pcsh ib candFourteen Park Center students recently celebrated the completion of the International Baccalaureate Extended Essay. The Extended Essay (EE) is a self-directed research project that culminates in a 4,000-word essay. The EE is a requirement for the full IB diploma student and is sent to an examiner for final grading.  This year’s essays are being sent to examiners in New York, California, Ukraine, Singapore, United Kingdom and Australia.

This year’s titles include:

  • How does Philip K. Dick argue the importance of empathy to humanity in his novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?                                                        
  • In the novel, The Song of the Lark, how does Willa Cather define success through the characterization and development of the protagonist, Thea Kronberg?
  • How does Margaret Atwood use language to symbolize power in The Handmaid’s Tale?
  • To What Extent Do The Theoretical Results Vary From The Experimental Results From Slot Machines?                                                                                   
  • How is the characterization of Emma maintained through film techniques in different filmic adaptations of the Jane Austen novel?                                          
  • To what extent were the generals of World War I the cause of overwhelming casualties in the first year of the war?                                                       
  • How does the density of the invasive species Myriophyllum spicatum affect the density of the native species Elodea Canadensis in the United States?
  • To what extent can we use Mark Rothko's color field works to explain how artist uses color as a role to make the audience feel emotion?                       
  • The Significance of Amy Tan’s Portrayal of Feminine Struggle in a Patriarchal Society                                                                                                                       


mgsh robotics webMaple Grove Senior High’s Crimson FIRST Robotics team was honored with the Chairman’s Award at the Lake Superior Regional competition. This is the highest honor achievable in FIRST Robotics. The award is presented to the team at each event that has made the biggest impact on its community, done the most to further STEM education, to help others, and to generally make the world a better place.

Out of a field of 63 teams, Crimson Robotics received this award for the work they have done to impact the world of robotics including:

  • Starting robotics teams in all four of Osseo Area Schools’ middle schools
  • Helping reboot and mentor Park Center Senior High’s robotics team
  • Coordinating numerous robotics demonstration and events in the district’s elementary schools and delivering countless presentations including to groups such as the Cub Scouts.
  • Running robotics summer camps
  • Collaborating and mentoring many other robotics teams around the region.

The team’s commitment to helping robotics thrive within the district and the entire region demonstrates the epitome of our district’s mission to contribute to community.

The team will advance to compete with their robot at the World Championship and be considered for the Championship Chairman’s Award. This year’s competition is titled, “Stronghold.” This medieval-themed challenge requires robots to cross a variety of obstacles and shoot dodge balls into goals in castle towers.

Chairman's Award video