DCS MechWarriors First Lego League will go to State Competition!

Coaches Lisa Rasche and Joe Braun with the FLL DCS MechWarriors team
Trophy and Certificate of Invitation to the FLL City Shaper State Championship Tournaments
Elisa is explaining the impact of wheel circumference on the robot built by this team

On Saturday, December 7, 2019 the DCS MechWarriors scored so well on their project, robot build, core values and operating the robot that they qualified to go to state competition! It was a great day for our team.

The theme of this year’s competition is a Star Wars theme called City Shaper. Some of the team dressed in Star Wars costumes and went as Princess Leia and some Ewoks.

The robot executes missions on the game board from First Lego League that is the same game board around the world for this competition. One of the missions moved objects representing blue, red, and white houses into their respective colored circles on the game board. Another mission lifted a structure representing a steel building at a construction site. All the missions require attachments to the Lego Mindstorm robot, and also require programming which is done by the students.

The team also selected to study a wetland local to Decatur, Illinois at Rock Springs Nature Preserve. The girls demonstrated the importance of wetlands and how they impact nature. They discovered that the plants embed their roots in the ground which helps prevent erosion. They roots also help filter the water and help prevent flooding.

We are so proud of this team. Congratulations, DCS MechWarriors FLL team. Go, go, go!!!!

Dig It!

Wash brushes away layers of sand.

The 6th grade World History class studies Ancient Israel, a natural opportunity to explore archeological best practices.

Students had to carefully sweep away thick, moist sand and use more delicate tools to uncover a variety of artifacts. Each item had to be carefully sketched in its original location and inventoried.

Hailey documents her artifacts.

Several students had moments of shouting, “What is this?” A common question for archeologists.

Sara is determined to find everything.

Students then inferred what the dig site represented–what happened at that site? The presence of tools, screws, and other items suggested a construction site.

Izzy uses a toothbrush to delicately move sand away from artifacts.

Friends of DCS Annual Holiday Banquet

Thursday, November 21, 2019 was the second annual Friends of DCS Annual Holiday Banquet at LIFE Foursquare Church, 2954 W. Ash Avenue in Decatur, Illinois. We had a great evening together with students who served tables, lead worship, and also spoke. At the conclusion of the evening, those attending gave donations and made pledges to support the mission of Decatur Christian School.

First Tech Challenge Results of First Meet

On November 9, 2019 the Central East Division of Illinois First Robotics met at the Electrical and Computer Engineering Building in Urbana, Illinois. There were ten teams that participated in this event where teams were paired with a different team each round of the day. There were five rounds of competition, and working together was an important feature of the day. In the end, our DCS MechWarriors placed fifth out of ten teams. Thanks to everyone who helped in this great event.

https://ftc-results.firstillinoisrobotics.org/divisions/rankings/49

Exploring the Depths, the Hope of the Light

Fall 2019 Theatre Production

Secondary students took to the stage for Macabre: Tales from Edgar Allan Poe by Jules Tasca and directed by DCS Fine Arts teacher Mrs. Dodson.  The production featured four of Poe’s lesser-known short stories: “William Wilson”, “The Valdemar Case”, “The Imp of the Perverse”, and “The System”.  The Theatre Arts class led the way with a variety of middle and high school students among the cast and crew.  

The focus question for this production was, “What is mankind without God’s grace?”

The costume design included all actors wearing a dark, decaying design around their eyes while performing the stories that explored various categories of sin such as self-indulgence and self-will.  Instead of the traditional curtain call, the cast sang “A Mighty Fortress is Our God” and cleansed their eyes of the decaying makeup.  

The production is the most serious one the DCS Theatre Arts has produced in the last few years.  It was an interesting journey for the cast to tell the stories and the production crew to design and implement the technical aspects.  It dug deep into the heart of sin and the hope of redemption in Christ.