Impact Grant: Bots Build Brains

Bots Build Brains at Chinook Middle School

Bots Build Brains at Chinook Middle School

All students in Elizabeth Nelson’s semester 2 classes were able to use the 30 newly purchased Lego Mindstorm EV3s. In groups, the students built robots and then programmed them to solve challenges. Chinook staff created several partnerships as a result of having these robots: Skunk Works Robotics (a component of Raisbeck Aviation High School) and our feeder elementary schools. Students learned from Aviation’s Skunkworks Robotics Team. The high school students visited Chinook to demo their robot and meet with Chinook students. Elementary students (Bow Lake, Hilltop, Madrona, McMicken) visited Chinook one Saturday to build and program robots. Middle school students provided training and expertise to the elementary students.

Bots Build Brains at Chinook Middle School

Chinook Design & Engineering students now see themselves as capable problem solvers and programmers.

Because of the generous donation from the Highline Foundation and Alaska Airlines, Chinook’s CTE teacher was able to provide engaging opportunities to 7th and 8th graders. Students worked together to imagine, plan, create and make improvements to their robots. Student-teams programmed robots to complete challenges.

Chinook Design & Engineering students now see themselves as capable problem solvers and programmers. The 30 EV3 robots, that we purchased with grant funds, made children smile and willing to try new things – building robots and programming them. Students collaboratively engineered robots to solve problems.

There are a couple of students that we would like to highlight, IG and DR. For several years, these two students have struggled with staying focused, on-task and motivated enough to complete tasks. When they were introduced to robotics, their attitudes changed, they began coming to class on time and worked on-task the entire class period. They really strived, and became leaders, helping their peers work through problems in robotics. Their attitudes about school has improved overall, as well as, having a more positive and productive work ethic in their other classes.

Bots Build Brains at Chinook Middle School

Students worked together to imagine, plan, create and make improvements to their robots.

The details: Chinook Middle School purchased 30 Lego EV3 robotics kits. About 120 students had access to the robots during the school day. Students were taught how to build and program the robots. Outside of the school day, there were about 30 middle schoolers and 20 elementary students who interacted with the robots. After school gatherings happened weekly from April through June. There was a Saturday event in May where elementary students learned about robots from about 12 Chinook students.

“We would like you to know how truly thankful we are for receiving this grant. The Highline Foundation has made an impact at Chinook.” ~ Elizabeth Nelson & Sydni Neves

Since 1999, the Highline Schools Foundation has been supporting innovation and excellence in Highline Public Schools. Our funding priorities focus on programs to improve academic achievement, supporting college and career readiness, grants to teachers for engaging classroom projects, the arts, athletics, and programs that keep students in school and productive. Highline is a district full of need and opportunity. The Highline Schools Foundation is the only non-profit organization dedicated to all schools in our district—our goal is to help as many students as possible be successful!

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