Students Learn How to Build Robots in New Flexible Learning Space
Irvington Middle School students are working together to build robots by using a variety of tools and computer hardware thanks to a new technology lab configuration at their school.
Eighth-grade students in Marcus Oates’ technology class have been engaged in project-based learning experiences since the beginning of the school year. They’re gaining knowledge through sustained inquiry and authentic learning in an environment that’s conducive to group discussions, research and hands-on activities. The flexible learning space has enhanced both the digital and physical educational experiences for students.
"Having a flexible learning space has been essential to the success of the eighth-grade technology course and helps reinforce the concept that the learning process is different for all students,” Oates said. “Having the flexible lab is a wonderful tool in helping all students feel successful.”
The students have been learning about 11 different mechanisms that are found throughout the world and used in almost every object that has moving parts. They are researching why they are being used and investigating their different applications.
“This is our second unit of the year, and each group is currently building a few of the mechanisms before teaching the other groups in the class about the purpose and application of them,” Oates said. “Students are learning how robots function so that they can delve into using robotics to solve a problem.”
As students gain more knowledge about how robots are constructed and how different mechanisms are used, they will solve a design challenge – centered around the topic of transportation, obtaining and processing resources, and communication – by building robotic systems like self-driving vehicles.
GIFTS & GOODIES FUNDRAISER
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WINTER COAT DRIVE
Collection Extended to Friday, October 28th!
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RIVERTOWN PARENTS PRESENTATION
November 2: Managing Anxiety
7 Strategies to Interrupt the Worry Cycle
Lynn Lyons, LICSW
Psychotherapist, Licensed Social Worker, Author
Wednesday, November 2, 2016
Irvington HS/MS Campus Community Presentation Room (CPR) in the Campus Library
FREE ADMISSION AND PARKING
Open to all parents and to students 12 years and older. Registration requested by Wednesday, 10/26 due to limited space: www.rivertownparents.com
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General Admission: Advance $16, Door $20
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