Monday, February 16, 2015

Bat Cave video is finished

All four strands of the STEM Academy (life science, computer science, engineering and medicine) have been working hard on our three minute video for the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow contest.  We are the VT state winner, these means we had the opportunity to make a video explaining how we are going to use STEM to solve a problem in the community.  The problem we picked is the white nose fungus that is decimating the little brown bat population.  We will help by making a clean, fungus-free house for the bats to live in, complete with sensors so we can monitor the bats and learn more about them.  The video is now being judged in the national Solve for Tomorrow contest, we get some feedback on it in early March.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

3D printed hands are finished!

We assembled four prosthetic hands from 3D printed parts using designs from  We are now sending them off to their recipients, hopefully they find them useful.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

STEM Internship Class has started for spring 2015

This class is required element of the STEM Academy, it gives students the chance to have a 40 hour internship in a STEM field.  We also prepare a digital portfolio, create a personal learning network online, work on resumes and present to the community.  New this year is an online option using Google Classroom.  So far, so good!

Monday, January 26, 2015

We are the VT State Winners in the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest!

The STEM Academy was chosen the VT state winner in this contest which awards schools for researching problems in the community that can be solved with STEM. We will be building a bat house to research the white nose fungus issue. We will make a video of our research that will be judged in the national contest during the spring of 2015.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Hand construction has begun!

The parts for all four hands are printed out and we have started to build them in the medical advisory.  They are coming out great.  The Raptor hand is very easy to put together, the parts all snap together and the action is nice.  I'm really curious how they will work once the "tendon" cords are put on.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

First 3D printed hand ready to build

This is all of the parts to build our first Raptor hand.  Everything looks great, we will start the build in Advisory next Wednesday.  The second hand is printing as I write this, the third and fourth hands need a little more work in the CAD program Rhino.  We are excited to start the build!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Communal Printer Build at Maker Faire

Here is yours truly helping with the Communal Printer Build of a Printrbot hosted by Create, Make, Learn at the Champlain Valley Mini Maker Faire this weekend.  I see from the photo album that our Robotics team spent a fair bit of time there as well.  Thanks to Lucie deLaBruere and Craig Lyndes for their vision around this interesting project and for taking this picture.  The printer powered up successfully at the end of the day on Sunday, woo-hoo!  Click here for a video of the build.