STEM

FLL Robotics (Grades 4-6) and FTC Robotics (Grades 7-11)

Calling all our tinkerers and programmers! Join the Robotics Team next year! We have two FLL teams, each with 8 4th-6th graders, and one FTC team with up to 15 7th -11th graders.

How easy is it to join??? Just fill out the appropriate application (hard copies are in the front office) and return to Mrs. Jacobs (drop off in the office or email to jjacobs@pinnacleclassicalacademy.com) by June 22. Teams will be formed from all applications after that date.

Questions? Email Mrs. Jacobs!

FTC Application

FLL Application

Want to learn some Arduino coding? Arduino is an open source physical computing platform for creating interacgtive objects that stand alone or collaborate with software on your computer. The software is free and can be downloaded from www.arduino.cc. Learn about the basics of sketches (the programs) and programming techniques at http://www.arduino.cc/en/Tutorial/Foundations. There are lots of YouTube explanations and tutorials, as well. Try out https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TItCq9deSr0&list=PLYutciIGBqC34bfijBdYch49oyU-B_ttH or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fCxzA9_kg6s&list=PLA567CE235D39FA84 for starters.

STEM is the hands-on application of content learned in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Our goals are learning how the academic content applies to real-world situations, how to work together in collaboration as a team, how to overcome obstacles, how to think outside the box, how to reflect on the learning process, and how to problem-solve.

As a result, homework is minimal in our STEM class as most work is accomplished within the classroom setting. On occasion, students will have a small task to complete before their next class time. These assignments usually take less than ten minutes.

Syllabus.pdf

STEM Wish List:

  • Headless finishing nails (3" long)
  • Inexpensive headphones (like the kind airlines give out free) for classroom use. We need about 30 to accommodate our classes.
  • Parent volunteers to build paper airplane launchers (I have the plans)