Magellan Science

Advancement of Science and Technology in Schools


Welcome to Magellan Science

Magellan Science is a non-profit that supports programs to advance science and technology in elementry, middle, and high school systems.  Our current focus is with several public, charter and private schools in Wake County, North Carolina.  We hope to expand our focus to the greater Research Triangle Park area of North Carolina in future years.

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Magellan NXT Robotics Education

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NXT Robotic education teaches students grades 4-8th how to design, build and program robots based on the LEGO Mindstorm Robotic Invention kit.  This educational course is designed to prepare students for participation in the First LEGO League (FLL) program.  Several different courses are taught and include:  Introduction To NXT Robotics, Intermediate NXT Design, Intermediate NXT Construction, Intermediate NXT Programming, Advanced Programming, Advanced NXT Construction and a Progressive Task Challenge.

These courses available to public, charter, private and home schools.

Magellan Robotics - FIRST LEGO League (FLL)

Magellan Science staff coaches FLL teams which participate in the FLL regional, state and international challenges.  Our staff also coaches individual groups that work on the FLL tasks.

Magellan Science Festival has become

The NC Science Challenge

Magellan Science Festival has become the NC Science Challenge which hosts scientific, engineering and mathematical activities and competitions for school age students.  Its goal is to expose students to the fascination of science, engineering and mathematics.  Students can participate in as many activities as they are interested in.  Activities include bridge building, egg drop protection, NXT robotic challenge, and may others.  

Magellan Science Classroom

A series of classroom activities are under development.  The first activities became available in Spring of 2009. 

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2012 World Festival

Magellan Mariners - Wharf Rats participate in the 2012 World Festival.  They had the chance to meet other students from around the world!  At the event, they received the 1st Place Innovation & Strategy Award for their robust robot design and advanced programming.  During the practice rounds their robotic performance score was ranked 2nd with a 10th ranking during final rounds.  The team was very pleased with their performance. 

The also were asked if several local teams could stop by to see their robot.  The team welcomed them and showed them how they do multiple tasks in a single run.

Congratulations to all the teams.  It is an honor to be there!

2012 NC State Tournament

The Magellan Mariners, Wharf Rats and Scurvy Dogs particpated in the 2012 NC State Torunement.  The Wharf Rats earnd a wopping 289 points!  The Scurvy Dogs earned top honors with the third highest robotic performance score!  The Scurvy Dogs also received an honorable mention award for programming.

The Wharf Rats won the 1st Place Performance Award and the 1st Place Champions Award, earning them the right to go onto the World Championship where they will compete against teams from all over the world.

Congratulations to both Magellan Mariner robotic teams!

The Magellan Science Festival has become the NC Science Challenge

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From 2009 Fall FLL

Magellan Mariners earn the first 400 perfect score in NC History wining 1st place performance and 1st place teamwork at NC Regionals.

Magellan Mariners Warf Rats and Scurvey Dogs Video

Magellan Mariners wish the Microbots success at the US Open in Dayton, OH.

Microbots/Magellan Mariners

Microbots Share Magellan Mariner Story

Microbots/Magellan Mariners

 Mariners in the News

From 2008 Fall NC FLL Young Engineers-to-be Build LEGO Robots - Video Saturday, 06 Dec 2008, 8:20 PM EST GREENSBORO, N.C. (WGHP) – Better engineering through LEGOs plastic blocks was the goal at the Greensboro Coliseum Saturday. North Carolina A&T State University's College of Engineering hosted the fifth annual LEGO League Championship. Eighty teams of ten faced the mission of building a robot that could perform tasks.


Magellan Mariners Take 1st Place Performance and 1st Place Robotic Design

From 2008 Fall NC FLL>

Two teams, Magellan Mariners and Magellan Mariners Too, from The Magellan Charter School participated in the North Carolina First Lego League in Greensboro, NC Saturday December 6th.  The Magellan Mariners earn the first place performance for the tournament’s high score of 305.  The Magellan Mariners Too, a first year team, earned a performance score that put them in 6th place.  Teams from all over North Carolina participated in this event allowing teams to met each other and share their experience and cheer on each other. 

Gracious Professionalism - The Magellan Charter School hosts Home School Team 

In the spirit of gracious professionalism, Magellan Charter School host a first year home schooled FLL team from Raleigh, NC.  The team, composed on 6 students, joined us in our own mini-tournament.  The Magellan students shared their insights into the Climate Connection game challenge.  As a first year team, observing a more experienced team provided many learning’s about the game and the FLL program.

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