(Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) class has come to New Holland-Middletown! Already a 1:1 school (every student has their
own iPad or Chromebook laptop) for over two years, the first Google Apps for
Education district in Logan County is now offering a semester-long STEM class
to district middle schoolers.
Durchholz, Junior High Science and Math teacher at New Holland-Middletown, is
taking advantage of this semester-long enrichment course to provide students with
hands-on learning, real-world connections, and creative approaches to
problem-solving. Using innovative
equipment such as a Makey-Makey station where students program movements in a
code, all while obeying laws of electricity grounding and insulation. In the provided picture, students wrote a code
for Pac-Man’s movements, based on which students’ hands were grounded from the
current supplied by the Makey-Makey, which was plugged into the students’
laptop. For example, to move Pac-Man to
the right, one particular student had to be “high-fived” while in order to move
him down, a different student had to have their hand clapped. While not overly complex to play, the
creation of this “code” by NH-M 6th graders showed how engaged
students could become by providing their own direction for their learning.
semester continues, students will be designing and engineering by utilizing
TinkerCAD software and 3-D printers, as well as writing lessons for Hour of
Code, which occurs in mid-December and other activities associated with making.