Morehead State University’s 21 st Century Education Enterprise has completed a three-day “Robotics Summer Institute” professional learning experience for teachers from middle schools in the service region.
(Credit: Morehead State University)
Teachers from Elliott, Fleming, Rowan and Wolfe counties schools along with Lakeside Christian Academy were represented during the camp.
Participants were engaged as “learners” working with LEGO Mindstorm EV3 Robotics and created individualized STEM action plans to meet school and district needs. Teacher participants returned the following week with groups of rising 5
th, 6 th, 7 th and 8 th grade students from their districts to attend another three-day STEM Camp.
Students and teachers worked with MSU faculty from Engineering and Information Systems/Career and Technical Education, Space Science Center, 21
st Century Education Enterprise, UK STEM faculty, and Kentucky Department of Education consultants.
As teacher participants in the professional learning experience facilitated, middle school students tackled tasks dealing with engineering design and development, electricity and electronics, robotics problem solving, and soldering and systems.
Students participating in the camp were:
From Elliott County: Hallie Mayse, 5
th grade; Ryland Brickey, 5 th grade; Megan Pennington, 6 th grade; Aleah Wagner, 6 th grade; Aaron Adams, 7 th grade; Alexis Wagoner, 7 th grade; Ian Lewis, 8 th grade; and Caleb Hoskins, 8 th grade.
From Fleming County: Josh Donahue, 8
th grade; Sean McCord, 8 th grade; Grace Hamilton, 8 th grade; and Sarah Pease, 8 th grade.
From Lakeside Christian: Emma Lewis, 5
th grade; Riley Eldridge, 5 th grade; Riley Givens, 6 th grade; Nathan Hogg, 6 th grade; and Mason Hyatt, 6 th grade; and Allie Lewis, 8 th grade.
From Rowan County: Libby Lennex-Stone, 7
th grade; McKay Thacker, 8 th grade; Alena Back, 8 th grade; Katie Hart, 8 th grade; and Annabelle McNeal, 8 th grade.
From Wolfe County: Bradley Wilson, 5
th grade; Caiden Creech, 5 th grade; Emma Landaw, 6 th grade; Heather Parks, 6 th grade; Andy Lykins, 6 th grade; Connor Rogers, 6 th grade; Austin Coomer, 8 th grade; Ethan Wilson, 8 th grade, Makayla Jones, 8 th grade; Brianna Lawson, 8 th grade; Katelyn Kidd, 8 th grade; Elizabeth Osborne, 8 th grade; Michaela Manning, 8 th grade; Kilee Lawson, 8 th grade; Grant Rogers, 9 th grade; and Logan Creech, 9 th grade.
Teacher participants were Amy Maggard, Elliott County; Rebekah Hitch, Elliott County; Cindy Combs, Fleming County; Brittany Dennis, Lakeside Christian; Charlie Charles, Rowan County; Michael Brand, Wolfe County; Mindy Coomer, Wolfe County; Charlotte Cox, Wolfe County; and Amy Phipps, Wolfe County.
Assisting with the camp were: Krista Barton, director, 21
st Century Education Enterprise; Rachel Rogers Blackwell, STEM Camp director, PD associate, 21 st Century Education Enterprise; Krys Lynam, communications and business manager, 21 st Century Education Enterprise; Dr. Margaret Mohr-Schroeder, UK See Blue STEM Camp co-director; Dr. Craig Schroeder, UK See Blue STEM Camp co-director;
Dr. Bruce Walcott, UK See Blue STEM Camp co-director; Jen Carter, assistant director of academic services for Craft Academy for Excellence in Science and Mathematics; Dr. Joyce Stubbs, career and technical education coordinator; and Richard DeLong, Dream Discovery Center instructor.