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Monday, November 30, 2015

Knightly News Season 2 Episode 4: Thanksgiving special!



Published on Nov 24, 2015
What are you thankful for Buckaneers?
In this episode:
-Nate anchors

Friday, November 20, 2015

US Teachers Present on Design Thinking at 2015 Symposium on Scholarship of Teaching & Learning

Gustavo and Karina just returned from the 2015 Symposium on Scholarship of Teaching & Learning at Mount Royal University in Banff, Alberta, Canada. This conference aims to gather teachers and scholars to develop teaching and learning research. Gustavo and Karina’s presentation was entitled, “Design Thinking: A Novel Inquiry-Based Pedagogy to Problem-Solving in the 21st Century.” They shared the research that they’ve been doing for the past two years through their Senior Spring Project Mini-Course in which students worked on two problems: deforestation in the Dominican Republic and Haiti, and resource management in the Sarstun region of Guatemala. Students also interned at a locally-based NGO with ties to those communities which allowed the students to be involved in the solution-making phase of the processes.

-Katrina Fuller

BB&N Upper School Robotics

On Saturday, Mike B and the Robotics Team are going to their first robotics competition of the year at North Andover High school. This year, BB&N is excited to bring two teams to the competition! Students this weekend will compete with 40 teams in the Vex Robotics competition. The goal of this year’s contest is for the robot to gather balls from the playing field and shoot them into a net. Students have had since September to design and build their robots.




And, in other exciting robotics news, three students are currently in the middle of a virtual robotics competition (Zero Robotics, hosted by MIT and NASA). In this virtual competition, our team (currently in an alliance with teams from Italy and from Maine) has to create software that controls virtual satellites in a fierce head-to-head satellite battle. In the end, the winning team’s software will actually be sent to the International Space Station so that the competition can be carried out on live, real satellites! Go Knights!

-Katrina Fuller

Monday, November 16, 2015

Check out the Latest from the Knightly News



Published on Nov 13, 2015
George gets resurrected.
Freshmen vs. Sophomores.
The anchors attempt to do a segment on Debate Club.
Break the Egg!

Starring Mitch, Pavel, Rose, Sam, and Ally,
Tune in for the next episode the monday after Thanksgiving

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

New Upper School student club formed 2015-2016: Mobile App Development Club

          Programming has always been a very important aspect of our lives. At first, it was something cool that we didn’t really understand but nevertheless wanted to mess with. Whether it was making games with Processing or writing code to help with math problems, we saw it as a fun tool. In sophomore year, two of us took AP Computer Science in order to really build and expand on our knowledge. During this time, we also participated in programming competitions such as the USACO, where we have qualified in the silver and gold divisions. At the end of year, our final project was to make a mobile application that notified people in BB&N about their current classes and schedule. We also wanted it to be flexible for schedule changes and capable of notifying students about school wide events with push notifications. While much of the actual logic and backend was completed for the final project, we continued to fix some bugs throughout the summer. We felt that with more people and ideas, we could make this app better and thus the idea of a Mobile Application Development club, or M.A.D. club was conceived. 
          Going forward, we have a member working on a better UI for the application. The rest of the club is discussing possible future features relating to the app. We would like to make it possible for all schools to use, not just BB&N. We are considering adding a lunch menu feature as well. Besides the BB&N app, we are also discussing other projects such as games. The club time is used to bounce ideas and communicate plans; actual coding occurs behind the scenes. Club members demonstrate code and teach newcomers as well. Currently we meet on Tuesdays and we are considering meeting on Thursdays to get more time to communicate. For us, it’s really cool to have a direct impact in a community and create applications that people can use to make their lives more efficient. At the same time, we like to have a little fun too– so we mess around and design games.

-Members of the Upper School Mobile App Development Club


Monday, November 2, 2015

Extra! Extra! Watch all about it! Knightly News off to a great start with Season 2

BB&N students are at it again!  Season 2 of the Knightly News is off to a great start.  Check out episodes 1 and 2 below:

Published on Oct 16, 2015
WE'RE BACK FOR A SECOND SEASON. This episode stars Mitchell Papazian, boy wonder, and the tangy-citrus flavor of Pavel Frantsen.


Published on Oct 30, 2015
A Knightly News halloween special! Featuring murder, intrigue, and Ahcene!