Tuesday, December 10th, 2019 at 7:24pm
Day 3 of our 7thGr @Sphero #robotics Boat challenge! Groups have begun testing and making modifications! Lots of changes being made to decrease weight, resistance and friction to squeeze out a little more speed and they’ll be ready for race day! Great work today!! @IS34 https://t.co/KxpTCMDfMx RussosRoom photo
Monday, December 9th, 2019 at 3:51pm
Our @IS34 7thGr #STEM #makers are constructing their @Sphero boats today! Lots of great designs! We’re not ready just yet, but with some edits and simple engineering we’ll be all set for the race!! @SpheroEdu https://t.co/Uf8dQCfYMu RussosRoom photo
Wednesday, December 4th, 2019 at 4:12pm
Getting ready for our next #robotics activity w/ #Sphero! W/ over 15gal in each lane, using the #DesignLoop Ss will construct the fastest boat possible (w/ a sphero acting as the motor) to transport a passenger across the lane w/o getting wet! @SpheroEdu @IS34 #STEM #makerspace https://t.co/OCx3qTnleD RussosRoom photo
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“The traditional model is that the teacher imparts knowledge to the children, but if there aren’t enough teachers with the knowledge, why not let the kids teach themselves? Give them a basis to start with and let them try stuff out. There’s no getting stuck––only creativity in looking for the best path forward. The new generation is incredibly resourceful in finding information, and we as STEM facilitators need to aim in supporting them in whatever situation they encounter. Coding, designing, creating, building, discovering and troubleshooting are all parts of what it means to be in a STEM class. STEM isn’t about showing them how to do something, but empowering them with the right tools to create and discover it on their own.”

Mr. Russo