Radford City

Rockin’ R Robotics

Categories: Radford City, Workforce Readiness and Career & Technical Education | 2016

Description:

The Rockin' R Robotics team under the direction of Jennifer Eller is a partnership between Dalton Intermediate School and Career and Technical Education. Eleven eighth grade students participated in this brand new initiative this year utilizing the FIRST Tech Challenge team program. The FIRST Tech Challenge provides team members with a challenging, technology-rich STEAM playground that inspires them to investigate careers in these fields. In addition, the competition component of this program requires each team to create a robot that can pick up debris, place debris in various locations, climb a ramp, release climbers from a zip line, and hang from a bar. Ultimately, after several levels of competitions, the Rockin' R Robotics team placed 6th in the state (an incredible accomplishment for the first year). In closing, Mrs. Eller has also developed numerous community partnerships. Kollmorgen has provided two engineers that meet with the team twice each week. Several local businesses have donated financially to the team, and the Radford Chamber of Commerce donated as well. Several donations were also received in memory of Mrs. Eller's mother who passed away in October. In closing, this new program has been successful in enhancing student experiences, knowledge and achievement, while also promoting many valuable partnerships within the greater community.

Contact:

Jennifer Eller
Teacher / Robotics Coach
jeller@rcps.org
540-731-3651


STEM Connection

Categories: Radford City, Workforce Readiness and Career & Technical Education | 2016

Description:

STEM connection is a class for all approximately 505 students in Belle Heth Elementary School, grades 3-6. The program is in its first year and was created to provide more opportunities in the area of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. All students receive STEM 35 minutes per week as they do Music Art, and other specialty classes. STEM has its own committee, that includes a teacher from every grade level, technology and art teachers, Principal, and Gifted Coordinator for the division. This team has collaborated to create projects that extend and build upon the classroom curriculum for each grade level. For example, in 3rd grade, students learn about Ancient Greece and Rome so in STEM they created aqua ducts and discussed the purpose. Each 9 weeks grading period, allows STEM to enrich activities in the classroom and provide more in-depth study and hands on experiences. STEM has certainly brought about improvements in not only student achievement but student motivation. Students love STEM and do not want to miss this connection class. Our next step with STEM is problem based learning and involving our local businesses to partner with us to provide real life problem solving around community challenges. We are thrilled with this year's implementation and excited for the future of STEM at Belle Heth Elementary.

Contact:

Frank Leighton
STEM teacher
fleighton@rcps.org
540-731-3653