NPEF STEM Grants
Jonathan Keaney, STEM Department Head.
STEM and Art Combined
The cutting edge and innovative technology of the 3D pens are being used in both the high and middle schools this year. In the new Middle School Digital Art and Design mod that focuses on the fundamentals of digital art techniques while using the design process to create physical models, students use computer applied programs including photoshop and CAD to plan and illustrate their projects and then build a final model using supplemental materials and the 3D pens.
In the Honors Biomedical Engineering at the high school. Students have been using the engineering design process in the Regenerative Medicine and Tissue Engineering unit. Students choose an organ of the body, used calipers and clay to create a 3D mold of the organ, and then used 3D pens to create a scaffold of their own artificial organ.
The 3D pens have been so well received, that an additional 3D pen grant has been submitted this year.
STEM - Bridge Building in the Classroom
Bridge building in the classroom truly enhances 21st Century STEM skills through an integrated, problem-solving approach. Students learn the engineering design process, how engineers work and the collaboration and innovation that goes into designing and building a complex structure that is used throughout the world every day.
The additional equipment provided by this grant allows students in Technology and Design to work in teams to design and build a Through Truss bridge and then test the effectiveness and efficiency of their design by adding weights to the bridge.
STEM - Robotics and The Space Challenge
Students in the redesigned Robotics mod have been using the engineering design process and their programming skills to solve a variety of design challenges involving the Lego Mindstorms EV3 robot and the Space Challenge kits, both provided by NPEF grants. Using block programming on both the iPads and desktops, students have been gradually building their understanding of programming skills and progressing towards creating a robot that can be used in a variety of space exploration tasks.
STEM - Engineering Perseverance
STEM - Alternative Energy and Solar Cars
STEM LEGO Education WeDo
The Mobile MakerSpace carts contain tools that elicit collaboration and unleash student creativity
STEM - Mobile MakerSpace Carts - Littlebits
STEM - Mobile MakerSpace Carts - Dash and Dots
- Second graders have been collaborating with Kindergarteners to program the Dash and Dots to complete a variety of tasks.
- Fifth graders use Dot in science to complete a variety of sound/light sequence tasks using the Blockly platform and then use the program they created to play games involving variables.
- Sixth graders program Dash to move throughout a set of coordinates as part of their math unit on graphing.
- Music students program Dash to create and play music on a xylophone.
- A number of Hour of Code activities involve programming either the Dash or Dot robots.
By introducing the framework for computer science and coding modular robotics this Dash and Dots Mobile MakerSpace carts guides the students through the world of coding and robotics, turning ideas into adventures!