Wednesday, January 2, 2013

School News: Jan 2-4

Welcome Back and Happy New Year!

Special Event this weekend, Jan 5-6!
Playable Fashion Weekend Workshop for teens, takes place this weekend (January 5 & 6) at Eyebeam Art + Technology Center in Chelsea, 540 W 21 St, 10am-5pm Sat and Sun.  This exciting workshop brings together Fashion, Games, and Technology for high school students ages 14-18. Students will be making their own wearable game controller, learning how to build and solder electronic devices in order to create their own "soft" electronics; that is, buttons and sensors made from wearable materials like conductive thread and fabrics.  This unique opportunity is funded by the Hive Digital Media Learning Fund in The New York Community Trust. There is a $10 materials fee, but scholarships are available. 

Coming up Next Month:  Tue, Feb 26!
WebVisions ( is offering a free, all-day Arduino workshop for High School students on Tuesday, February 26th at Theatre for the New City.   Arduino is an open-source electronics prototyping platform based on flexible, easy-to-use hardware and software. Students will work with tech experts to learn about circuitry, robotics and programming, and build a robot that follows a course that the students create.  
WebVisions is held in four cities around the globe, and our goal is to offer students a fun opportunity to learn about technology and programming and interact with tech experts and leaders who are active in mentoring and training programs.  Qualifying participants must be enrolled in high school and have at least a 2.0 GPA. We will work with your school to ensure an excused absence for the day. Sign-up by contacting Jennifer Jones ( at 503-230-2058.

This week at UAG

Wed-Thurs:  GOLD + Clubs as usual - except Stoked!  Back in mid-January
Fri:  MOTH Info Session, Room 720 @ LUNCH, featuring MOTH staff on how you can be or become a master storyteller with our Spring StorySlam
Friday Afterschool:  GOLD only + Baby Buggy Volunteering, assembling parenting and supply packs - leave from school at 2:30pm, end at 5pm.  Permission slip required - see Mr. Rigney!

Student Opportunities

Register now! for Jan 15-17 Digital Storytelling Workshop with MOUSE/ LAMP at Lower East Side Prep, 145 Stanton St - spaces fill quickly.  You don't have to be IN our Mouse Squad to attend!  Learn Mozilla Popcorn Maker and change the way you tell stories online!

Ongoing!  Global Kids Play for Keeps (P4K) Program.  Play and Create Games on Wednesdays, 4-6pm, 137 E 25th St, 2nd Fl (between Lexington and 3rd Ave).  RSVP to  Tool: Stencyl

  • 1/15:   Sign up a team for eCybermission at, a contest for our 9th Grade students sponsored by the US Army
  • MMO 3.0 Club Info Session, 1/17 and 1/18 at Lunch,  Rm 738.  Play League of Legends, WoW and other online massive multiplayer games - don't miss this NEW SPRING CLUB!
  • 1/18: Deadline for C-Span Student Documentary Competition - $5000.00 Award!  See contest rules at
  • 1/24:  Deadline to submit a logo for the UAG Running Club t-shirt!  See Mr. Maloney for an application during GOLD (Rm 745).
  • 1/25:  Deadline for Whitney Museum Spring Youth Insights Program - artists and writers apply (10th Grade and up)
  • 1/29: Deadline for TASC ExpandedEd Options Spring Apprenticeships/Summer Paid Interships - SOPHOMORES only.  Applications available outside Main Office 
  • 1/29:  Deadline to apply for Bronx Loaf Writers Conference, 
  • a three day event dedicated to giving students from the Urban Assembly an opportunity to immerse themselves in the craft of creative writing. Modeled after Bread Loaf, the most well respected writers ' conference in the country, students will work closely with a professional writer in their genre of choice, make connections other serious young writers, and attend a series of readings and lectures. The conference will be held over the course of three days from Thursday, April 18th to Saturday, April 20th at the Bronx Academy of Letters. All meals will be provided from Thursday to Friday (3 breakfasts and 3 lunches)
  • Over the course of three days students will:
    • Participate in writing workshops led by professional writers
    • Attend multiple public readings
    • Enjoy several opportunities to read their own work in front of a live audience • Ample time to make connections with fellow writers

    To be selected for Bronx Loaf, students should submit two pieces of writing in the same genre. Students should select work they are proud of and feel best represents them. All submissions should be emailed to Christian Clarke at by January 29th, 2013.  Application:     (Be advised that there is a follow-up application form, and a $25 program fee.) 

    2/6: Deadline for Exeter Summer Program Applications (talk to Ms. Hogarty if you have not already received pre-approved application and instructions).

    2/13:  Deadline for Citizens Committee for Children YouthAction Leadership Course (meets Mondays, 4-7pm starting March 4).  Learn more and Apply Now!

    2/22:  Deadline for Princeton Summer Journalism Program

    3/1:  Deadline for Future Latino Leaders Law Camp - Summer 2013


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