My students attend a public middle school nestled in a small historic town located along the coast of North Carolina. Our school serves a diverse population coming from many parts of the world and all walks of life. We have recently adopted a program to assist our students with building the skills and strategies needed to overcome obstacles and achieve success in their futures. With this program we are building collaborative strategies and increasing exposure to potential college and career options for our students.
My students have recently suffered a huge tragedy as we were caught in the direct path of hurricane Florence - and they are the true definition of resilience.
Our community as a whole has suffered tremendous loss with many of our students being displaced from their homes and losing most of their possessions. While we work to rebuild and find a sense of normalcy, students are eager to return to classes and have shown a huge amount of compassion for their fellow classmates. Many of our school, staff and student resources have been lost, but it has not slowed down our drive for success or desire to accomplish our goals.
We have recently added a set of Sphero robots to our classroom and my students can't get enough of them! We are looking to add a new variable to our experiments and would like to be able to adjust the traction by adding covers to our Spheros.
The new covers would not only serve as protection for our robots but also inspire students to develop their own covers out of various materials to test during one of our STEM Challenge explorations.
By allowing students to conduct their own experiements with the addition of a protective cover, they will then be able to design new experiments and original prototypes that can achieve different results. This addition to the classroom will integrate robotics and programming into our science classroom with a new Engineering Design Challenge for my students.
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