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Stem started off rather interestingly. It began with an assembly where each school walked in and their countries' national anthem began playing. Our mascot (Kakulwa) greeted them with open arms and a dance. The beginning was a bit stiff regarding our StemTalk, seeing as Mr. Potts was the only person who signed up to speak. He gave a speech about how smartphones contain things people never had in a such a small space. He showed us things like: scrabble, a mirror, an alarm clock, chess, books, a radio, a flashlight, and an atlas. All these things that you couldn't have in one place, now people have in their back pocket. He discussed inspirations for innovation with the crowd, sources like Back to the Future, Walle, Star Trek, Terminator, Star Wars etc.. He then spoke about the future and the possibilities it held, human augmentation, artificial intelligence, hover boards, holographic displays, colonization of other planets. The possibilities are actually endless. After talks about the future we were subtly brought back to the present as he began to discuss the group challenge which will be explained in detail later.
The group challenge was a bonding exercise created to help integrate the schools and get the kids to interact with people they don't know. The goal was to build a stand alone robot that is taller than the shortest member of the team. They made groups of eight, each person from a different school, and began the scavenger hunt for tools and materials. After getting a map they were given free reign and began the search. There was a lot of running, falling, slipping, sliding, rushing, shouting, and panicking. After the hour was up all groups built a stand alone robot with at least one moving part- for most, it was the arms. After talking to a few people, some believed that it was extremely scary, intimidating, and weird working with people they didn't know and trying to understand their ideas. Others said they were all inspired by their teammates creativity and enjoyed incorporating other people's thoughts in with their own. Some people believe they made lasting friendships that day so in the end the group challenge was a success.
Math, Dinner, and Social
Math has always been a grueling subject for most, but it is still refreshing to see those deemed smarter agree. Many who came out of the math test looked worried, tired, and really confused, but all the participants enjoyed it none the less.
Later after all had had a rejuvenating supper, that was made by our tuck shop, talks about math were forgotten as they moved to thinking of funner things. Games seemed to be the thing everyone enjoyed, and instead of dancing most opted to play Chess, James Bond, Go Fish, Call of Duty, Basketball, Football, or just chat. Now that the introductions were over everyone really started to break out of their shell, talking to people doesn't feel as horrible after you've already had to work with them. We saw plenty of kids sitting with kids from other schools instead of electing to sit with people they went to school with. The ending was bittersweet, but sleep was a necessity if everyone was to be ready for the Botball the next day.
APRIL 20-22, 2017 COUNTDOWN TO 2017 ISSEA STEM
What is ISSEA STEM?
All 8 ISSEA Schools competing in Mathematics, Science & Robotics Events. Click on the links below to find out more!
This year's theme: TRUTH IN THE DIGITAL AGE
Providing an arena for like-minded students to compete, collaborate, communicate, and demonstrate strengths in academic areas that are rarely celebrated.
“Educating students in STEM subjects teach students how to think critically and how to solve problems — skills that can be used throughout life to help them get through tough times and take advantage of opportunities whenever they appear.”
STEPHEN F. DEANGELIS