Many of the classes at Cattaraugus-Little Valley elementary school have tried utilizing part of their center time to also tackle some STEM activities. Some of these activities include using either the Kodable or Hopscotch app, others have been hands-on with the Bee Bots and lately with Cubelets.
Mrs. Rickert’s 2nd grade class has Rick Weinberg and Mark Carls come in when they’re at CLV to help with these stations. The 2nd graders first tried working together to find their way from the Start to the Finish with the BeeBots. The mazes started simple then got much harder, but with teamwork and collaboration the teams figured out how to program the Bee to complete the maze. Some even figured out how to go backwards through the maze!
Just after the February break the students in Mrs. Rickert’s class started trying to use Cubelets to explore and build certain items. Their first task was to build a lighthouse. After some discussion working together in teams they decided that they needed power, a light and then to have it rotate. Once they completed this task they figured out they could add the “Knob” cubelet to control the strength of the light as well as adding other cubes for stability. Further exploration found a “Temperature” and “Distance” sensor. We’ll see what the future holds for those.
By: Mark Carls, CA BOCES