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Monday April 3, 2017 at 2:20pm Age: 230 days
Category: High School, District

HIGH SCHOOL LIBRARY NOW OFFERS S.T.E.A.M. ACTIVITY CENTERS


New centers at the High School Media Center are a chance to explore 21st century challenges in Science, Technology/Robotics, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM). With STEAM careers in high demand, and growing exponentially each year, this new initiative is designed to prepare students for the career opportunities of an evolving job market.

 

In two robot centers, students use tiny robot blocks known as cubelets.  Each cubelet has a unique “sense” or “think” function and can be combined with others in a myriad ways to program different responses to things like light, sound, and motion.

 

What the students are saying…

 

  • "The Cubelets are fun and kind of addictive," said Quentin Long. “It is a good challenge to put them together!"
  • "It's addictive! After you start, you can't stop!” said Brook Sanchez. “It's like a puzzle you want to figure out."  
  • "The Cubelets are fun and challenge your brain!" said Yajaira Rosales.

 

At another center, students experiment with Lego Mindstorms EV3. This programmable robotics construction set allows students to build, program and command their own LEGO robots. They can create any of 17 robots and program them to walk, talk and move.

 

Another LEGO-based center contains all the building blocks to some of the world’s most iconic architectural wonders: New York City’s skyline, Capitol Building, Burj Khalifa, Eiffel Tower, Buckingham Palace, Trevi Fountain, the Louvre Museum, and more!

 

There is also an adult coloring station offering an activity that is proven to destress and relax. Perfect work off testing-related stress!

 

"Each month, we will introduce something new to keep the challenges fresh and stimulate our students to think critically, solve problems, design, build and program,” said Dolores Lombardo, high school media specialist. “I have a few robots waiting to come ‘alive’ including a robotic arm, a fuel-cell car, a roller-coaster, and even  an amusement park for our students to design, build and explore!"