MSB News & Updates
Session I: Recycle City
Session II: Robotics Academy
Missouri School for the Blind is pleased to announce another successful summer of STEM Programming (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). MSB offered two sessions of STEM, “Recycle City” and “Robotics Academy,” and welcomed students from across the state to these exciting programs.
During STEM Session I, “Recycle City,” students explored the environmental impact of waste and learned ways to reduce waste, use less energy and help sustain the environment. Students explored opportunities for up-cycling and recycling in their own lives, met professionals in the field and experienced the challenges of living in a zero-trash society.
Field trips included the Saint Louis Science Center where students discovered various types of energy, and the Boat House in Forest Park where they enjoyed a paddle boating adventure and collected algae to create a biomass lab. Other hands-on activities included building nuclear piles, windmills, dams, bloom boxes and solar ovens, among other things.
In STEM Session II, students learned how to use programming language, built robots and explored basic robotic behavior. Students programmed robotic behaviors using motors and rotation, sound, light, touch and ultrasonic sensors. Field trips to Boeing and Innoventor allowed students to meet engineers who work with robots on a daily basis and learn about the impact of real-world robots. Students began their hands-on experience by writing human programs and were then introduce to LegoMindstorms, Raspberry PI’s and breadboards.
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