We need 7 beginner robotics kits. We need 2 LEGO STORM Robots.
Octavio and his STEM/STEAM Club members are trying Robotics for the first time. They are looking for a challenge. They have visited the Greenfield Community Science Workshop in our small town to build/create many projects, but none have involved computers, software engineering, and robotics.
The students at our Middle School are in their first year of implementation of the integrated version of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). They were excited to find out that at the Monterey County Science and Engineering Fair in March, students will be interviewed by Scientists and Engineers and get to ask questions of them, as well. But, teachers are too overwhelmed by brand new curriculum and standards to worry about planning and running a successful science club so that students could qualify for the county fair. Students came up with the idea of an after school club, with STEM and STEAM as a theme. They joined the Club because they knew it was about engineering and they wanted to learn more about robotics. They are curious about self driving cars, and have ideas about how things move. They want to know how to program things with a computer instead of just buying programmed games and things.
Because STEM/STEAM is the way of the future, these students will be on the fast track to preparedness for college and career readiness. Some of these students got the chance to visit the Mobile Oilfield Learning Unit that came to Greenfield, sponsored by Chevron. The robotic arm of the representations of the ROV/Remotely Operated Vehicle was by far the biggest hit of the exhibit. This immediately sparked a multitude of interest in robotics. Something they thought was confined to the fantasy world of movies and fiction became useful and real. The students in the club have been working together as teams to engineer bridges, simple machines, gears and pulleys. They have developed the art of a collaborative conversation to move through the engineering design plan. They are on their way to thinking, talking and acting like engineers.
To be the future engineers to help this world, we need skills in programming, computers, software, engineering and robotics. We are masters of the video game but we want to bring our skills to the real world. No one else takes middle school seriously but us. Our goal is to focus on skills that we need for our future. Our moms say if we spend as much time on our future as we do on video games, we will be very successful engineers! We need the materials to accomplish this goal.
We already saw videos on what the beginning robotics kits can do. They have sensors that the kid in the video has programmed, so the lever of the bridge goes up when an object is next to the sensor. We have seen that when your car drives out of a parking garage or when you walk in to a department store. We want to know how that is done. We think other kids in other towns have the opportunity to understand how this happens and we want to know this and do this, as well. We will try our best!
It is important to show others that learning is very important to accomplish big things, and that anything is possible. It isn't easy to be a student in our school because we don't go on field trips, we don't have a lot of supplies, and student attention span around us is very short. There are many behavior problems and those kids ruin it for anyone. Teachers have to spend time with those students. It makes our school look bad. We want to represent our community and be the voice of Greenfield!
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|Fischertechnik Robotics Beginner Set • Kaplan Early Learning Company||$179.31||7||$1,255.17|
|LEGO(r) Mindstorms EV3 (31313) • Kaplan Early Learning Company||$349.99||2||$699.98|
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