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Fairmont Students Win 2015 MOONBOTS Challenge Presented by Google and XPRIZE

Fairmont Private Schools’ siblings Kamran and Nadia Ansari are part of one of four teams to win the 2015 MOONBOTS Challenge presented by Google and XPRIZE. Besting 235 teams from 29 countries, Team GalacTECHs, composed of Fairmont North Tustin Campus students’ Kamran (10) and Nadia (11), as well as teammates Rayyan (10) and Aleena Ali (8), impressed judges with a plan for safe and affordable lunar vacations. Later this month, the team will travel to the annual Google Lunar XPRIZE team summit in Tokyo, Japan, to officially compete against the other winning teams for a $30 million Google Lunar XPRIZE, a global competition to land a privately funded robot on the moon.
Phase one of the competition began in April with teams submitting a written or video entry about a theory or legend inspired by the moon. Based on these submissions, judges narrowed the competition to just 30 teams for phase two, which required teams to design, create, and program a robotic lunar mission simulation based on the team’s initial submission, then share their findings with the community.
Using a VEX IQ robotic platform, Team GalacTECHs built a mobile moon resort that would travel the moon’s surface, regulating temperature and preserving resources. Team GalacTECHs presented their innovation at “Rocket Fever” Day, hosted by the Columbia Space Center in Downey, and to the Boys and Girls Club of Santa Ana.

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Shelby Wagner - 1st Grade Teacher Fairmont Historic AnaheimTop Teacher & Skating Champion
Shelby “My favorite part of being a teacher is the children I get to teach.”
  • Is one of the head teachers for the Fountain Valley Artistic Skating Club, teaching regional and national champions. She also teaches beginner classes every Saturday morning.
  • Every year, her students are amazed to find that their teacher has a life outside of the classroom.
“I love feeling like I’m part of a family [at Fairmont].”
Keira Kamath - 5th Grade Fairmont Anaheim HillsScience & Tennis Superstar
keira “I like how there are so many different specialty classes at Fairmont Anaheim Hills, like art, music, PE, science lab, computer lab, and Spanish.”
  • She would like to be a professional tennis player when she grows up, or maybe a doctor.
  • Loves dance and plays the piano
  • Her favorite class is science “because you get to figure out stuff, and I like to do experiments.”
Nicholas Aghaian - 7th Grade Fairmont Historic AnaheimKicking His Way to Med School
nicolas“The teachers and the amount of support they provide to not only me, but to the whole entire community here at Fairmont is probably what I like most about attending Fairmont Historic Anaheim.”
  • He would like to be a professional soccer player, or a doctor specializing in the field of sports medicine.
  • Enjoys basketball, piano, and soccer pitch.
  • His favorite subject is math “because I like to be challenged, and math is full of challenges.”
Gianluca De Gregoris – 2nd Grade Fairmont North TustinDancing Toward Greatness
dancing"What I like most about Fairmont is that I get to learn and meet new friends.”
  • He wants to be a professional dancer when he grows up.
  • Is trained in ballet and ballroom dancing.
  • Loves writing and creating new stories.
Nicole Heyman - Kindergarten Teacher Fairmont Anaheim HillsLaying a Foundation for Lifelong Learning
Nicole "The best part about teaching at Fairmont is being able to work with a diverse group of students who are all incredibly talented. It is amazing to be able to challenge students at such a young age and watch these children grow throughout the year.”
  • Loves camping, reading, and traveling
  • Her students love learning random things about her – like the fact that when she was in kindergarten she wanted to be Spiderman when she grew up.
  • Her proudest moments are the times when a student on campus is excited to see her, oftentimes telling her that she’s “the best teacher in the world.” “I live for those moments.”
“I choose to teach at Fairmont because of the sense of community, as well as the drive for our students to succeed.”
DJ Clovis - Music Teacher Fairmont North TustinRunning to the Rhythm
DJ Clovis “I get to work with amazing staff, faculty, parents, and most importantly, students!”
  • Teaches music to all grades — from pre-kindergarten through 8th grade
  • Coaches (or has coached) football, basketball, and Run Club
  • Plays bass trombone
  • NJHS Conflict Resolution Coach
  • He has run 15 marathons and 4 ultra marathons.
“The best part of teaching at Fairmont is the autonomy — being able to create a program that fits all of my students. At Fairmont North Tustin, I get to help with a lot of different activities.”