fulton science academy private school destination imagination

Destination Imagination teams had a great time and did very well this past Saturday performing their challenges at the Regional Showcase held at Sharon Elementary School. All teams still have a lot of work to do to prepare for the tournament in March, but we’re very excited and encouraged by all of the great feedback we received!

Everyone is invited to support our teams and join us at the tournament on Saturday, March 28th held at Duluth High School. More details will be announced soon. It will be a great day filled with creative and inspiring exhibitions as unique and varied as the teams presenting them. There will also be raffles, souvenirs and even a ‘Creative Cakes’ cake walk!

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Congratulations to Fulton Science Academy Elementary and Middle School Chess Team for advancing State level this past Saturday at Regional Competition.

Students in K-5 are Kai Robertson, Karthik Kuppuswamy, Arnav Somaraju, Bhavin Shah, Pranav Devalapalli and Niyomi Shah.

Middle school students are Arul Selvakumar, Rithvik Konda, Vihan Karnala, Vishaal Ram, Charlie Furniss, Katherine Li and Vishal Balyan.

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fulton science academy private school puzzle club

Did you know that puzzle club provides on-the-job training? Recent studies have shown that young children who regularly play with puzzles develop better spatial skills. This is primarily due to the simultaneous use of both sides of the brain which occurs when connecting pieces of a puzzle together. The analytical left brain hemisphere logically sorts all of the separate pieces of the puzzle. The creative right brain hemisphere works intuitively and sees the “big picture.” By exercising both sides of the brain at the same time, young children develop the ability to mentally manipulate shapes. Having the ability to mentally transform shapes and envision the outcome is an important predictor of achievement in STEM related hobbies and ultimately careers later in life. Just look at the fun these students are having while training for future careers in medicine, engineering, architecture, and science!

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fsa robotics north american championship

Fulton Science Academy Private School First Lego League Team, “Circuit Breakers” competed in State FLL competition this past Saturday, February 7 and won not only 2nd Place Champion’s Award but also Best Robotics Performance Award among all teams in State. Thanks to this wonderful results, FSAPS robotics team advanced to compete in 2015 LEGOLAND® North American Championship – Carlsbad, California between May 15 to 17, 2015 representing Georgia.

Champion’s Award
This award recognizes a team that embodies the FLL experience, by fully embracing our Core Values while achieving excellence and innovation in both the Robot Game and Project.

Best Robot Performance Award

This award recognizes a team that scores the most points during the Robot Game. Teams have a chance to compete in at least three 2.5 minute matches and their highest score counts.

Team Circuit Breakers includes Nicole Shariati, Eemil Harkonen, Elena Juarez, Mira Mutnick, Gwyneth O’Sullivan, and Maryam Unal.

Congratulations to these wonderful students, their parents, and Fulton Science Academy Robotics teacher Mr. Kaya for this great accomplishment. We wish them success at the national level. Way to go!

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fsa tech fair success

Congratulations to all FSAPS students who won first place in Georgia Private Schools and Home Schools Regional Technology Fair and qualified to compete at the state level. We wish them success at the state level.

Gwen O’Sullivan – 1st Place in Animated Graphic Design (7,8)

Krishna Kumar – 1st Place in Animated Graphic Design (5,6)

Taha Tas – Burak Uduk – 1st Place in Web 2.0 Internet Applications (5,6)

Anthony Miramontes Yoboraj Patel – 1st Place in Mobile Apps Design (5,6)

Manasvi Gaddam – 1st Place in Digital Photography (5,6)

Taha Tas – Sedat Akgun – 1st Place in Game Design (5,6)

Neharika Marupudi – 1st Place in Digital Audio Production (5,6)

Sana Rehan – Niyomi Shah – 1st Place in Multimedia Applications (5,6)

Adil Casurluk – 1st Place in Digital Video Production (5,6)

Pranav Devalapalli – Pritam Madadi – 1st Place in Non-Multimedia Applications (3,4)

Graham Allen – 1st Place in Mobile Apps Design (3,4)

Prajwal Vedula – 1st Place in Hardware (7,8)

Ameiya Pednekar – 1st Place in Multimedia Applications (7,8)

Rishan and Shivan Patel – 1st Place in Project Programming (5,6)

Edgar Robaitalle – 1st Place in Case Modification (5,6)

Sarayu Reddy – 1st Place in 3D Modeling (3,4)

Sedat Akgun – 1st Place in Robotics (5,6)

Yousuf Mirza – 1st Place in Digital Photography (3,4)

Faraz Mirza – 1st Place in Web 2.0 Internet Applications (3,4)

Ansh Jain – Arnav Somaraju – 1st Place in Multimedia Applications (3,4)

Shreya Puvvula – Shivani Naraharishetty – 1st Place in Digital Video Production (7,8)

Sana Rehan – 1st Place in Technology Literacy Challenge

Sarayu Reddy – 1st Place in Technology Literacy Challenge


Mrs. Ayer’s Science Olympiad Team enjoys their extended coaching session on Mondays from 4.30pm till 6.00pm. Students have chance to spend more time on their events and work as a team and they enjoy pizza parties at the end. As a result of students’ hard work, our straw tower can hold more than 500grams and our straw bridge is 90cm long (it should be more than 72cm). A big thank you goes to Mrs. Kafalas and Mrs. Patel for bringing in Donuts and Pizza.

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fsa science olypiad 2nd place

On Saturday, January 24, the Fulton Science Academy Private School Science Olympiad Team competed in the Dodgen Invitational, one of the premiere Science Olympiad competitions with teams from five states. FSAPS placed a close second to Piedmont IB School from Charlotte, North Carolina, who finished ninth at Science Olympiad Nationals last year. FSAPS Team members medaled in 19 of the 23 events, demonstrating great consistency. Head coaches Pam Walsh and Gloria Stathos were proud of the team’s performance. “This was definitely our hardest competition to date and our students really performed well,” said Mrs. Walsh.

Individual awards were earned by the following students:

Air Trajectorycoached by Ms. Tang

3rd Place – Simon Wang and Akash Bhatt

Anatomycoached by Ms Doraiswami

4th Place –Araneesh Pratap and Sanjeev Uppaluri

Bio Process Labcoached by Mrs. Uppaluri

2nd Place – Elaine Wen and Araneesh Pratap

Bottle Rocketscoached by Mr. Seker

4th Place – Andre Hamelberg and Akash Bhatt

Can’t Judge a Powdercoached by Ms. Lang

4th Place – Hasan Unal and Sarah Lucas

Crave the Wavecoached by Mr. Wang

1st Place – Simon Wang and Brian Shoffeitt

Crime Busterscoached by Ms. Lang

1st Place – Sarah Lucas and Hasan Unal

Disease Detectivescoached by Mrs. Bhatt and Ms. Chirumamilla

3rd Place – Brian Shoffeitt and Akash Bhatt

Dynamic Planetcoached by Mrs. Walsh

4th Place – Mira Mutnick and Sanjeev Uppaluri

Elastic Launch Glidercoached by Mrs. Walsh

3rd Place – Karuna Kumar and Andre Hamelberg

Entomologycoached by Mrs. Butler

2nd Place – Isabella Sims and Madeline Dressel

Experimental Designcoached by Mrs. Stathos

2nd Place – Simon Wang, Mira Mutnick, and Ananya Terala

Fossilscoached by Ms. Beres

1st Place – Araneesh Pratap and Faith Lucas

Green Generationcoached by Ms. Larson

2nd Place – Faith Lucas and Elaine Wen

Meteorologycoached by Mrs. Walsh

3rd Place – Sanjeev Uppaluri and Ananya Terala

Road Scholarcoached by Mrs. Stathos

1st Place – Mira Mutnick and Karuna Kumar

Simple Machinescoached by Mrs. Duzyol

3rd Place – Brian Shoffeitt and Araneesh Pratap

Solar Systemcoached by Mrs. Walsh

3rd Place –Brian Shoffeitt and Araneesh Pratap

Write It, Do Itcoached by Mrs. Stathos

2nd Place – Mira Mutnick and Karuna Kumar


fsa future city

On Saturday, January 24, the Fulton Science Academy Future City Team competed in Future City Competition at Southern Polytechnic State University. They won four awards including one of the seven special awards “Team of the year”. Even though it was the first experience for our teachers and students of Future City, they are off to a wonderful start!

FSA team took months to plan and build their city. Before the final judging on Saturday, team was required to prepare 5 components for the competition. The competition components are as follows:

1- Research Essay: Students do a wide research on a predetermined concept and write an essay. This year’s theme was to choose two foods (one vegetable and one protein) and design a way to grow enough of each within the future city borders to feed all of the citizens for at least one growing season. Taking into account your city’s size and location, students must consider the critical elements needed to grow food including light, climate, air quality, space, water, soil, and nutrients. Our team developed a futuristic farming method called SEAS (Smart Efficient Aquaponics System). Aquaponics is a system of aquaculture in which the waste produced by farmed fish or other aquatic animals supplies nutrients for plants grown hydroponically, which in turn purify the water.

Below is a paragraph from our research essay describing what the SEAS is and how it works.

‘‘The initial SEAS design consisted of a large steel cylindrical structure containing an aquaponics farm inside. To this, numerous large fish tanks were added as well as trays where watercress is produced. The SEAS is extremely efficient. All required energy is produced by a solar panel on top. Sensors collect data such as temperature, humidity, light levels and carbon dioxide levels which can be monitored remotely. The collected data is evaluated by SEAS software and can be sent to remote devices. Automatic shades control the amount of light entering the structure to regulate temperatures depending on the weather and time of day. Insulation can also be deployed to protect the fish and crops during winter months.’’

2- Virtual City: Students use SimCity software to design a city that progresses into the future.

3 – City Narrative: Students write a narrative (maximum 500 words) describing their future city’s key features and design attributes. The purpose of the City Narrative is to give the judges a quick overview of the future city’s infrastructure and its public services.

4- 3D Model: Students build a physical model of a section of their city using recycled materials that has at least one moving part. The model does not need to be an exact building-by-building duplication of the virtual design. Rather, the purpose of the model is to give a three-dimensional, creative representation of an area that best represents the team’s vision of their future city.

5- Presentation: Students give a 7 minute presentation discussing features of their future city followed by a 5 – 8 minute question and answer period from the judges (overall time will not exceed 15 minutes). Be sure to check with your Regional Coordinator for exact competition times.

All future city students worked cooperatively for months focusing on different components of the competition. They worked at cabin camps, stayed for after school meetings and participated home tutoring sessions. All of their effort paid off! They won “Team of the Year Award” , “Most Innovative Construction Techniques Award”, “Accessible City” and “Excellence in the use of Building Materials Award”.

Congratulations to all team members!!!

Amisha Darji

Luke Westerfield

Kian Najaf

Shourya Jasti

Sparsh Kudrimoti

Akash Bhatt

Rithvik Konda

Ananya Pottabhathini

Mr. Tuzen and Mr. Kurt


fsa anime club lock in

On Friday January 16th the FSAPS Anime Club had a Lock-In as an opportunity for students to collaborate with others who are fans of the Anime art form and interested in both traditional and pop Japanese culture. The Lock-In began at 4:30 pm with attendees perusing a menu to order Hibachi dinners and contribute thoughts on our sushi selections. Students then engaged in playing card and board games, created geisha bookmarks using origami paper, learned some simple brushstroke techniques to create their own bamboo paintings, and enjoyed a delicious dinner. We may have watched a little Anime as well J The almost all night long event (students took a break in the wee hours of the morning to grab a quick nap) concluded with a breakfast of eggs, fruit, doughnut holes, and Ramen noodles (yes, Ramen).

A big thank you to Mr. Tuzen and Mrs. Unal for helping this event run so smoothly.