Posted by Beth Ciesla on Monday, April 9th, 2012 at 10:45 am
Thanks to a $10,000 Super Grant from the Foundation, students of Hoover Math and Science Academy (HMSA) are learning with Legos. The grant help fund a Lego Robotics program that connected the elementary school with Schaumburg High School and Motorola.
A number of Motorola engineers have visited HMSA to talk to students about engineering and how this could be a possible future career. Schaumburg High School staff have worked with their computer programming students to get them ready to be robotics facilitators and to work with our students. Three HMSA sixth grade students were matched up with one Schaumburg High School Student and they collaborated to build and program a Lego Robot. In future visits, the Schaumburg High School students will lead the HMSA teams through a “Green City Robotics Challenge.” The teams will continue to build and program their robots to compete in a maze like challenge where teams accumulate various points based on the challenges they look to take on. 71 sixth graders, 27 Schaumburg High School Students, and 6 Motorola engineers involved so far.
The culminating activity will be a tour of Motorola headquarters in late May, where students will see the engineers in action. It has been a terrific collaborative experience so far.