Last day excitement!

It seems I forgot to hit post on our last day of fun at STEM Camp on Friday 🙂 Thank you so much for sharing your student(s) with us this past week…we had a blast with them and we hope they came away with positive experiences in the STEM Fields!

Blue/Red Groups

The students actually got to spend the day with me 🙂 It’s been a while since I have been able to do a day of presenting at STEM Camp, so I was really excited! We spent the first half of the session talking about robotics and what makes a robot a robot. We then explored a different kind of robot and the different ways we could program it – the Ozobot. The students love the Ozobots and loved the different games they got to play to help program it. The second half of the session we talked about mathematical modeling and polyhedra. We broke out the 3D pens and used them to make their own polyhedra and then got to get creative and make their own models or use a template for the models. The kids were so creative and had a ton of fun! They brought home their creations to show you 🙂 In robotics, they finished up the Green City Challenge.

Yellow/Green Groups

They spent the day with Dr. Brett Criswell, one of our science (chemistry) educators here at UK. He focused on using different types of energy to power vehicles. The students got to make a car that was water powered and then got a chance to see the UK Solar Car and ask the students who created and race the car lots of questions. They loved making the small cars and then seeing a real solar car! In robotics, they finished up the Space Challenge and started our different racing challenges. Some went back to the football challenge to finish that one.

In their words…

Red/Blue Groups:

  • The world became better that robots can help people.
  • I love 3D printing
  • it was fun and it made me use my brain.
  • 3D pens R hard to use but fun
  • we got to use 3D pens and Ozobots
  • we got to make cool creations with the 3-D pen and make cool paths (with markers for a robot)
  • Ozobots have their own program
  • that not all teachnology is considered as a “robot.”
  • making and building things is fun!
  • It involved working hard ad through frustrations
  • It was epic!
  • it is hands-on
  • about the cheetah robot.
  • 3D printing is fun
  • How to use a 3D pen.
  • It was a hands on project

Yellow/Green Groups:

  • it’s very interesting to think about these new innovations.
  • it will help us in the future.
  • we need energy for the future
  • What did you enjoy? – That we got to make and put together
  • Thing can be powered by the sun.
  • water can move things
  • that hydrogen power cars exist
  • I liked the hands-on learning
  • I learned about different types of energy.
  • we got color changing beads
  • solar power is cool.
  • I want to learn about electricity

Conversation Starters…

Red/Blue Groups:

  • What makes a robot a robot? Is a washing machine a robot? Why?
  • How did the Ozobots work?
  • How did you make your polyhedra with your 3d pen? What else do you think you could create with the 3d pen?
  • What was the most interesting thing you learned about this week at STEM Camp?
  • What do you want to learn more about?
  • How do you think you will use STEM in your career?

Yellow/Green Groups:

  • Why is it important to talk about different kinds of energy?
  • What did you do to make your car move today? How did the water make your car move?
  • What did you observe about the solar car?
  • What was the most interesting thing you learned about this week at STEM Camp?
  • What do you want to learn more about?
  • How do you think you will use STEM in your career?

Picture of the Day…

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