Our Jurassic themed obstacle course will be a hands-on exhibit where attendees will have an opportunity to remotely control a Sphero bot in a race against our automated Sphero bot! The design team of 3rd - 5th grade students will be on hand as "experts" to guide you through the course, give pointers on how to beat their bot, and answer any questions regarding the making of our exhibit! Behind the Scenes: Inspired by the Gyrospheres in Jurassic World, students from Park Maitland School's after school robotics club will design and construct a Jurassic themed obstacle course specifically made with the Sphero 2.0 in mind. They will explore all the different capabilities and limitations of the Sphero, as well as design, prototype, test, and build obstacles to challenge the bot and it's users. Once they have successfully built their obstacles, they will then design the environment with an authentic Jurassic look and feel! The final challenge for our design team will be to build and test several iterations of code that will automatically traverse their Sphero bot through the obstacle course with the fastest time!
Students from grades 3 through 6 of Park Maitland School take part in programmed Design Thinking classes twice a week. In their newly renovated Maker Space, students hone their 21st Century Skills of collaboration, problem solving, creativity, and critical thinking through project based learning. Students are encouraged to tinker and are taught the design process through different modes and hands-on learning experiences. Science, technology, engineering, the arts, and math all play a role in their learning! Students further share their learning to authentic audiences through showcases, hands-on exhibits, and by creating learning experiences for others.