are doing STEM projects while learning how to collaboratively solve problems. Some projects we’ve done include making automatons, building a wind turbine, playing with snap circuits, and building a car that runs on rechargeable (by wind power) batteries.
In this picture, my middle school STEMmers are experimenting with a bubble frame they built.
They had to measure, cut, drill, and assemble the PVC pipe with other materials according to written directions from Exploratorium. Here they are verbally problem solving with each other to determine why the bubble solution is not working as expected and figure out that the solution has to set over night.
Their persistence, curiosity, and teamwork never cease to amaze me!
My STEM students have been flourishing and are hungry for more projects. While attending a week long conference for computer science teachers this summer, I was introduced to BBC’s microbit. In a one hour workshop, I was able to program the microbit to display a heart, music note, happy face, and other images. I was able to connect a speaker and code for different music to play. I made it count down and add numbers.
My success was enough to change my fear of coding in to excitement for how I’m going to share this with my STEM class!
My students are craving growth and I believe coding is the next step for them. Speaking to them about the possibility of programming microbits has them full of anticipation and enthusiasm.
With your donation towards our microbits you will be helping to inspire future computer scientists, engineers, artists, mathematicians, entrepreneurs, and philanthropists.
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