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Mr. Hamilton from Houston TX is requesting Computers & Tablets through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Drones and Arduino Robots Will Help This STEM Class Soar

Help me give my students drones and Arduino-based robots to soar higher in our Robotics II class.

  • $812 goal

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My Students

Project-based learning is not just a buzz phrase at our school. Students in my Robotics classes are empowered with voice and choice in the design and execution of their projects.

Teamwork and collaboration are the hallmarks of my Robotics students.

Each team works together to create robots that solve real-world problems. For example, the current lesson asks teams to build and program a robot for the elderly using the VEX Robotics platform. The students have responded by building an automated pill dispenser, an electronic walking stick, a mail retrieval system and a security robot for the elderly. Each team will also create an oral and visual presentation of their final product and present it to an audience that includes parents and local industry professionals.

Our diverse student body is 22% African American, 58% Hispanic, 12% Caucasian, and 4% Asian. Fifty-eight % of our students are on the Free Lunch program and 69% are economically disadvantaged.


My Project

The Valedictorian from last year's graduating class spoke of her heartbreak from completely losing her home to Hurricane Harvey. As a magnet school, our students come from all across the Houston area and many have family and friends that were traumatized by the storm. Some of these families are still recovering from the loss of property and possessions.

We added the drone and Arduino units because we want to prepare our students for technologies of the future.

Both of these units represent technologies undergoing a high level of innovation and areas that are creating exciting new job opportunities. Students will build the robots, program them with C-based code and compete in classroom and district-wide competitions.

With the addition of Arduino-based robots, students will be required to make design decisions and solve construction problems under new and different constraints. With the addition of drones, students will learn to integrate a variety of skills that include learning to fly the drones, as well as designing and 3D printing their own drones. Our goal is to prepare students to think on their feet and be prepared for a world of technological change and innovation

The drone lessons will include teaching students about safety considerations, industry regulations, industrial applications, flight control systems and autonomous programming. The Arduino lessons will extend the students' knowledge into wiring and electronics for open-source microprocessors and into using C-based programming with sensors for line tracking, sound detection and obstacle avoidance.

Mr. Hamilton
Grades 9-12
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Elegoo EL-KIT-012 UNO Project Smart Robot Car Kit V 3.0 with UNO R3, Line Tracking Module, Ultrasonic Sensor, Bluetooth Module • Amazon Business $69.98 5 $349.90
DBPOWER X400W FPV RC Quadcopter Drone with WiFi Camera Live Video One Key Return Function Headless Mode 2.4GHz 4 Chanel 6 Axis Gyro RTF, Compatible with 3D VR Headset • Amazon Business $49.99 6 $299.94

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