Often times during science team meetings, the life science teachers feel left out of the discussion when robotics, computer and physical science teachers discuss ways to cross pollinate their STEM projects. That really shouldn’t be the case, as there are innumerable ways for biology teachers to bring their knowledge and curriculum into the realm of the more geeky tendencies of some science department staff. Showcased at the InventGeek site is a relatively simple project that can involve all of the mentioned disciplines and more. An arduino microcontroller is used to monitor the conditions in an ‘automated nursey’ for sprouting plants. Many life science teachers already incorporate plant growth and development into their curriculum, and adding this dimension makes the project that much more meaningful and fun. As science teachers we often find that some students are more keyed in to life sciences, while others are drawn to physical sciences. Activities such as this bring together not only students with different learning preferences but may in fact help develop talents and interest in an area that was previously uninteresting when taught in isolation. Innovation in STEM teaching practices such as these often bring forth undiscovered talents and motivations in our students.
CNC Machine A Robot Roving Eye Part II
CNC Machining an Arduino-Powered Robot Roving Eye.