Students were able to explore with iPad app powered robots. The sphero Bolts are sphere-shaped robots, that will move based on the code a student programs.
The easiest way to program these little balls of fun would be to use the draw feature. Students can simply design a pattern for the Bolt to follow using the grid.
Taking coding a step further, students are able to change the speed, direction, color, sound, light pattern and so much more using the programming blocks.
Middle school students are learning about how electricity works, and what an electrical engineer does on the job.
Students are also learning that electrical engineers are responsible for solving problems related to electricity. Electricity is a valuable resource that is still not available all over the world.
Introducing new terminology and asking challenging questions are helping students think outside the box and expand their knowledge-base on a seemingly simple, every day utility.
Students were able to work with a voltage meter to use a positive and a negative conductor to see if a piece of fruit would produce any electrical current. Several different types of batteries were also tested, and they learned that a AA battery has the same voltage as a D battery.
These students enjoyed working with a volt meter and seeing the differences side by side on a bar graph.
During the month of February, RCA middle school STEM students are working on building renovations. Students were given two scenarios, and had to choose which renovation they wanted to complete.
In addition to the scenarios, these students are learning about what it takes to get a building permit, draw blueprints, and why renovations can be more cost-effective than replacing the entire building.
Students are also learning about architecture and how the perfect renovation can brighten a city block and continue to be a functional building.
The first reno project is for an apartment building. The scenario discusses the concerns of residents, and just what needs to be fixed in order to be up to code to make the residents happy and safe.
The second option for the renovation project is a plaza square. The plaza shops need windows and doors replaced (or even added!), some roofs have caved in, and the buildings don't face the plaza center.
Students have chosen their renovation project and have completed the blueprints for the restorations. Next, they will build their renovation projects with the renovations completed.
Middle school students completed their projects and were awarded "building occupancy permits" which means their renovations were safe and they can allow people in their buildings! Great job!