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7th-Grade Stars Create Mini Golf Course
How about a round of miniature golf at school? Sounds fun, right? Ms. Blackburn’s 7th-grade STEM students combined creativity with their MakerSpace skills to build an 18-hole miniature golf course. These Stars designed, budgeted, and fabricated their unique mini golf hole that featured unique Texas or Austin themes. Some fun mini golf hole designs showcased... Read more »
Roadtrip Nation Previews Changemakers Documentary with 10th-Grade Stars
The Roadies from the documentary crew Roadtrip Nation held a career exploration event for our 10th-grade Stars. The event previewed their PBS documentary film Changemakers, which features interviews with people across the country about the innovative ways to make an impact in their community. The documentary follows three young adults searching for career options with... Read more »
Stars Host FIRST LEGO League Event
On February 11th, the Ann Richards School hosted its first Central Texas FIRST LEGO League Challenge qualifier. Twenty-eight teams of 4th to 8th graders from all around the Austin area, along with the Ann Richards School’s own FIRST LEGO League team, Ursa Minor, competed for a spot to advance to the Central Texas Area Championship.... Read more »
African Children’s Choir Performs for the Stars
The Ann Richards School mission statement – The Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders dedicates itself to prepare young women to attend and graduate from college, commit to a healthy and well-balanced lifestyle, lead with courage and compassion, and solve problems creatively and ethically in support of our global community – includes supporting our... Read more »
All Points North Foundation Grant Funds Coding Curriculum for Middle School Stars
At the Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders, part of the curriculum in Ms. Josephson’s 8th grade STEM class is to provide opportunities for students to try innovative learning experiences in STEM. One opportunity is through the computer science module with Hello World programming. Thanks to a grant from All Points North Foundation, all... Read more »
8th-Grade Stars Learn About STEM Pathways
Pathway Day is a big deal if you’re an 8th grader at the Ann Richards School. It’s a chance for you to learn about the three STEM-based pathways students choose from while studying in high school – think of it as similar to choosing a college major just four years earlier. Pathway Day allows junior... Read more »
Current Stars Connect with Alumni During College Success Day
The first week of the spring semester closed out with College Success Day, an opportunity for our current Stars to connect with alumni from the Ann Richards School. This year marked the 9th year for our alumni to speak about life after the Ann Richards School with 28 alums connecting through two panel discussions during... Read more »
Spring semester begins with Intersession
The Stars and faculty kicked off the spring semester by learning a new passion or exploring a new hobby through two days of Intersession. Our Stars were around town exploring Texas State Parks through camping, car maintenance, Harry Potter gaming, hiking around Austin, crafting, knitting, cooking, golfing, robotics, chess, Rubik’s Cube, and learning how to... Read more »
10th-Grade Engineering Stars Create How-To Guide for Bridge Building
Mr. Boehme’s 10th-grade engineering students created a ‘how-to’ guide for building a bridge to test their design and construction skills for their end-of-year project. The parameters involved constructing a bridge that could hold over 250 pounds and span across 6 feet and only use 40 pieces of 1-inch by 2-inch wood that were 4 feet... Read more »
6th-Grade Stars Deliver Animal Enrichment Devices to Austin Zoo
Each year our 6th-grade Stars partner with the Austin Zoo to help the Zookeepers during feeding time with the rescue animals by creating an animal enrichment device. Our Stars research and observe the animals, sketch a design, build a prototype, adjust their plan and create the enrichment device for delivery. The final step is to... Read more »