PBMS Cambridge Chess and Robotics

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Welcome to the PBMS Cambridge Program.  Since being recognized as a Cambridge International magnet the students in the program have worked hard on a multitude of assignments that infuses ChessRobotics, Cultural and Global Studies, and the Cambridge Choir. Thanks to Dade Partner Forever Bloom Alliance, Inc. in donating this web space, students have powerful tool for helping them attain academic success throughout the program.

After touring our website you will see that the Paul W. Bell Cambridge Program is a wonderful place that offers an exciting education under the guidance of experienced and talented teachers. To become a part of this exciting program, click on the tab “How to Sign Up for PBMS Cambridge” and enroll today.  

Surround yourself with smart, dedicated people – to build something isn’t a one-man show. It’s more important to have smart people who really believe in what you’re doing than really experienced people who may not share your dream.

– Niklas Zennstrom

How to Sign Up for PBMS Cambridge

How to Sign Up for PBMS Cambridge

Students currently in the 5th or 6th grade must meet the following criteria:

1. Minimum of 2.0 averages in core Academics and Conduct (e.g. Language Arts, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies).

2. All effort grades in core academics must be a “2” or higher.

3. No more than 10 unexcused absences for the previous year.

4. Parents must apply online by completing the magnet application before January 15 in order for the student to be considered for admission.

5. At the end of each school year, we review all currently accepted students. If the student’s academic or conduct record no longer meets the admission requirements, the student’s acceptance will be revoked.

Register Online Today!

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PBMS Cambridge Contacts:
Anthony Reid – Lead Teacheranthonyreid@dadeschools.net
Soraya Herran – School Counselor – sherran-flynn@dadeschools.net

Testimonials

“Cambridge gives an amazing experience”- Izayana.G. 2015

“Cambridge makes learning fun”- Emily.S. 2015

“Cambridge has been a very wonderful experience for me and I have only been in the program for two weeks”- Ketsia.L.  2015

“I love the Cambridge Program because I get to interact with students in Germany and all my friends are in it”- Rocio.L. 2015

“This is my first year in the Cambridge Program and it has been a wonderful experience. I’ve met great friends that will stay with me for three special years, as well as creative and understanding teachers.”- Claudia.M. 2015 {Mr. Reid’s favorite student}

“The Cambridge Program is an amazing experience. The Cambridge Program prepares you to be independent. I’m very proud to be a part of it.” – Katherine.R. 2015

“Cambridge is a fun learning academy, where you learn to utilize all sorts of materials and technology” Frank.D. 2015

“Cambridge is fun and exciting. It is interesting and you will be very successful.  It also has many appealing features such as choir, technology and interacting with kids from Germany”- Nicholas.P.  2015

“Cambridge is exciting! Also we learn sufficient information from working with technological machines and software such as robots, computers, and Microsoft office.”- Lazaro.G.  2015

“This course is enjoyable.”- Adilio.M. 2015

“This year that I have been in the Cambridge program has been very successful. When I first heard about this program I knew that whichever teacher was directing the program was also very successful as well. It has been a wonderful experience. I have had the chance to meet intelligent kids who have become my friends. I hope to stay in Cambridge for the next three years.”- Valerie.A 2015

“Cambridge is an exciting program and has many engaging features as choir, show creating, and PowerPoint.”- Anthony.L. 2015 { J Average Student J }

“Cambridge is very exciting and entertaining. In Cambridge we perform tasks. We mainly sing as a choir, construct robots, and work on PowerPoint’s. – Alexander.R.  2015 {Mr. Reid’s’ favorite Student}

“In this program called Cambridge I have the oppurtunity to learn how to become a successful person and to be interactive. Many of my friends are in this program and we have a good time. We acquire information of technology by building robots; make PowerPoints, interacting with kids in Germany, and singing. It has only been 5 months and I feel proud of myself. Also I thank my teacher Mr. Reid”-Isabella.N.  

1st Quarter Classwork – Chess & Robotics

Day 1 – 8/21
Course Introduction
Rules and Guidelines
What is the Cambridge Program?

Students will review activities and projects for the course based on the Paul Bell Cambridge program’s goals and objectives: Accelerated Learning, Arts and Culture, Global Education, and Technology Integration.

Day 2 – 8/23
Course Goals: Chess and Robotics
How will the course benefit students and the school? 

Cultural & Global Studies Scope and Sequence

Introduce Class Officers

Introduction to Riddles and Mind Traps

Introduce Class Website and Online Resources

Day 3 – 8/27
OCS Election Day

Gradebook and Grading Policy

Course Supplies Check

Introduction to Chess

Object of the Game, Check and Checkmate

Day 4 – 8/29

Tablet and Folder Distribution

MS Office 365 Workshop 1: Using Email and One Drive

Learning about Chess Pieces: the King & the Pawn 1

Day 5 – 8/31

Learning about Chess Pieces: the King & the Pawn 2

MS Office 365 Workshop 1: Using Email and One Drive

Day 6 – 9/05

Learning about Chess Pieces: the Bishop 1

Day 7 – 9/07

Learning about Chess Pieces: the Bishop 2

Short, Medium, and Long-term Objectives

Day 8 – 9/12

Learning about Chess Pieces: the Rook

Rook Strategies and Practice

Day 9 – 9/14

[Sub Day] Practice playing chess without a Queen and Knight

Day 10 – 9/18

Learning about Chess Pieces: the Queen

Queen Strategies and Practice

Day 11 – 9/21

Learning about Chess Pieces: the Knight

Knight Strategies and Practice

Day 12 – 9/25

Chess Practice: Opening Moves

3 Basic Opening Strategy Principles

Day 13 – 9/27

Chess Practice: Opening Moves

10 Golden Moves

Day 14 – 10/01

School Year Video Journal Initiation

Chess Practice: Finding the Pin 1

Day 15 – 10/03

Introduce Exploring Engineering and Robotics Research Project

ERP-Groups

Chess Practice: Finding the Pin 2

Day 16 – 10/05

Exploring Engineering and Robotics Research Project

ERP-Topics

Chess Practice: Finding the Pin 3

Day 17 – 10/09

Chess and Ethics Essay

Finding the Pin PowerPoint Presentations

Day 18 – 10/11

Vex IQ Robotics Assignments & Workshop

Chess Practice: Finding the Fork 1

Day 19 – 10/15

Chess Practice: Finding the Fork 2

Work on Finding the Fork PowerPoint 

Day 20 – 10/17

Find the Fork Presentations

Exploring Engineering and Robotics Workshop 1

[Click here to access Vex Robots]

Day 22 – 10/19

Exploring Engineering and Robotics Workshop 2

Day 23 – 10/23

Exploring Engineering and Robotics Workshop 3

Day 24 – 10/24

End of Grading Period Housekeeping

Exploring Engineering and Robotics Workshop 4

2nd Quarter Classwork – Chess & Robotics

Day 25 – 10/30

The 64 Squares Foundation Professional Development Course PPP (Part 1)

Chess Practice

Exploring Engineering and Robotics Workshop 4

Day 26 – 11/01

The 64 Squares Foundation Professional Development Course PPP (Part 2)

Chess Practice

Exploring Engineering and Robotics Workshop 5

Day 27 – 11/05

Exploring Engineering and Robotics Presentations

(A, B, C, D)

Day 28 – 11/08

Exploring Engineering and Robotics Presentations

(E, F, G, H)

Day 29 – 11/13

Exploring Engineering and Robotics Presentations

(I, J, K, L)

Day 30 – 11/15

Vex IQ Robot Building Workshop 1

Day 31 – 11/19

Vex IQ Robot B2ilding Workshop 2

Day 32 – 11/26

Vex IQ Robot Building Workshop 3

Day 33 – 11/28

Vex IQ Robot Building Workshop 4

Day 34 – 11/30

Vex IQ Robot Building Workshop 5

Day 35 – 12/04

Vex IQ Robot Building Workshop 6

Day 36 – 12/06

Vex IQ Robot Building Workshop 7

Reintrduce Sensors

Day 37 – 12/10

Vex IQ Robot Building Workshop 8

Programming Sensors with Modkit

Day 38 – 12/12

Vex IQ Robot Building Workshop 8

Programming Sensors with Modkit

Day 39 – 12/14

Vex IQ Robot Building Workshop 8

Your Robot and the Next Level Challenge

Day 40 – 12/18

Robot Next Level Practice Competition

Day 41 – 12/20

Winter Concert

Day 42 – 1/07

Sub-Day

Chess Practice.

MUN: Students will work on Model UN research using class computers.

Day 43 – 1/09

Robot Next Level Practice Competition: Programming

Day 44 – 1/11

Robot Next Level Practice Competition: Programming 

Day 49 – 1/29

 

Day 50 – 1/31 & 2/01

2nd Quarter Homework and Due Dates – Chess & Robotics

10/30 – Exploring Engineering and Robotics Presentations

Please save into the “EERP Final Draft PPP Drop” folder in OneDrive.

11/07 – Exploring Engineering and Robotics Final Draft Presentations Due

12/06 – Vex IQ Robot Builds Due 

12/06 – Vex IQ Engineering Notebook Due

12/14 – Robot program with sensors due. 

12/18 – Robot Next Level Practice Competition

1/09 – MUN: What’s Inside, Critical Thinking, and Questions to Consider Due

1/11 – MUN: Getting to Know Your Country Worksheet Due

1/14 – Complete Modkit programming for Vex Next Level Competition. 

Copy screen shots of program to Onedrive Share Folder.

2nd Quarter Quiz and Exam Study Guides – Chess and Robotics

Global Scholars Units 1 & 2 Workbook Vocabulary Quiz

Unit 1: collaboration, culture, e-classroom, food system, international, peer, sustainable

Unit 2:  access, consume, food security, influence, nutritious, processed food, public health

3rd Quarter Classwork – Chess and Robotics

Day 47 – 1/23

OCS Elections

Chess Practice

Day 48 – 1/25

Chess Tournament Discussion

Chess Practice Circle

Day 49 – 1/28

Chess Tournament Discussion

Chess Practice Circle

Day 50 – 1/30

Introducing Logic Puzzles

MUN Position Paper Workshop 1

Day 51 – 2/01

Solving Logic Puzzles

MUN Position Paper Workshop 2

Day 52 – 2/06

Chess.com  – Chess Master Guessing Game 1

Day 53 – 2/08

Chess.com  – Chess Master Guessing Game 2

Day 54 – 2/12

Chess.com  – Chess Master Guessing Game 3

Day 55 – 2/14

Logic Puzzle Practice Handout 5 & 6

Day 56 – 2/19

Logic Puzzle Creation Workshop 1

Day 57 – 2/21

Logic Puzzle Creation Workshop 2

Day 58 – 2/25

MUN Practice Speeches

Day 59 – 2/27

MUN Practice Speeches

Day 54 – 2/12

MUN Practice Speeches

3rd Quarter Homework and Due Dates – Chess and Robotics

2/01 – MUN Position Papers Due

2/01 – Logic Puzzle Worksheet 1 Due

2/14 – MUN Speech 1 Due

2/19 – MUN Speech 2 Due

2/20 – MUN After School Practice 1 | 4:00 – 6:00pm

2/21 – Rough Draft Logic Puzzle Due

2/21 – Rough Draft of Black History Project / Booth Due

2/21 – MUN Speech 3 Due

2/21 – Final Draft Logic Puzzle Due with Answer Sheet

2/25 – MUN Speech 4 Due

2/27 – Final Draft of Black History Project / Booth Due

2/27 – MUN Speech 5 Due

2/28 – Black History Fair

2/28 – MUN After School Practice 1 | 4:00 – 6:00pm

3/01 – MUN Practice Resolutions 1 & 2 Due [More Information]

3/02 – MUN Conference at North Miami-Dade College

3rd Quarter Quiz and Exam Study Guides – Chess and Robotics

Code.org Vocabulary

Course 1: algorithm, function, variable, program, sequence, persistence, loop, event, blockly

Course 2: conditionals, binary, digital footprint, data, computational thinking, iteration, bug, debugging

Course 3: decompose, pattern matching, abstraction, algorithm, IP Address, Domain Name Service (DNS), Universal Resource Locator (URL), servers, fiber optic cable, packets, crowdsourcing, digital citizen

Course 4: Tangram, algorithm, interpret, variable, abstraction, meteorologist, interval, for loop, function, parameter, binary alphabet, binary image, if statement

4th Quarter Classwork – Chess and Robotics

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Spring Break

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Day 64 – 4/02

Cambridge Choir Practice: Thousand Years

Day 65 – 4/04

Cambridge Choir Practice: Thousand Years

Day 66 – 4/06

Cambridge Choir Practice: Thousand Years

Global Scholars: Unit 5

Day 67 – 4/10

Cambridge Choir Practice: Thousand Years

Global Scholars: Unit 5

Day 68 – 4/12

Cambridge Choir Practice: Thousand Years

Global Scholars: Unit 5

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FSA Testing Begins

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Day 69 – 4/16

Cambridge Choir Practice: Deep Peace

Global Scholars: Unit 5

Day 70 – 4/18

Cambridge Choir Practice: Deep Peace

Global Scholars: Unit 5

Day 71 – 4/20

Roll the Dice Song Test

Global Scholars: Unit 5

Day 72 – 4/24

Roll the Dice Song Test

Global Scholars: Unit 5

Day 72 – 4/17

FSA Testing

Cambridge Choir Practice

Day 73 – 4/19

FSA Testing

Cambridge Choir Practice

Day 74 – 4/21

FSA Testing

Cambridge Choir Practice

Day 75 – 4/25

FSA Testing

Cambridge Choir Practice

Day 76 – 4/27

FSA Testing

Cambridge Choir Practice

Day 77 – 5/01

FSA Testing

Cambridge Choir Practice

Day 78 – 5/03

FSA Testing

Cambridge Choir Practice

Day 79 – 5/05

FSA Testing

Cambridge Choir Practice

4th Quarter Homework and Due Dates – Chess and Robotics

4/20 – Cambridge Choir Singing Test

4/24 – Autonomous Robotics Test – Phase 2 (RobotC)

5/10 – Autonomous Robotics Test – Phase 3 (Modkit)

5/30  – Spring Concert

5/09 – Vex Robotics Unit Lessons 1 & 3 (Vex EDR Lesson Plans)

5/15 – Vex Robotics Unit Lessons 4 & 5 (Vex EDR Lesson Plans)

5/19 – Vex Robotics Unit Lessons 6 & 8 (Vex EDR Lesson Plans)

5/23 – Vex Robotics Unit Lessons 9 & 10 (Vex EDR Lesson Plans)

6/01 – Vex Robotics Unit Lessons 11 & 12 (Vex EDR Lesson Plans)

4th Quarter Quiz and Exam Study Guides – Chess and Robotics