The Exploring Technology students will be utilizing the classroom as well as the lab. tHE LAB AREA WILL BE UTILIZED TO WORK ON:
fIRST lEGO lEAGUE
fIRST tECH challenge
jUNIOR sOLAR sPRINT
Meteorology and Weather
Research and Design
TSA administers the Junior Solar Sprint with a grant awarded by the United States Army Educational Outreach Program (AEOP).
In addition to an online resource center for Junior Solar Sprint for educators, JSS is now an official TSA middle school event. Supported by the US army since 2001, Junior Solar Sprint offers resources to empower teachers, mentors, and other community members to engage 4th-8th grade youth in the designing, building,
and racing of model solar cars. Through JSS, students develop teamwork and problem solving abilities, investigate environmental issues, and gain hands-on STEM skills to build the fastest, most interesting, and best
crafted vehicle possible. JSS challenges students to use scientific know-how, creative thinking, experimentation and teamwork.
TSA enhanced the structure and reach of Junior Solar Sprint to align the program with the Army’s goal of having a national impact on STEM education. The online resource center for Junior Solar Sprint includes educational materials, supplementary instructional videos, connections to outside resources, and ‘how to’
guides to implement curriculum and races – everything needed for a teacher or mentor to bring Junior Solar
Sprint to youth in their community. Junior Solar Sprint is an official TSA middle school competitive event,
and the AEOP grant is supporting JSS race events at local Army locations.
Winners of the Army-hosted competitions will participate in the national JSS competition held annually at
the national TSA conference.
FLL FIRST LEGO League
Challenge: Overview and History In early fall, FLL releases a Challenge, which is based on a real-world scientific topic.Each Challenge has three parts: the Robot Game, the Project (Why a Project in a Robotics Competition?), and the FLL Core Values. Teams of up to ten children, with one adult coach, participate in the Challenge by programming an autonomous robot to score points on a themed playing field (Robot Game), developing a solution to a problem they have identified (Project), all guided by the FLL Core Values. Teams may then choose to attend an official tournament, hosted by one of our FIRST LEGO League Partners. Past Challenges have been based on topics such as nanotechnology, climate, quality of life for the handicapped population, and transportation. By designing our Challenges around such topics, participants are exposed to potential career paths within a chosen Challenge topic, in addition to solidifying the STEM principles that naturally come from participating in a robotics program. Team members also learn valuable life and employment skills
which will benefit them no matter which career path they choose. - See more at:
FIRST TECH CHALLENGE
FTC is designed for students in grades 7-12 to compete head to head, using a sports model. Teams are responsible for designing, building, and programming their robots to compete in an alliance format against other teams. The robot kit is reusable from year-to-year and is programmed using a variety of languages. Teams, including coaches, mentors and volunteers, are required to develop strategy and build robots based on
sound engineering principles. Awards are given for the competition as well as for community outreach, design, and other real-world accomplishments.
Students GET TO: Design, build, and program robots Apply real-world math and science
concepts Develop problem-solving, organizational, and team-building skills Compete and cooperate in alliances and tournaments Compete for a spot in the World Championship Qualify for over $13.5 million in college scholarships. http://www.usfirst.org/
The Engineering Encounters Bridge Design Contest (formerly the West Point Bridge Design Contest) is a competition intended to promote math, science and technology education in middle schools and high schools. The students will design a virtual truss bridge with the lowest cost using the Designer software. The contest provides students with a realistic introduction to engineering through an Engaging, hands-on design experience. Participation is free and students may compete individually or in teams of two.
How It Works:
Be sure to enter the Local Code to be entered in the local competition
West Point Bridge Contest
Science Matters, Math Counts, Technology Innovates