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Lego Robotics
Members are guided as they design and build an animated robot from legos. The animation is controlled by the Lego Mindstorm module and motors, whose programming can be accomplished via template commands. The club meets once per cycle during middle school lunch.

Flight Simulator Club
Members exercise their passion for aviation through the use of Microsoft's Flight Simulator program, and the integration of the CH Flight Sim Yoke. Each member progressively works his/her way up to the ultimate Boeing 747 airliner, by completing tasks on smaller aircraft such as controlled take-offs and landings, completing cross country flights during day and night time. Real time weather can also be introduced to each pilot's trip.

Math Olympiads is a club that competes in math contests five times a school year. Each contest takes place at our school. We meet once a cycle but compete only once a month. The remaining days we problem solve, learn different techniques and practice past contests. Each contest consists of five nonroutine problems that require careful mathematical thinking but without the use of a calculator. The goals of the Math Olympiads are to stimulate enthusiasm and a love for Mathematics, introduce important Mathematical concepts, to teach major strategies for problem solving, to develop Mathematical flexibility in solving problems, to strengthen Mathematical intuition, to foster Mathematical creativity and ingenuity, to provide for the satisfaction, joy, and thrill of meeting challenges. It was created in 1977 by Dr. George Lenchner, an internationally known math educator. The Math Olympiads went public in 1979 and last year nearly 150,000 students from 6,000 teams worldwide participated in the Olympiads. All 50 states and about 30 other countries were represented.

Each participant receives a Certificate of Participation and the high scorer of each team receives a trophy. Each team, in the top 10% of all teams, receives a plaque as well. We have competed in 2 contests so far and look forward to the remaining 3 this year.


Book Club Book Club was founded to enhance our student's understanding and appreciation of literature. Reading approximately 6-10 books a year, our 10-12 members have the ability to vote on their choice of book from contemporary works. As we read through contemporary novels, club members are responsible for developing discussion questions for the group. In the future, we hope to record visual book reviews that may be posted and shared with the entire Middle School population.

Scholastic Club The Scholastic Club was founded in order to prepare students for the National Scholastic Challenge exam that takes place in the Spring. Our 6-8 members partake in trivia games to hone their skills at answering a wide variety of questions in multiple subjects as preparation for the exam. Last year, we were fortunate enough to have the highest scoring 6th grader in New York State as part of our club, and we hope to continue producing knowledgeable students who are able to perform at their best for the exam.

News From the Middle The purpose of News From the Middle is to share current events that directly impact the student body of SSLIMS. Our 10-12 members interview school personnel, students, and faculty to produce relevant content that is published approximately 5 times a year with approximately 10 articles per issue. Moving forward, our goals include increased publication (at least 7 times per year), and increased content per issue (at least 12 articles per issue).

Drama During the spring semester, students may audition to participate in the middle school drama performance. Over the course of several weeks, students rehearse and prepare for a community production of the selected show.

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