Henrico team advances to state robotics championship
Members of Glen Allen High School’s “Teal Tornadoes” robotics team won top honors Jan. 14 at the FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) Eastern Virginia Qualifying Tournament in Norfolk.
The team finished with top tournament scores and also won the “Inspire Award,” recognizing it for exceptional performance on and off the field of competition. The Teal Tornadoes will participate in the FTC Virginia Championship March 3 in Richmond.
Pictured here, left to right, are: first row kneeling – Caitlyn Edgerton, Katherine Spare, Leah Eaheart, Alex Vliet, Micheal Hollier; second row – Shelby Evans, Ryan Winslow, Zach Hayworth (mentor), Kevin Williams, Liam Alleyne, Jalin Gordon, Celine Tran, Ashley Slattery; third row – Matt Cotton (mentor) Alex Curfman (mentor), Bryce Ramdeo, Dave Hawes (mentor), David Williams, Jacob Risser, Natthasarm Saensaeng, Jason Sterlace (coach), Douha Rhee (in robot costume), Sahir Shehzad, Carol Edelman (coach).
FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is an international organization with the ambitious mission of transforming modern culture by celebrating science and technology. For more information, visit http://www.virginiafirst.org.
The 10th Annual Filipino Festival will be held Aug. 7-8 at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 8200 Woodman Rd., beginning with opening ceremonies at 5 p.m. Friday and continuing with live entertainment, food and exhibits until 10 p.m. On Saturday the festival will take place from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. with a full schedule of performances featuring traditional Filipino dance, music and song.
Filipino cuisine, including BBQ, pansit, lumpia, adobo, halo-halo, lechon, empanada and leche flan, will be available for purchase. The festival will also feature a children's area, church tours, exhibits, and health screenings. > Read more.
The Children’s Museum of Richmond last week opened its new Short Pump location at Short Pump Town Center, to the delight of children who attended a sneak preview of the location July 10. The new facility, located under the forthcoming LL Bean store (formerly the food court) is 8,500 square feet in size – much larger than CMoR’s former Short Pump location at West Broad Village, which opened in 2010. The new space includes The CarMax Foundation Service Station, the Silver Diner, a grocery store, a performance stage and an art studio, as well as a giant Light Bright Wall. > Read more.
Spinoff is predictably silly, devoid of plot
In Minions, those jibberjabbering little corncob things from Despicable Me have finally earned their own feature film. Specifically, three of them: Kevin (tall), Stuart (plays the ukulele) and Bob (loves his teddy bear), all voiced by co-director Pierre Coffin.
After tracing the evolution of Minionkind – we don’t know what they are, but we know they’re hardwired to serve the baddest villain around – our three Minion heroes set off upon a quest to save their species and find the newest, nastiest villain overlord. > Read more.
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CalendarLewis Ginter Botanical Garden, 1800 Lakeside Ave., will present Flowers After 5 on Thursday evenings through August. Stroll through the gardens, enjoy live music from Triple Crossing Jazz Project, family… Full text