APA Bubble Beast Returns and how you can help

APA Bubble Beast Returns and how you can help

Last Spring, a handful of APA teachers took a fresh swing at an old challenge:  how to motivate & prepare students for the ACT test?  And it was out of this riddle that the idea of Bubble Beast was born and piloted with the Junior Class of 2012-2013.    This year we are expanding the program to a a year-long Bubble Beast competition which

incorporates all 4 grade levels in which there are 6 teams of 35 with 7-10 students from each grade level. 


Competitions occur approximately every three weeks replacing class time with all-day or ½-day events which incorporate all school, grade-level, and sub team level meetings and activities. Competitions include a mixture of active challenges and paper/pencil activities. Points are awarded for meeting goals tied to the key metrics by which APA’s progress is monitored. 

You know that box of 150 key chains left over from last year’s trade show that sits in the back of your company’s storage closet taking up space?  Those little “eye catchers” make great add-ons to prize packages we award to students at the end of Bubble Beast Events. Mini flash lights, rulers, pens, bags with company logos, sunglasses, hats, puzzles, magnets, memory sticks, etc. We can make use these incentives and any financial donations to purchase supplies and snacks for student competitions.  Thank you for supporting this APA-school-wide initiative!  

Interior Design Project Complete!

Interior Design Project Complete!

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” -John Qunicy Adams  

This statement exemplifies the Manufacturing Connect Interior Design Project. Our desire was to make our offices more functional and fun for every student, parent, community member, MR and CPS staff.

Even with a tight budget, with the dedication and creativity of a small Interior Design Intern team from Columbia College, a small dedicated group of APA students and some wonderful engineers and custodians, our space is now complete with inspirational quotes painted on the ceiling, dry erase boards and desks, a super fun college area with computers and giant bean bags and so much more. 

On January 29th we had a reveal party and open house to welcome students, staff and neighbors into our new space. Looking forward to many more inspirational moments to come!