WATERFORD READS STEM!
The ability to read is critical to success in school, and that’s why the Waterford School District launched Waterford READS, a guarantee that all students in the district will read at grade level by the end of third grade.
And Corsair Robotics 2612 is getting involved by using this program to also initiate Waterford READS STEM! Not only do we feel reading is imperative, but also introducing students to STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), and specifically robots. With Waterford READS STEM, we're encouraging both. By combining reading, writing, science, and creativity, we hope this program is exciting and educational for everyone.
HERE'S HOW WATERFORD READS STEM WORKS:
The team delivered three books about robotics, engineering, and innovation to all nine elementary schools in the district. The school that earns the most points will receive recognition and a special visit from Corsair Robotics 2612, where all third-graders in the school will get the opportunity to drive and operate one of our award-winning robots.
HOW TO EARN POINTS:
1 point is awarded for each third-grader who:
50 points are awarded for each class that:
We are excited to launch this program in February and continue it into March, which is reading month in the district. We can't wait to see what fun these classrooms will have learning about robots!
Corsair Robotics 2612 gives special thanks to ThunderChickens, FRC Team 217, for supplying copies of Flooded! to each elementary school, and to RUSH, FRC Team 27, for help with funding. We’re proud to partner with these great FIRST robotics teams!
We also send our sincerest thanks to Mrs. Farley at Donelson Hills Elementary for guidance in getting Waterford READS STEM started.
LINKS TO STEM INFORMATION & ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS:
FIRST LEGO League: Information on FLL, videos, and more.
STEM-Works / PBS Kids: Short article and video showcasing a girls team who entered a robotics competition.
NASA: Program the Rover robot in this online game.
NASA: Write your own short adventure story online by filling in the blanks with nouns, adjectives, and verbs.
NASA: Instructions on how to build a model satellite.
NASA: Instructions to make your own balloon-powered nanorover - a bit challenging but adults or older siblings can help.
NASA: "Urbie" robot and why it has two eyes. Plus, easy experiments to show why two eyes are better than one.
Khan Academy: Video showing third-graders from Santa Rita Elementary School building robots.
STEM-Works: Article about a Chinese robot that is in the Guinness Book of World Records for walking the farthest.
STEM-Works: Article about a 3D printed sports car. (Maybe a challenging read for third-graders, but the ideas and photos are really cool!)
STEM-Works: Article about a hotel in Japan that is staffed by robots.
BrainPOP (Robots): Video and information on robots.
Creative Kids at Home: Role playing for programming a robot.
PBS Kids: Instructions to make your own hovercraft.
eGFI: Make a rubber band racer.
Check out these photos from Cooley Elementary:
WATERFORD ELEMENTARY STUDENTS: JOIN US FOR STEM DAY 2016!
Please join us at 2 pm on Saturday, March 5 at Waterford Mott High School for STEM Day 2016. This is part of Waterford Mott's FIRST Robotics Competition, which is free and open to the public. At the event, elementary students can: