Competition and Enrichment Clubs
MCAA Competition Teams
Each year FIRST LEGO League releases a Challenge, which is based on a real-world scientific topic. Each Challenge has three parts: the Robot Game, the Project, and the Core Values. Teams participate in the Challenge by programming an autonomous robot to score points on a themed playing field (Robot Game) and developing a solution to a problem they have identified (Project).
Who can participate? Students, ages 9 and up
Dates of meetings: Monday and Friday mornings
Applications are available in the front office.
Cobb Regional Technology Competition
Student who chose to participate in this competition have 17 categories to choose from. For more information please refer to the CRTC website Information will go home in October about how to register. Odyssey of the Mind Odyssey of the Mind is a creative problem-solving program for students ranging in age from kindergarten through college. Students work on teams to solve problems creatively! Modeled on interscholastic sports, Odyssey of the Mind’s creative competitions combines the excitement of athletic competition with fun-filled often zany mental gymnastics. Teams match wits & abilities together to develop creative solutions to broadly defined problems. It allows students to work with others and provides them with the opportunity to learn creative problem solving, brainstorming, and teamwork. Students form teams of up to seven members to develop a solution to one of six Long Term Problems over several months. During this time, teams are also working on developing their skills for other aspects of the competition. Applications are available in the front office.
What is the Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl?
The Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl (HRRB) is a state wide reading competition open to students in grades 4th and 5th grade at MCAA. This year there are seventeen books on the booklist for the elementary division. Students will practice using a buzzer system to answer questions about the books they have read. A love of reading, as well as, a competitive spirit are necessary for this competition team.
Who can participate? 4th and 5th graders
Dates of meetings: Tuesday and Thursday mornings
Applications are available in the front office.
Science Olympiad competitions are like academic track meets, consisting of a series of 23 team events in each division (Division B is middle school; Division C is high school). Each year, a portion of the events are rotated to reflect the ever-changing nature of genetics, earth science, chemistry, anatomy, physics, geology, mechanical engineering and technology. By combining events from all disciplines, Science Olympiad encourages a wide cross-section of students to get involved. Emphasis is placed on active, hands-on group participation. Applications are available in the front office.
MCAA Enrichment Clubs
The MCAA Student Council will consist of two elected students from each homeroom. Students who wish to run for student council will need to submit an essay – no more than 3 paragraphs long – to Dr. Patterson by Tuesday, August 21st. The essay should include ideas for school improvement and a definition of what a good leader should be. The student council will be working directly with Dr. Patterson on leadership skills and improving MCAA. Students will give speeches (no more than 2 minutes long) to their homerooms on Friday, August 24th and elections will take place immediately following. Students will not be campaigning for the homeroom elections. Students must complete the essay by August 21st and give their speech in order to be considered for voting. Results will be announced during end-of-the-day announcements on Friday, August 24th.
*5th grade student council representatives will be running for Student Council Officer positions in September
Please see Mr. Creger, Dr. Patterson and Mrs. Johnson Girls without Limits This girls-only club is based on the principles of the book Lean In. It inspires girls to be strong female leaders and role models. Participants will study the principles of leadership, research and interview women leaders in the community and develop an understanding of their personal strengths.
Max. # of Students: 20 4th and 5th grade girls
*based on teacher recommendation
Please see Mrs. Wiliams 2.0 Service Club
We will be starting a Service Council at MCAA this year. The council will lead all service projects at MCAA for our community. If students are interested in being a classroom representative for service council, they will need to submit an essay, no more than three paragraphs long, to Mr. Creger by Tuesday, August 21st. The essay should include ideas for service projects and reasons why we should help others in our community. There will be a panel of MCAA staff choosing the two representatives for each class. Students will find out who is on the Service Council during end-of-the-day announcements on Friday, August 24th.
Please See Mr. Creger
Rocket Fuel News Team
MCAA Rocket Fuel News is a daily newscast run by our students. Crew members’ jobs include anchors, camera operator, and monitor of sound controls and transitions. We are using the latest green screen software and equipment, which gives our broadcast a more professional look.
5th graders may apply to be a member of a news crew team. 4th graders may apply to be weather reporters. 3rd graders are spotlighted during the Pledge of Allegiance.
Max. # of Students: Based on the number of applications
*based on application
Please see Mrs. Crandall