Lego League is a group of students who learn teamwork through problem solving with Lego Robotics technology. Students receive an annual mission, for which they build a course, make their own robot, and then program the robot to perform tasks within the course. Research is required on the annual mission, which is then presented by the team at the First Lego League competition. Sponsor is Lori McQueary.
Odyssey of the Mind
Odyssey of the mind is an international educational program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students from kindergarten through college. Kids apply their creativity to solve problems that range from building mechanical devices to presenting their own interpretation of literary classics. They then bring their solutions to competition on the local, state, and World level.
The Student Technology Leadership Program (STLP™)
STLP is a project-based learning program that empowers students in all grade levels to use technology to learn and achieve. It was established in 1994 by the STLP State Advisory Council, which is composed of teachers, students and community leaders. Student-designed projects, products and services are created to help the school and community. Sponsor is Carol Jo Taylor.
4-H Club for Fourth & Fifth Grades
The Kenton County Extension Office provides a series of monthly programs for fourth and fifth grade students. Each class lasts 45 minutees and provides information on topics such as: nature walks, bike safety, weather patterns, etc. Students are taught the qualities of being a leader, how to elect officers for the 4-H club, and parlimentary procedures. Contact: Karla Thompson, Kenton County Extension Office, 356-3155.
WPNR is a daily, live news broadcast produced by the students at Piner Elementary School. Students in grades four and five audition to be a part of the news team. Students rotate on a monthly basis in order to produce the news. Some of the jobs students do to help produce the news include producer, camera operator, technical crew, special reporter, and anchor. Sponsors are Lori McQueary and Carol Jo Taylor.
Girls on the Run
Girls on the Run is an after school program that uses the power of running to help prepare girls in grades 3-5 for a lifetime of self-respect and healthy living. Through interactive activities such as running, playing games, and discussing important issues, participants learn how to celebrate being girls.
The program focuses on building self-esteem and improving emotional and physical health. During the 10-week program, girls are empowered with greater self-awareness, a sense of achievement and a foundation in team building to help them become strong, contented and self-confident young women.
Each session is led by trained female coaches that guide and mentor girls through a fun and uplifting curriculum. Coaches teach specific life lessons such as dealing with body image and the media, resisting peer-pressure, making healthy decisions, and contributing to the community. Along the way, the girls train together to walk or run in a 5K (3.1 mile) event.
Academic team is a team comprised of students that demonstrate outstanding academic achievement. We attend a district and a regional competition, and Piner has placed the last three years. It is the state’s premier academic event, involving over 20,000 students who compete in a structured competition. The academic team participates in a quick recall competition weekly with other schools throughout Kenton County. In the spring, the students will participate in the Governor’s Cup Competition which consists of written assessment examinations, composition, and quick recall. Contact Pam Irvin, sponsor, for more information at 356-2155.
Energy Wise Club
E-Wise 2 is a club that helps others to become aware of how our environment needs our help. We teach about ways to be energy efficient. We help teachers, students and the community to become aware of ways they can help as well. We work on projects around the school and in the community to help our community to become a better place to live. Sponsor: Gerri Holbrook
This club is sponsored by Bill Schneider.