Professional soccer players Lindsay Agnew and Alyssa Kleiner visited Wilson Wims Elementary School on Sept. 25. The P.E. department coordinated with Athletes for Hope, a non-profit organization, to bring the Washington Spirit players to the school. The two met with fourth and fifth graders to talk about how goal setting helped them achieve a high level of success and to discuss the importance and value of physical activity.
The soccer players told the students their personal stories and students asked questions of the athletes. They also participated in a physical activity led by Agnew and Kleiner.
Athletes for Hope was founded in 2007 by several world-famous athletes, including Andre Agassi, Muhammad Ali, Jeff Gordon, Mia Hamm, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Mario Lemieux, Alonzo Mourning and Cal Ripken, Jr. The organization brings athletes together to educate, inspire and empower through sports philanthropy.
Middle School Students Present at KIDFest Community Event
Students from Parkland and Argyle middle schools presented projects during the fifth annual maker festival in Silver Spring on Sept. 24. KIDFest, an event coordinated by KID Museum and Montgomery County, was an interactive family fun event with activities for children of all ages. In addition at the event, robotics teams from Montgomery Blair and Walt Whitman high schools demonstrated their robots, and gave kids a chance to try them out.
The event gave students and adults of all ages the chance to explore gadgets, games, robots, magnets and other demonstrations. KIDFest also included a speaker series, KIDtalks, which were designed like mini-TED talks. Speakers included an executive at Google, an urban farmer and a thought leader on Artificial Intelligence and the future of work.
Earlier this year, the KID Museum and MCPS announced a partnership to increase opportunities for students in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Middle school students will compete to develop, design and build a prototype to solve a community problem by using STEM concepts.