Chiaw Eei Ng Gibson & Jonathan Gibson Grant: Mindstorming Computer Science

  • School Year: 2016-2017
  • Applicants: Michael McCarthy, Lead Teacher Jackie Corricelli
  • School: Conard High School
  • Subjects: Math, Technology

Inspired by WALL-E and the growing use of robots in manufacturing, this STEM grant will fund the purchase of six LEGO Mindstorm EV3 robot kits for use by lucky students in grades 10, 11 and 12 enrolled in computer science courses at Conard High School. The goal of this course is to appeal to all students including underrepresented minorities in the field of computer science. Students will use these robot kits, which come with voice and sensor capabilities, during the last unit of the yearlong course in which they will explore robotics. Over the course of 45 days, students will be introduced to these kits and be able to design, create and program their very own robots. Students will explore what a robot is and ow to determine what makes something a robot. Students will write their own programs to get their robots to literally dance, play Tic-Tack-Toe and perform rescue efforts. Students will need to complete a final project and then present their report to other students. The robot kits will be a perfect culmination and reward for these students who have worked hard for a year. The hope is that several of these students will be truly inspired to continue to develop their interest and spark the endless possibilities that exist in the fields of computer science and robotics.

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