MY EXPERIENCE WITH SPORTS

Since I was little I have tried a lot of different sports but not all of them were good for me.

I remember when I was four or five years old I tried swimming, at first I liked it but as I grow older I only like swimming in summer.

Also I have tried a lot of team sports like tennis, which I don’t like to play but I like watching it on TV; baseball, which I like playing but I’m so bad at batting the ball; volleyball, which I love playing but after playing my hands arms hurt so much. And I have tried football too but I don’t like playing it and I don’t even like watching it on TV.

Now I’m doing yoga, I started doing yoga three years ago and I love it! I totally recommend it because it is relaxing at the same time you are doing exercise.

I think everybody should do some sport at least twice a week because it helps your health a lot.

I have already tried a lot of sports but sports are so important and I need to try more sports until I find the one for me.

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FIRST LEGO LEAGUE COVARROB

Some of the students of our High School, Alonso de Covarrubias, went to the UCLMFFL to participate in the International competition of robotics, First Lego League.

This competition consists in three different dynamic steps. Firstly, we had to present the scientific project that was related to animals and technology; we decided to make it about rabbits overpopulation in our area. The second part was, in our opinion, the most interesting, exciting and cooperative part, the technological project about robots; this part consists in programming and designing the robot with the intention of passing and overcoming several tests and levels. The last one, was the principles test, we had to make a project about the values we have learned each day with our mates in the mentioned tests.

Our team was made by nine students: Pablo, Mario, Andrés, Sergio, David, Sergio, Juanto, Alex, María and Daniel, who was the coach of the team. Each one had a different task. Everyone helped in each part but there were different groups for each test. Pablo, Mario and María focused on the project of the robot, while the others focused more on the scientific and the values part.

We started in January and it only took us one month to complete it. This was our main problem because we didn´t have any basics in this knowledge of robotics, we had never worked on this topic or subject. If we had started earlier, we might have won; despite these difficulties we got a high position in the competition in general. We are satisfied with our position but we think that we could have won the competition.

The day of the competition all the team was so nervous. There were lots of people in the event, all surprised about what we were doing. It looks easy but it has an enormous preparation and lot of time invested on it.

At the end, we completed all the tests with success and we got the 2nd position. To be the first year we have participated in the competition we think we got a meritorious result. Next year we will try to win the competition and go to the nationals.

Enlace hacia “traeiler covarrob” : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l8eDh_fiFio

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WE SHOULDN´T UNDERSTIMATE ANYBODY

I have get this article from a Facebook video and it has 1,5 millions of views.Luis is a 63 years old colombian farmer.

He easily climbs up a mountain road in an old bike. Two europeans triathletes, Axel Carrión and Andreas Fabricus, have taken travelling throught 5 sudamerican countries in 58 days as a purpose.The farmer was coming back from work, was riding in an old  bike when he found them. The farmer got to overcome to the cycling professionals in the way up between Dodelba and Antiorquía he dit it without any effort. He was wearing jeans and carrying a sack full of potatoes.In the video you can listen Alex Carrión saying “ he is stronger than us” , before admiting the man was leaving in a bad place.

The sporstmen spoke with the man and he admitted that he travels every days 10 km with a 200m climb. The triathletes try to justify themselves saying that they were tired due to the extreme heat and they had tavelled 200 km.

As if the farmer had been sitting all day long. He was older and he had been working all day carrying a sack.

 

Work done by: Laura Cadierno Barajas.  3ºA

Madrid

MADRID

Madrid is the capital city of Spain, and it’s located in the center of the Iberian Peninsula.
It’s a cosmopolitan city which combines the most modern buildings a huge cultural heritage, legated from years of thrilling history.

In Madrid you can find different kinds of entertainment: There are some museums such as Reina Sofia, Thyssen and the most important one, El Prado. You can also see some historical buildings such as “El Palacio Real”. If you go to Madrid a visit to the emblematic parks and squares such as the “Plaza Mayor” and “El Retiro” is a must.
THE CENTER OF MADRID: “PUERTA DEL SOL”

La Puerta Del Sol is one of the most popular and busiest places in Madrid. This is the center of the radial network of Spanish roads, that is, it shows the km 0. Moreover, it contains the famous clock which marks the traditional eating of the twelve grapes in New Year.

El Oso y El Madroño”


It is the most famous symbol of Madrid and it has been the emblem of the city from the middle Ages. It is a 20 ton statue of a bear eating fruits from a tree.


“EL RETIRO”
El Retiro is the most important park in Madrid since it was opened in 1868. Here, there are many zones to visit and activities to enjoy with; since going for a walk to have a nice trip on boat.
Here, you can find different zones or areas, the busiest one is THE POND , were you can rent a boat to go for a rowing trip in the pond with your friends or, as it’s very typical, with your boyfriend or girlfriend.

“LA GRAN VÍA”

Gran Vía, without any doubts is the most important street of Madrid, where you can find many people at any time of the day. Some time ago, when it was full of cinemas and theatres, it was known as Madrid’s Broadway.

PRADO MUSEUM

The Prado Museum is the most important museum not only of Madrid, but also of Spain. It was founded by King Ferdinand VII in 1819. Here we can find the largest collection of Velázquez, Goya and Rubens in the world. It includes several of the great masterpieces of European painting, such as “El caballero de la mano en el pecho” by El Greco, Velázquez’s Meninas, and “The Second of May 1808” by Goya.
It also includes collections of ancient sculpture, decorative arts, drawings, photographs…

          

Wonder

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BOOK INFORMATION:
Title: Wonder
Spanish title: La lección de August
Author: R. J Palacio
Nº pages: 320/420
Editorial: Nube de tinta
Approximate price: 14,95€
Spanish SBN: 9788415594024
 
My name is August.
I won’t describe what I look like.
Whatever you’re thinking,
It’s probably worse.
“Has the power to move hearts and change minds” – Guardian
“It’s well writing, engaging, and so much fun to read that the pages almost turn themselves. More than that, Wonder touches the heart in the most life-affirming, unexpected way, delivering in August Pullman a character whom readers will remember forever. Do yourself a favour and read this book – your life will be better for it” – Nicholas Sparks
“A powerful read… Likely to become a huge hit with readers of all ages” – Stylist
August Pullman was born with a facial deformity that prevented him from going to a mainstream school until now. He started 5thgrade at Beecher Prep where nobody had ever seen anything similar to August’s face and this makes more difficult his adaptation.
In this book you can find how difficult the life is when you are a bit different from the rest of the people. You instantly love August, he is a really sweet and cute boy, he is normal but only a few people can see the real August under his face
I don’t want to say so much about this book because I think that its real secret is hidden under its reading and so discover the hard of the life and obviously, think about bullying in the schools. I believe that this story would be perfect for our classes.

Grand generals of History

Throughout history, tens of generals have reached fame. Alexander the Great, Julius Caesar, George Washington… however, today I´m going to show you the success of some generals that most of the people don´t know about…
 
Flavius Aetius, “the last of the Romans”
Flavius Aetius depicted in marble
Probably you don´t know him, however Aetius is one of the most important general not only of the Roman Empire, but of history. He defended the Western Roman Empire against different barbaric tribes such as the Huns, the Burgundians or the Visigoths.
But he will be always remembered because of his victory against Attila, the king of the Huns, in the battle of the Catalaunian Plains.
Also, he fought in Spain and Italy (especially in this last one, where he defeated the Huns once and for all).
 
The troops of Aetius described in a medieval book
He was known because of the order he followed during battles. The vanguard was formed by relatively weak troops (usually recruited among the barbaric tribes) and the rearguard was formed by the true Roman army, which used to finish off the enemy after the offensive of the vanguard.
Flavius Aetius died in 454 when the Western Roman Emperor, Valentinian III, assassinated him thinking that Aetius wanted to reclaim the Roman throne.
 
Belisarius
Belisarius depicted in a mosaic 
Belisarius was a Byzantine general whose success is almost forgotten by our society. But despite his situation in our books, he is recognised by the historians as one of the greatest generals ever.
 
He defeated the Vandals in North Africa, the Ostrogoths in Italy and the Sassanid Empire in today´s Iraq. And thanks to his actions the Byzantine Empire was able to invade southern Spain and Armenia.
The victories of Belisarius were always heroic because normally he had fewer resources than his enemies, especially in his campaign of Italy, where the almost complete absence of imperial support forced him to adopt defensive strategies against the Ostrogoths.
A Byzantine picture depicting the troops of Belisarius
The tactics of Belisarius were very modern for his time. He started to use advanced cavalry, which gradually would became the nucleus of the Byzantine army, and was almost obsessed with the idea of an agile army.
Belisarius died in 565 after defending Constantinople against the Bulgars in 559 and having restored the glory of the Roman Empire. Unfortunately, the territories which Belisarius conquered wouldn´t last so much time.
 
Gustav II Adolf of Sweden, “the lion of the north”
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Gustav II Adolf is considered as one of the greatest kings of Swedish history. He led Sweden to the supremacy in northern Europe by defeating Poland and the Holy Roman Empire (a confederation of kingdoms in modern day Germany).
At first, he defeated Poland because he wanted Sweden to dominate the entire Baltic Sea. Poland didn´t offer so much resistance because of the superiority of the Swedish troops, which won even after the arrival of German troops.
Gustav II Adolf and his army landing in Germany
After that, Gustav II Adolf had a walk through Germany. Despite the efforts of the Holy Roman Empire and its powerful allies (such as Austria or Spain), the Swedish army won most of the battles and occupied large areas of modern day Germany.
 
The armies of Gustav II Adolf were successful because of the moral of the troops. In the army of Gustav there wasn´t any privileges for anyone. The cavalry, the infantry and the artillery were in the same conditions, not like in other countries (like Spain) where the cavalry used to be the elite.
Gustav II Adolf died in 1632 during the battle of Lützen. He charged against the enemy but was surrounded by them; he died fighting in the first line. During that same battle, when the Swedish troops knew that their king was dead, they charged furiously against the imperial troops, winning the last battle of Gustav II Adolf.
 
Erwin Rommel, “the desert Fox”
Erwin Rommel in his personal tank
And we end with the general who is considered as the best field marshal of the Second World War. Rommel is known because of his African campaign, leading the Afrika Korps, but Erwin Rommel did much more than this.
He fought in the First World War, where he used to execute risky but successful movements against the enemy trenches. Rommel fought in France, Romania and Italy during that conflict.
Before the Second World War, Rommel was appointed as the commander of the Hitler´s personal guard. The Nazi leader, following the desires of Rommel, created a Panzer division for Erwin and sent it to France in 1940, where Rommel´s division achieved a number of very important victories against the Allies by using the famous Blitzkrieg strategy.
The Afrika Korps advancing in Libya
In 1941, Rommel was sent to Libya to organise the weak Italian troops. Knowing that these troops wouldn´t defeat the British, Germany went into action and Rommel received an army to defeat the British dominions. He almost conquered North Africa, but the lack of supplies from Europe forced Rommel to retreat and finally capitulate..
His last battle was in Normandy, where he couldn´t stop the Allie offensive because Hitler refused to move the French divisions. 
 
Rommel was famous not only because of the agility of his army, but also because he refused to kill innocent people. Rommel didn´t believe in the anti-Semitic convictions of the Nazi party, something palpable in his own army, where there was not only German soldiers but also soldiers from North Africa, India or Italy. The moral of his troops was also high because Rommel used to be in the first line observing the battlefield by himself, and talking to his soldiers to know the situation of the troops.
Erwin Rommel died in 1944 when he was forced to commit suicide after being implicated in the plot against Hitler known as Valkiria. 

Arduino and our High School

The students of 4th course of Technology have been playing around with Robotics using the Arduino board. First of all what is Arduino? Arduino is an open-source computer hardware and software company that provides several boards (as in the figure1), with different features. The key aspect of the boards is that they have digital and analog pines that we can use as inputs or outputs for reading and writing sensors, motors, LEDs . Arduino provides also an integrated development environment (IDE) for programming in a computer language. With the creativity of the students, the Arduino board, some sensors (like infrared and ultrasonic), some toy-motors and some electronics stuff you can create robots and automatic toys. Our projects have been 3 robots: A line follower, a robot that follows a black line, Laserbot a robot which starts moving when it receives the light of a laser and a robot that avoids obstacles using 2 sensors: an ultrasonic sensor for detecting objects and a nose with whiskers (made with the joystick of a videoconsole) (figures 2,3,4)

The Technology Department encourages the students of 3º course with enthusiasm in computers and technology to choose the subject of technology for 4º course because they would enjoy working with Arduino.

PICTURES OF OUR STUDENTS’ PROJECTS