Students are using Lynx Motion Robotics kits to solve real-life problems. They are engaged in STEM learning as they: 1) design and prepare blueprints for a programmable robot; 2) build their robot; 3) program their robot to complete a useful real-world task; and 3) document their process in an Engineering Journal. This project directly relates to Kentucky Common Core Mathematics Practices and also integrates the engineering standards from the upcoming Common Core Science. My middle grade STARS team addressed the problem of physical and mental health concerns for citizens residing in our local nursing home. Their project is entitled “Gaming to the Oldies.” They donated a large screen television, two video systems with motion sensor hardware, and video games that promote physical activity to the Nim Henson Geriatric Center in Jackson, KY for use in the recreation room. The students then trained the faculty, staff, and nursing home residents how to use the equipment. They hope that this project will provide new and fun alternatives for the residents to participate in different activities that will keep them both physically and mentally fit.
Grades 7 & 8 Mathematics
Sebastian Middle School, Breathitt
Project Title: Students Constructing and Programing Robots ARI Innovations Mini Grant & STARS Grant Recipient