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 EnablingTheFuture.org.  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.