“We picked Jupiter because it’s the biggest planet and because we knew some interesting facts about it,” Anthony Pham explained. “It has lots of rings and lots of colors to it. Building the robots is kind of hard because you have to find the right pieces for it to come together. We’ll test it out to see if it could survive on Jupiter!”
The idea behind this comprehensive project is to help students see how technology connects with their other academic subjects.
“My overarching objective is to excite the students about engineering and technology,” Mr. Daley explained. “It has been a game changer in the level of success of some of my struggling students. For example, I had one student who initially refused to work with his partners and would not participate. Eventually, I was able to encourage him that he was a valued member of the team and he performed his role wonderfully. In his ticket-out-the-door assignment one day, he wrote: ‘In the past, I didn’t really like my role. But I realized it doesn’t matter what role you’re doing. It’s working together that matters.’ The hands-on, problem-solving and collaborative nature of the project makes for an engaging environment!”
Good luck to all of our new solar system and STEM experts… we can’t wait to hear how your planetary landings go! This is one of 20 projects funded by the SCSD Educational Foundation in 14 schools this year, totaling $53,000. Thank you to the Educational Foundation
for making projects like this possible!
To view a video of this grant project, created by ITC Media Communications teacher Jeff Newell and his students, click here >>>