Facilitators from Northwestern taught students at Jordan, Dett, and Sherman Schools how to use Tunepad. TunePad is a learning platform that combines music creation with python computer programming. Kids express themselves creatively by remixing popular music or coding their own beats from scratch. Along the way, they pick up important programming concepts from variables, loops, and functions to abstraction, modularity, and debugging. See more pictures:
6th grade students at Sherman School of Excellence learned about the engineering approach of design, build, test, and communicate from volunteers at IBM. Students went through the engineering approach by creating their own footwear. They designed shoes to solve problems or add value to shoes that are already on the market. See more:
HACEMOS - Chicago Chapter and Microsoft Chicago came to Dett, Brown and Sherman School for our S.T.E.A.M. Pop-up sessions. At Dett and Sherman, they taught students how to build a sensor that lets you control a finger with your hand. They used a sensor, a Microsoft Surface and Excel to visualize hand movements. At Brown, they built joysticks with cardboard and copper tape and used it to view 3-D rotations of digital shark models. The students connected the joystick to Excel with a microcontroller so they could gather data on the shark's movement while driving through a virtual marine environment. See pictures:
AT&T came to William H. Brown School of Technology to teach students how drones work. Students put on a virtual reality headset and were able to watch the drone flying through the drone's camera.
From May 31st to June 2nd four astronauts, Antwon, Thailand, Saria, and Jayvion, and their parents blasted off to Family Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama for an unforgettable journey through space and time. Even though some families had never traveled outside of Chicago, each family geared up and explored the unknown. They built and launched rockets, worked together to complete missions, and trained on a multi-axis chair. See photos:
During the Growing Home Enrichment Trip, students took a tour of the farm and learned about the plants and produce that the farm grows. They also learned about composting and the processes that the farm uses in order to be organic. During the tour, students were able to ask questions about what they learned on the tour. After the tour, students engaged in two volunteer projects. The first was clearing out an area to plant wildflowers by weeding and flattening the ground. Wildflowers are needed on the farm to attract and provide nourishment to the bees. The other volunteer project was transplanting plants from trays to larger pots. This allows them to have more space to grow. See more photos: