Eighth-grade student Sophie Schaked of Lake Highland Preparatory School won first place in Florida at National History Day. National History Day is a statewide, annual event that takes place in all 50 states. Students in grades 6 to 12 research and discuss a topic picked specifically by the National History Day fund. Students use primary and secondary sources to research a topic relating to local, national or world history.
The 2018-19 topic is “Triumph and Tragedy in History.” Using the information they have gathered, students then express their findings in a paper, exhibit, performance, documentary or website.
Schaked heads to Washington D.C. this summer to compete for best in the nation. Schaked’s project — along with four other LHP entries — competed against a Florida field of over 60,000 students.
4-H Exploding Bacon Robotics, a pre-college robotics team located in Central Florida, won the Championship Chairman’s Award at the 2019 First Robotics World Championship event in Houston, Texas.
Jeffrey Spafford, Varun Aggarwal, Core Ireland and Matthew Poteshman, students at Lake Highland Preparatory School, are members of 4-H Exploding Bacon Robotics and played a pivotal role in winning the highest honor that can be bestowed on a team.
For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology is a non-profit organization that promotes science, technology, engineering and math in grades K to 12 by hosting robotics competitions.
The Chairman’s Award is given to the team judged to have had the most substantial, measurable influence on the world, inspiring the younger generation of today to appreciate and pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math.
4-H Exploding Bacon Robotics was selected from a field of 43 teams who qualified to compete for the award by winning the Regional Chairman’s Award at events around the world.
During the team’s 14-year history in the First, the team has won 43 other awards from the 38 official First events at which they’ve completed.
4-H Exploding Bacon will be inducted into the First Robotics Hall of Fame. A group of 28 teams from Canada, Australia and the U.S. have won the award since its inception in 1992.
4-H Exploding Bacon demonstrates their robots at various community and professional events and conferences, participating in over 100 events in the Central Florida area over the past three years.
For more information about 4-H Exploding Bacon Robotics, visit www.explodingbacon.com.