Curriculum Integrated Programs
Robotics is the interdisciplinary branch of engineering and science that includes mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, computer science, and others. Robotics deals with the design, construction, operation, and use of robots, as well as computer systems for their control, sensory feedback, and information processing.
During robotics class at PS/IS 78Q, students engineer and program Lego Mindstorms EV3 robots using a variety of sensors, motors, and Legos. Challenges include a Sumo robot competition, building animals that sense and react to their environment, engineering Mars Rovers.
Our students have been selected to participate in the Robotics competition in February.
Code.org: Grades K-8
Students in grades K-8 participate in computer science through the program code.org.
Students will create computer programs that will help them learn to collaborate with others, develop problem-solving skills, and persist through difficult tasks. Students can create their very own custom game or story that they can share.
NYC Junior Ambassadors Program-Gr. 7
Creating global diplomats, locally
PS/IS 78Q Gr. 7 students were selected to be part of the 2016-2017 Cohort for the UN Junior Ambassadors Program. The students were selected by a committee of local and international leaders who share a commitment to empowering youth through strong connections with the United Nations and its work.
http://www1.nyc.gov/site/juniorambassadors/about/cohorts.page Excerpt from the website:
The Robert F. Wagner Jr. School (P.S./I.S. 78Q)
NYCJA Topic: Climate change The Robert F. Wagner Jr. School (P.S./I.S. 78Q) is one of the most successful K-8 schools in New York City. It provides a "world class education" with a special focus on the arts and technology. The parents, teachers and school community work to achieve excellence in education for all students in an exciting, enriched and safe environment that mirrors a concern for children, an emphasis on staff development and the inclusion of all aspects of the school community. We are united in the belief that all of our students can achieve a high standard of knowledge and performance.
The NYC Junior Ambassadors at P.S./I.S. 78Q are hands-on learners – they learn science by exploring and experimenting. Additionally, the 7th graders have a variety of talents and expertise – using their diversity as an asset for creative teamwork. Through this combination of scientific curiosity and collaboration, they are uniquely prepared to tackle the global issue of climate change.
South Street Seaport Museum
Students sail New York Harbor aboard historic 1885 schooner PIONEER, a floating outdoor classroom full of inspiring, hands-on activities. Students who explore our Harbor estuary under sail increase their environmental awareness of our local natural resources and develop historical perspective on the significant role of the port for our city and our country. Students help raise sail, see the Statue of Liberty and other Harbor landmarks, and observe a variety of ships and waterborne commerce.
Sports and Arts in Schools Foundation (SASF)
Sports and Arts in Schools Foundation is an after school program for Middle School students. They focus on preparing middle school students for the academic and social challenges they will encounter high school, college, and beyond is the foundation of SASF’s Middle School program. The program provides our students with the critical tools and resources to help them and their families attain their goals.
P.S./I.S. 78Q Learning Garden
Students at P.S./I.S. 78Q have been engaged in a project to create and maintain a vegetable garden in Gantry State Park and the garden located in front of the MS Building. The primary goals of the project is to help students to recognize that they can take responsibility for their own nutritional needs by growing vegestable and to learn about best practices for growing healthy vegetables. In addition, the project has welcomed the participation of the school community.
The interdisciplinary nature of the project engages students working in all subject areas with a focus on reading, science, writing and mathematics.
Grow To Learn
Grow to Learn connects with our families and the PS/IS 78Q community, helping to bring everyone together to facilitate student development. The program supports students collaborating with one another, building leaders and learning how to make contributions to a community.
Garden to Café
The Garden to Café program connects school and community gardens with school lunch meals through seasonal harvest events and supporting educational activities. The NYC Department of Education’s Office of School Food partners with Grow to Learn NYC.
Students and the school community shares in the bounty of the school gardens and celebrate with harvest eventsl. School Food kitchen teams prepare produce and turn it into delicious foods like kale salad, fresh herbed vinaigrettes and roasted root vegetables, giving students a chance to taste what they have grown.
Support instruction on gardening and the local food system
Raise awareness of the benefits of school gardening
Influence healthful food choices
Increase student consumption of more fresh and locally-grown produce
New York City Department of Environmental Protection’s Water Resources Art and Poetry Contest
Second through twelfth grade students attending public, independent, charter or parochial schools (or homeschooled) in New York City and East and West of Hudson Watersheds are invited to create original art and compose poetry that reflects an appreciation for our shared water resources.
Department of Environmental Conservation
'A Day in the Life of the Hudson River'
This fall the students in grades 5-8 participated in the event that is designed to celebrate the Hudson River Estuary and educate participants on the uniqueness of our estuary as part of the annual recognition of "National Estuaries Week". The event is coordinated by The Hudson River Estuary Program of New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory.
The students gathered data on the Hudson and shared their results, gaining a better understanding of this historic and vital estuary system.
Studio In A School: Grades 2-5
Professional artists work in collaboration with our classes and design a curriculum that gives students, grades 2-5, the opportunity to experiment with different art media and to explore a particular visual or academic theme or course of study in fourteen-week residency.
GoQuest/Renzulli Gr. K-8
GoQuest by CompassLearning, an Internet-based educational tool that provides fun, engaging, and meaningful activities that are tailored to meet your child’s individual interests and needs. GoQuest makes sure that your child gets the exact educational resources he or she needs, exactly when he or she needs them.
The GoQuest process begins when your child completes his or her Renzulli Profiler™ assessment, which uncovers your child’s top three interests, learning styles, and expression styles. Then, based on your child’s Renzulli Profiler results and grade level, GoQuest narrows down its database of more than 40,000 enrichment activities to the 1,500–3,000 enrichment activities that best match how your child learns.
Schoolwide Enrichment Model
Computer Coding and Programming, Science Explorers, Watercolor Art,Scrap Jazz, 3D Sculpture, Cartoon Movie Making, Photography, Passport to Italy, Multimedia Storytelling, Badminton, Culture Through Cuisine, Young Reviewers, Exploring our Ecosystem, Dance Fusion, Get Up & Move, and Let’s Act.