West Liberty-Salem’s fifth grade Robotics Club is exploring STEM education with it’s second season in coding and robotics. The Wonder League, their club name, is coached by Mrs. Blair and Mrs. Cotrell and has 18 participants. They meet after school during second semester and complete project based missions and compete amongst themselves throughout the season.
What is STEM? STEM education is an interdisciplinary approach to learning where rigorous academic concepts are coupled with real-world lessons as students apply science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in contexts that make connections between school, community, work, and the global enterprise. (Tsupros, 2009). Coding, a large part of STEM education, is fast becoming an essential skill across many industries.
WL-S uses Wonder Workshop’s Dash and Dot robots, designed to help students learn the fundamentals of both coding and robotics and how they work together. These amazing robots, along with apps designed to help students, can learn, play games, tell jokes, and complete obstacle courses. Currently, we have 12 of the Dash and Dot robots, but hope to expand that as interest in the program continues to grow.
Pictured below is Brady Kauffman. He is working on coding an obstacle course for his Dash Robot.