Students Learn to Try, Try Again in Bluffton High School’s Robotics Class

by Paula McKibben   We all had one. Remember that teacher that you had who told you that you could do better and suggested you do the assignment over again. Ugh! You didn’t really want to do it the first time, let alone the second time. Well, Bluffton High School has a class where students start assignments over, from the beginning, because they don’t get the results that they want. Voluntarily. Welcome to Robotics I.

BAMA to Host a Poverty Simulation

   What would it be like to live in poverty for one month? The Bluffton Area Ministerial Association (BAMA) will host a poverty simulation from 9 a.m. until noon on Saturday, April 11, at Burky Gym on the Bluffton University campus. Light refreshments will be served.
   “We want to invite the local community to come out and experience a life that may be different from their own,” said Rev. Jeremy Mann, pastor at Emmanuel Church of Christ in Bluffton, and a member of BAMA. “This will help us all gain a better understanding for the realities faced by everyday people who are struggling to make ends meet.”

Brain Builders Club Battles Boredom

   Are you a kindergartner through fifth grader who is bored after school? The Bluffton Public Library can help with that. Join the Brain Builders Club that meets from 4-5 p.m. every other Thursday through May 7. Dates coming up are April 2, 16, and 30, and May 7.
   Students are given an assignment and discuss or are shown different methods of accomplishing the task using Legos and other materials. So far students have built mazes, zipline contraptions, and boats that were not supposed to sink until they held 100 pennies. Within the hour, students are usually able to complete three projects.

Bluffton Center for Entrepreneurs Announces 2015 Ropp Triplett Business Plan Competition Winners

   Beth Bish, owner of Bluffton Pediatrics, LLC, is the first-place winner in the Bluffton Center for Entrepreneurs 2015 Ropp Triplett Business Plan Competition, according to Brendon Matthews, BCE board president. This is the sixth year for the competition named in honor of former Bluffton entrepreneur, Ropp Triplett.
   First place receives $4,000 in business-start up costs that may be spent over the next 18 months.
   Alice Essinger, owner of Fresh Modern Fabrics, Bluffton, is second place winner and recipient of $1,500 in business start-up costs.
   Melinda Bowden, owner of 315 Walnut, Bluffton, is third place winner and recipient of $500 in business start-up costs.

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