News from CAK
Traditionally, the third graders at Christian Academy of Knoxville (CAK) present a Wax Museum each spring. It is an anticipated part of the curriculum that students look forward to when they enter into the third grade. This year is no exception. On March 8, at 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., the public is invited to the Middle School Gym where there will be 52 third graders hosting the annual CAK Wax Museum. This year’s theme is entitled “Heroes of the Faith”.
Each student will be representing a hero in God’s ministry. The students began the project by choosing a person of faith and their ministry. Next a book about their chosen person is read, and then classes with the elementary school librarian, Mrs. Toro, are presented as she guides the children through lessons encompassing concepts on researching text and organizing information to be used in their assignment.
The third graders then partner with their teachers, Mrs. Jenkins, Mrs. Poland, and Mrs. Smith, to formulate speeches and material used to develop their information boards. The students also work at home on memorizing the speeches and completing the boards.
The work completed by the third graders is considered higher level learning, but they were up for the challenge and jumped into the undertaking enthusiastically. The students’ endeavors will be evident the day of the Wax Museum where they will represent such Christian celebrities as C. S. Lewis, Amy Carmichael, David Livingstone, Jim Elliot, Gladys Aylward, Lottie Moon, and many others.
The third-grade teachers all agree that this project, although tedious for the average third grader, has grown the students’ abilities tremendously. Not only are their third-grade skills refined, but their understanding of how God prepares His people to minister to others ignites their interest in their own God-given plan and where it will lead them.
The third-grade teachers along with their students would like to invite you to come to experience this exciting presentation.
Christian Academy of Knoxville's middle school robotics team brought home the 1st place trophy in robot design at the F.I.R.S.T. LEGO League 19TH Annual East Tennessee Championship Tournament held on Saturday, February 9 at Tennessee Tech University.
FIRST, which stands for “For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology,” was founded by Dean Kamen and the LEGO Group’s Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen in 1998 as a way to engage children in playful and meaningful learning while helping them discover the fun in science and technology through the FIRST LEGO League experience.
Approximately 48 teams comprised of children ages 9-14 from the East Tennessee area competed against one another in this intense competition.
We are so proud of Coach Rhyne and his team! Thank you to Mrs. Rhyne, Ms. Welshan and Mr. Gibson for all of your help!
CAK's robot had to execute a number of tasks within two and a half minutes. It has an innovative interface which improves the performance of the task-specific devices. In addition, the time to change the robots attachments was reduced significantly.
According to Assistant Coach Gibson, "this unique design is a first in Lego robotics history, and has applicability in many areas in any industry where a gear transmission interface is needed." He adds "the CAK device will provide rapid changing of those attachments and enhanced stability."