17. November 2016 07:52
October Got Grit Contest Winners
Jorie and Haley
We are proud to reward the hard work and determination that Jorie and Haley demonstrated in the STEM Lab, at Ira Jones Middle School, with Applied Technology Instructor, John Pilch. Thanks for sharing your learning experience. Your contest submission demonstrated that you've Got Grit. Keep up the great work.
2. November 2016 03:37
You've seen, and perhaps even performed, the robot dance at some point, but take a look at this version that features VEX Robots. watch video
It's a great example of coordinated programming to share with your class. Working with robots encourages students to develop critical thinking and collaborative problem-solving skills while utilizing real-world applications.
Students Work as Engineers
In the Paxton/Patterson learning systems, students work as engineers, designing and programming VEX robots. This STEM education curriculum helps prepare students for the following career pathways:
- Artificial Intelligence Experts
- Software Engineers
- Robotics Engineer
- Electrical Engineers
- Computer Systems Designer
- Mechanical Technicians
- Software Programmer
- CIM Operator
- Electronics Technicians
12. October 2016 06:14
To celebrate students and classrooms that engage in the process of learning Paxton/Patterson has launched the Got Grit Contest. We know that through the course of learning there are frequent twists, turns, and even setbacks. We hope that you and your students share stories of the mistakes, setbacks, and the perseverance that went into the process of learning and eventual success! We want to hear about your success stories and reward them.
Share Your Learning Experience
for a Chance to Win
Pizzas, Prizes and a 3-D Printer
Submissions can be made in different formats. We want you and your students to be creative! The story you tell could be a series of photos with captions, sketches, a video that chronicles a design brief, or perhaps a narrative writing piece that demonstrates “Grit”.
Enter the contest at paxtonpatterson.com/contest.
Download a contest flier.
20. September 2016 09:28
CO2 Dragster 3D Challenge
Why not take your next CO2 dragster project to the next level with an extreme challenge? Ask students to completely fabricate their cars with custom 3D printed designs. If your classroom doesn’t already have CAD software, there are basic free versions available online to create STL files – used for 3D printing.
Can You Create a Faster Dragster?
Students should begin with the size and shape of a CO2 cartridge. They will need to design a dragster that accurately holds the CO2 cartridge in place during the race. The rest of the rules are up to you. Is there a size requirement? Do they need to utilize four wheels? Do the wheels have to be 3D printed?
This real-world lesson can incorporate drafting, engineering, fabrication, the Laws of Motion and countless other useful skills.
23. August 2016 07:59
STEM and Language Arts?
Paxton/Patterson is helping teachers incorporate Language Arts into STEM, with a project that is out of this world. In Computer Graphics and Animation, students create a stop motion animation to communicate an important message – like the dangers of texting while driving. In this example, two aliens are driving a Mars rover while distracted with a cell phone. They do not notice the cliff edge, the warning signs or the shark that is swimming in the water below the cliff. Did you know there are sharks on Mars? There are, if you let your imagination run wild. That’s one of the great benefits of this STEM Learning Systems activity. Students are encouraged to be creative and have fun while utilizing technology. It’s a wonderful blend of resources that allow teachers to cover a wide range of traditional subjects.
For more information about Computer Graphics and Animation please visit www.paxtonpatterson.com/actionlabs-overview.aspx