STEM-ulating Activities at District 123 Summer School

A group tests out their "troll bridge"

A group tests out their “troll bridge”

Mrs. Monroy’s STEM Technicians classroom is abuzz with robots, wires, and more as students prepare for the final class. Students are hard at either work coding via Chromebooks and iPads as mini robots called Spheros race across the floor, while others are testing troll bridges they made in class after watching the popular movie.

“Our young scientists are hard at work deciding what projects performed best over the summer and they will present those projects to parents on the last day of class in sort of a sales pitch style,” she said.

The innovative, project-based course allows students to apply what they have learned about science, technology, engineering, and math during the school year in fun weekly challenges to see what team’s project performs best and break down why.

“We have had a lot of fun participating in the challenges. We build our project or code our Sphero in teams and then do the challenge. It’s a lot of fun to cheer our own team on, and see why a team won and what they did,” said Riley, a student in the class.

Mrs. Monroy hopes to instill a love for coding and STEM learning in each student before the summer is up!