Park Forest Middle Students Inspired by Family STEM Night Invent a Sweeping Rover for Immobile People!
STEM literacy soars when science, technology, engineering, and mathematics are "integrated" into projects and assignments. By integrated, we mean that students use their knowledge of these subjects to understand how the world works and to solve relevant problems - skills integral to building the successful workforce of tomorrow. Inspired by a recent Park Forest Middle Family STEM Night, two extremely engaged students were encouraged to continue tinkering and enter an online robotic challenge sponsored by LittleBits. With the guidance of STEMup BR's AmeriCorps VISTA team, the students used the engineering design process to develop and share their invention: A Sweeping Rover - a robotic device that would sweep for people who are immobile.
1. BRAINSTORM IDEAS
We worked together to explore the Little Bits Kit and try to come up with what we wanted to invent.
2. START BUILDING
After we decided that we wanted to create a rover that would sweep for people who are immobile, we started putting it together!
3. TEST & IMPROVE
REMIX In the middle of building, we decided to add a long LED with a light sensor and a buzzer for when the Sweeping Rover is in dark places!
5. FINISHING TOUCHES
Lastly, we added a cap made out of construction paper to make the Sweeping Rover look more like a mobile vehicle, and the felt that acts as the sweeper.
FINAL PRODUCT... AND IT WORKS!