Around Jefferson: Haynes robotics team goes to Calif. _lowres

Photo provided by Haynes -- Members of the Haynes Academy for Advanced Studies middle school robotics team who will compete next month in the FIRST LEGO League International North American Robotics Open in San Diego, Calif., are, front, Radeeya Islam; second row, from left, Luke Vedros, Aakash Zaveri, Kevin Kim and Judy Kase, math teacher and robotics moderator; back row, Milan Mardia, Jacob Zanca, Prokkawn Majumdar and Aqib Zakaria.

The LEGO group and the organization For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) have chosen the Haynes Academy for Advanced Studies middle school robotics team to compete in the FIRST Lego League International North American Robotics Open planned for May 15-17 in San Diego.

The Haynes team consists of seventh- and eighth-grade students who are sponsored by FIRST. The competition is a robotics program designed to get students interested in science and technology.

The Haynes project is an app called “Story Time.” It focuses on this year’s competition theme of “World Class Learning Unleashed.” The app, which combines storytelling and vocabulary, is designed to help students improve their verbal and writing skills through writing, and allows students and teachers to add vocabulary words to the app.

Judy Kase, a math teacher and the moderator of the Haynes team, said her students researched the need for an app of this kind, basing their design on student and teacher input and needs as well as scientific research.

While attending the competition in May, the team also will visit the Legoland Theme Park in Carlsbad, California.

To help offset the cost of the trip to California, the team is holding fundraisers at school. It is also accepting donations from the community.

Anyone who would like to donate to the team can send a check made out to Haynes Academy of Advanced Studies robotic team. The mailing address of the school is 1416 Metairie Road, Metairie, LA 70005, and it should be sent to the attention of Kase. All donations are tax-deductible.

For more information, call Haynes at (504) 837-8300.

Free music concert

St. Matthew’s United Methodist Church, 6017 Camphor St., Metairie, will host a musical concert program at 3 p.m. Saturday at the church.

The concert includes St. Matthew’s Jubilee Praise Band; mezzo-soprano Maggie Probst; pianists John Lacey and Diana Congemi; bassist Adam Ledet; the Creole Cuties; Stevie, Queta and Steve Cavalier; and the Mardi Gras Barbershop Chorus.

Admission is free, but donations will be accepted and will go to the church’s permanent endowment fund.

New street name

Jefferson Parish officials recently renamed Seventh Street in Marrero to Trojan Boulevard.

Held at the intersection of Walkertown Way and Trojan Boulevard, the April 24 dedication was in remembrance of Lincoln High School, whose mascot was the Trojans. The school opened in 1952, and its first appointed principal was Joshua Butler.

The school’s first class, of 23, graduated in 1953 and the last senior class, of 185 students, graduated in 1969.

WWII veterans to speak

The River Region Republican Women will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Kenner Pavilion, 2800 Loyola Drive. The program this month features the Bonnabel Air Force ROTC, who will present the colors and perform a demonstration of their rifle skills.

Guest speakers are WWII veterans who will share their experience in the service and information about the National WWII Museum in New Orleans.

Refreshments will be served. For more information, call Gail Silbernagel at (504) 487-5735.

Eva Jacob Barkoff writes about the people and events in Jefferson Parish. She can be reached at or by calling (504) 430-8053.