Cozad Maker Faire 2015  

April 30, 2015
Students at Cozad High School had the opportunity to participate in a non-traditional learning environment they called the Cozad Maker Faire. Students had a list of sessions they could attend and have hands on time in a variety of fields. I helped facilitate a robotics session that was a day long experience for the students who chose this field. Using ESU 10 LEGO Mindstorm robotics kits and ESU 10 Macbooks, we ventured into the building and programming of these awesome creations.

For the first part of the day our focus was on building the bot itself and adding a little functionality in programming it as we went on. The latter part of the day was more focused on the programming and how to get the bot they built to do whatever the students wanted it to. To end the day we had a final bot war where the students got to showcase the design and functionality of their particular bots.

There are so many educational components to building robotics, it’s hard to know where to start. The obvious correlation is to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). The students were doing all of these and talking the language of scientists, technologists, engineers, and mathematicians. They were doing physics and math and all the technical troubleshooting one would see in career field. Not only these fields were covered, however. I saw much in the way of language art and fine arts too. The creativity of adding sounds to different functions of the bot, or developing stories behind their bots as they created names for their creations.

The students had a grand time “playing” with the robotics kits and still learning in fun and creative ways. I am hopeful Cozad shares their stories about the Maker Faire with other districts and that many district leaders follow suit. 

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-by Jason Everett, Teaching & Learning Coordinator