Sunshine STEM Academy Classes, Workshop, Camps - Coding, Robotics, Math

Sunshine STEM Academy Classes, Workshops, and Camps

Sunshine STEM Academy offers after school and weekend STEM enrichment classes, camps, and workshops in Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, Reading, and Art subjects in a small class size setting in Alpharetta, Georgia.

VEX VRC Middle School VRC Team - 2021-22 Tipping Point Season - Sunday 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Students will learn ;

- Engineering concepts such as Systems Development Life-Cycle and Engineering Design Process
- Building a Robot with VEX robotics kits
- Programming the Robot with C++ programming language
- Testing the robot on field set and modify programming

Students will be competing against other teams in qualifying competitions by end of February in VEX Robotics Competition Season. If team qualifies for the State Championship, team will compete at the State Championship in March.

Meetings will be held in person at Sunshine STEM Academy's location in Cumming.

Location Address:
110 Samaritan Dr, Suite 110, Cumming, GA 30040

VEX VRC Season 2021-22: Tipping Point

VEX Robotics Competition Tipping Point is played on a 12x12 square field configured as seen above. Two (2) Alliances one (1) red and one (1) blue composed of two (2) Teams each, compete in matches consisting of a fifteen (15) second Autonomous Period, followed by a one minute and forty-five second (1:45) Driver Controlled Period.

The object of the game is to attain a higher score than the opposing Alliance by Scoring Rings, moving Mobile Goals to Alliance Zones, and by Elevating on Platforms at the end of a Match.

Why STEM Education is Important?

STEM education creates critical thinkers, increases science and technology literacy, and enables the next generation of innovators. Innovation leads to new products and processes that sustain the economy. This innovation and science literacy depends on a solid knowledge base in the STEM areas.

National Science Foundation states that in the 21st century, scientific and technological innovations have become increasingly important as we face the benefits and challenges of both globalization and a knowledge-based economy. To succeed in this new information-based and highly technological society, students need to develop their capabilities in STEM to levels much beyond what was considered acceptable in the past.

Lead Coach:

Tahir Duzyol is a certified Physics and Technology instructor at Sunshine STEM Academy in Alpharetta. He has received his Bachelor of Science degree in Physics Education. He is a certified teacher in Physics and Technology Education in the State of Georgia. He received his Master's Degree in Educational Leadership with Technology concentration from Kennesaw State University.

He worked as Computer Science Teacher at a public charter high school for 3 years. He taught Web Design, Graphic Design, Design Principles, HTML, and CSS in Fundamentals of Web Design class and Web Programming, Database and JavaScript programming language in Advanced Web Design classes in high school computer science classes. After 3 years of high school teaching experience, he served as Assistant Principal in a public charter elementary school for 4 years, and Dean of Academics and Technology Director in a private elementary school for 1 year.

During his teaching and school administrative years, he coached students and teams in various extra-curricular activities such as high school level FTC robotics competitions, elementary school level FLL competitions, state-wide Tech Fair competitions, and state-wide Webchallenge competitions organized by TAG-Ed collaborative. Through curricular and extra-curricular activities, students learned web design, programming and engineering concepts; developed team work skills, critical-thinking skills and problem solving skills; earned scholarship toward their college education as a reward of winning placement at competitions.

He coached the High School Robotics Team for 3 years while he is teaching at charter high school. The team received Motivate Award at the International FTC Robotics Competition in St. Louis. Robotics team was recognized by the local Education Board as well. At the time, this award was the first achievement ever received by a Georgia robotics team at the international level FTC Robotics competitions. This award is given to teams show the best team effort, spirit and collaboration.

After high school teaching years, he helped elementary school level FLL robotics teams and their coaches as a robotics head coach when he was working as Assistant Principal at the charter elementary school. Robotics teams he helped and guided named as FLL Georgia State Champions -two years in a row- in 2014 and 2015 at FIRST LEGO League (FLL) Robotics Competitions.

He leads several robotics summer camps, coaches robotics teams at Sunshine STEM Academy Micro School.

Enrollment Process

Submission of an application does not guarantee a position on the team. Please see the steps will be followed below:

1- Sunshine STEM Academy staff will evaluate applications once received via online form.
2- Students/Parents must provide 2 reference letters from school teachers
3- Eligible students will be contacted for an interview.
4- Following interview, qualified students will be offered position for the team.

By submitting application, parents understand and accept above terms. Parents also accept that participation in all team meetings and tournament activities is expected. Failure to comply could result in dismissal from the team.

If chosen as a member of the team, a student must pledge to:

- Attend all meeting and practice sessions.
- Maintain a high level of effort and passing grades in school classes.
- Be a team player.
- Do the work to find solutions with guidance from our coaches and mentors.
- Acknowledge that our coaches and mentors don't have all the answers; we learn together.
- Show good behavior, and cooperation with team members and coach/mentor.
- Honor the spirit of friendly competition.
- Understand that what we discover is more important than what we win.
- Share our experiences with others.
- Display Gracious Professionalism.
- Have FUN!

Enrollment Fee

Monthly enrollment fee for the VEX Robotics program is $200. Please see monthly payment schedule below:

-September 10th: $225
-October 10th: $225
-November 10th: $225
-December 10th: $225
-January 10th: $225
-February 10th: $225
-March10th: $225 (If team qualifies to State Championship)

Enrollment fee covers following items:
-Robot kits and parts
-Team Registration Fees
-Competition Enrollment Fees
-Team T-shirts

Parents should provide snacks during meetings and transportation to competition(s).

Event Location:

Date: Every Sunday 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Grade Level: 6,7,8

Enrollment Fee: $225 / Month - September thru March

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