Spring 2017 Grants
Classroom Engineering and Architectural Drafting Tools
Students in the STEM Physics class at HHS will use new engineering and architectural drafting supplies to design blueprints of and then create, test, modify then retest their own prototypes of cars, radios, planes, bridges and alternative energy sources. Many of these students will then use the innovations they have learned from this STEM class in other classes or clubs like Science Olympiad and Robotics.
Full STEAM Ahead with Ozobot Bit
The Ozobot Bit is a miniature robotic device that encourages student participation in computer science, coding, and STEAM activities. During the after-school robotics club at Chatham Park, students will create OzoCodes to facilitate the movement of the robot through user generated mazes and challenges. After an initial introduction to coding, students can begin devising line-based programming with Ozobot and progress to building code commands with the block-like interface of OzoBlockly. Once students have mastered color codes and blocks, they will advance to creating their own coding pathways. Ozobot Bit also fosters problem-solving skills and collaborative innovations.
Random Acts of Science
To expand learning even into the hallways, some display cases at HHS will get interactive science exhibits with buttons on the outside of the glass that make things happen! Buttons may cause an object to fall and start a chain reaction … or turn on a pump that fills a container with water or ultraviolet light to demonstrate a scientific principal. With each of these events, students can predict an outcome then actually test that prediction. These interactive demonstrations would be changed regularly to keep students thinking about science while outside the classroom.
Ready, Set, Program! Learning with Blue-Bots
Lynnewood students will learn programming with Blue-Bots – small robots children can program and control from a tablet, a PC, a TacTile Reader. Blue-Bots teach children sequencing, directionality, problem-solving, counting, and estimation. They are a fantastic way to build the students’ STEM skills while also having fun. The possibilities of how to use these robots to enhance the curriculum are endless.