The Valley Catholic April 16, 2019 - Page 15 | April 16, 2019 CATHOLIC SCHOOLS 15 Holy Family Robotics Team Innovates Mrs. Tina Bowers Holy Family School is very proud of their sixth grade First Lego League Robotics Team, “Space Cow Theory,” for their accomplishments this year. The team of sixth graders, led by three dad coaches, were recognized for their success in their project, in which the goal was to develop solutions to real-world problems that demonstrate originality and have the potential to add significant impact to the world. Their innovative project idea led to two awards and even earned them a spot as finalists in the regional expo. This year’s theme for the first Ro- botics challenge was “Into Orbit.” As part of the challenge, not only did the team have to design and program a robot made up of Legos to accomplish missions in the robot game, but the team also had a project, which was to identify a human physical or social problem faced during long duration space exploration. Once the problem was identified, the team had to provide an innovative solution that makes the problem better. This is where our team really began to shine. The problem the team identified was to reduce the amount of trash gener- ated during long term space travel. Additionally, the team also considered a unique way to add vitamins and fla- vor to the meals the space travel crew would eat during their mission. Their proposed solution was to create an ed- ible food packaging with vitamins and flavoring added, that could actually be eaten as part of the meal or be dissolved by adding water to a meal, such as soup. Removing the need to carry this ad- ditional trash not only reduced waste, it could save approximately $6,000,000 to the overall mission cost. The boys also came up with the idea to add vitamins to the edible packag- ing to provide an alternative to taking vitamin supplements. Also, they recog- nized that adding flavoring to the ed- ible packaging could solve a common complaint of astronauts, which is that the food is too bland. This innovative solution also has the potential to be applied to current food packaging on Earth to reduce waste and offer other ways to provide nour- ishment and flavoring to commonly Presentation High School Names Holly Elkins New President The Presentation High School Board of Directors announced on April 3 the appointment of Holly Elkins as its next President, effective July 1. Holly’s appointment is the result of a rigorous and inclusive search process, which involved participation from the entire school community–trustees, families, alumnae, students, and faculty and staff. Holly comes to Presentation from Saint Francis High School in Mountain View where she spent the past eighteen years of her career. “We are thrilled to have found such a strong match and Catholic educator like Holly to lead Presentation into the future,” said Jon Yap, chair of the Search Committee. “Holly’s passion for our mission and strong belief in the power of all-girls education will be a great asset to our Presentation community.” Currently, Holly is Executive Direc- tor of Advancement at Saint Francis, where she is responsible for overseeing the school’s community engagement, Holly Elkins marketing, and fundraising efforts. Holly has also been integral in the school’s strategic planning, campus master planning and capital campaign fundraising efforts to shape the future of the student experience. “I am humbled and honored to serve as the next President of Presentation High School at this important moment for women’s education,” said Holly Elkins. “I look forward to bringing to- gether the entire Pres family -- the Board of Directors, Trustees, school leaders, parents, alumnae and students -- to create a future that builds on our shared values, rich traditions, and legacy of Nano Nagle.” For more information regarding Catholic Schools visit, eaten individually wrapped foods. During the Qualifying Tourna- ment in November, the problem and solution was presented to a panel of judges and the team was awarded both the Project Award and the Global InnovationAward for their unique and innovative project. These awards meant the judges found potential value in the team’s solution and gave the team an opportunity to participate in the NorCal Region Innovation Expo in March. After preparing their pre- sentation for the Innovation Expo for months, the team brought prototypes of the edible food packaging to show the judges, presented their solution, and fielded intense questions from a panel of judges. Through their Robotics journey this year, the team learned a lot about critical thinking, problem solving, and how to present their ideas to others. Holy Family School is very proud of our team for already thinking about ways to find unique solutions to real problems and to make an impact on the world. Participate in the The Valley Catholic Young Journalists Group The Valley Catholic Young Journalists Group is a team of high school journalists who are passionate about retelling such stories through priests, ordinary people and religious events. 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