, being an expert in this area, has done an amazing job teaching our students presentation skills. It was a dynamic presentation with many useful information. We thank Mr. Sutton for making himself available and covering this very important topic for our students.

U.S. Representative Tom Price Recognized FSA Math Team

To the Fulton Science Academy Math Team:

I would like to offer my sincere congratulations on occasion of your recent successes at the Rockdale Math Competition in Conyers, Georgia. To place first in both your division and overall, is truly a remarkable achievement of which you should be incredibly proud.

As a member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, I understand the need for our nation’s students to excel in mathematics. It is through the efforts of dedicated teachers and coaches like Mr. Davut Seker and Mr. Salih Tuzen, that our country will produce the next great leaders, scientists, and scholars in a globalized economy. I am especially proud of Hasan Unal, Araneesh Pratap, Brian Shoffeitt, Jean Moorman, Julian Hamelberg, Aditya Choudhari, Vikram Ruppa-Kasani, Mira Mutnick, Elaine Wen, Katherine Li, Charlie Furniss and Karuna Kumar, for practice, diligence, and dedication to academic excellence.

The Fulton Science Academy Math Team has undoubtedly made a profound impact on the Sixth Congressional District by earning this victory.  You have unequivocally demonstrated that cooperation and involvement from faculty, parents, and the community at-large are the ultimate keys to the successful education of our precious youth. I urge each of you to take stock of this tremendous accomplishment. Your classroom success will undoubtedly serve as a shining example for generations of students to come.

Again, congratulations upon receiving this distinguished honor. I believe I echo the sentiments of the citizens of the Sixth Congressional District of Georgia by expressing how proud we are of you. I wish each of you the best of luck moving forward, and please let me know if I may ever be of service to you in the future.


Great Job at Centennial High School Model United Nations Tournament

Before the Thanksgiving holiday break, on Friday, November 22nd, the FSAPS Model United Nations team went to Centennial High School for their second competition of the year against students from other county schools.

Students had a great time, with each student representing a country individually in one of five councils.
Though all of our team members did great research and made a strong effort, six students recognized for their hard work:

·       In the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Kian Najaf, representing Togo, was named outstanding delegate, the highest award possible.
·       In the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) we had several students recognized: for best position paper, Omar Kayyali (Ghana); distinguished delegate, Clare Merideth-Webb (India); and outstanding delegate, Elaine Wen (Sweden).
·       In General Assembly, Aditya Choudhari (United Arab Emirates) had the best position paper.
·       In the Security Council, Brian Shoffeitt (France) was given an honorable mention.

More than a quarter of our students won recognition this year, and all participated strongly.  We are very proud of everyone on the team, particularly since they only had a week to prepare their papers for submission following the GSU conference.  This was a great learning experience for our team, most of which are experiencing Model UN for the first year.  Excellent work!