The Lower School has embarked on a unique interdisciplinary 7-week STEAM course for students in 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade. Each grade meets for one hour once every cycle for 7 weeks, and each course has a new theme. The 3rd grade is currently enjoying their STEAM course based on "The Wild Robot" by Peter Brown, who visited Princeton Day School in 2016 as a visiting artist from our Imagine the Possibilities program. The program, and each grade's theme, is designed by four LS faculty: Tech Coordinator Carol Olson, Librarian Jenny Mischner, science teacher Aaron Schomburg, art teacher Jennifer Gallagher. IT staff member Paul Legato joined the group for this project.
The 3rd grade started with the book, and the projects for this course tie directly back to "The Wild Robot." Students were able to create maps and imagine island terrain. Then, they worked on coding Edison robots to be able to make paths on the island. Using their iPads, the students were able to use block programming as well as basic programming to make their Edison robots move on pencil-drawn maps. Next, the students worked to create "Scribblebots," simple robots that are individually designed and built to draw with fixed markers. The students were encouraged to bring in supplies from home (water bottles and soda cans) for the "bot" body, and then assembled them with a small motor, battery packs, and markers to create their own unique Scribblebots.
The 4th grade has already experienced the STEAM course, and the 2nd grade is up next. Here are some photos from the 3rd grade STEAM course.