Morehead State University’s 21st Century Education Enterprise has completed a three-day “Robotics Summer Institute” professional learning experience for teachers from middle schools in the service region.
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 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th 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, 21st 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, 5th grade; Ryland Brickey, 5th grade; Megan Pennington, 6th grade; Aleah Wagner, 6th grade; Aaron Adams, 7th grade; Alexis Wagoner, 7th grade; Ian Lewis, 8th grade; and Caleb Hoskins, 8th grade.
From Fleming County: Josh Donahue, 8th grade; Sean McCord, 8th grade; Grace Hamilton, 8th grade; and Sarah Pease, 8th grade.
From Lakeside Christian: Emma Lewis, 5th grade; Riley Eldridge, 5th grade; Riley Givens, 6th grade; Nathan Hogg, 6th grade; and Mason Hyatt, 6th grade; and Allie Lewis, 8th grade.
From Rowan County: Libby Lennex-Stone, 7th grade; McKay Thacker, 8th grade; Alena Back, 8th grade; Katie Hart, 8th grade; and Annabelle McNeal, 8th grade.
From Wolfe County: Bradley Wilson, 5th grade; Caiden Creech, 5th grade; Emma Landaw, 6th grade; Heather Parks, 6th grade; Andy Lykins, 6th grade; Connor Rogers, 6th grade; Austin Coomer, 8th grade; Ethan Wilson, 8th grade, Makayla Jones, 8th grade; Brianna Lawson, 8th grade; Katelyn Kidd, 8th grade; Elizabeth Osborne, 8th grade; Michaela Manning, 8th grade; Kilee Lawson, 8th grade; Grant Rogers, 9th grade; and Logan Creech, 9th 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, 21st Century Education Enterprise; Rachel Rogers Blackwell, STEM Camp director, PD associate, 21st Century Education Enterprise; Krys Lynam, communications and business manager, 21st 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.