By Ken McLemore/Hope Public Schools
Coding at Pre-School
Hope Academy of Public Service Robotics Club members Tara Haney, Mika Brown, Kayla West, Jacquelin Jimenez, and Kristen Morrison teach “precoding” skills to students at the ABC Preschool using a Code-a-pillar interactive toy which responds to sequencing code embedded in each of its sections to interact with the students. The sequence in which the students line the sections of the Code-a-pillar direct the toy’s response.
Artist in Education Barbara Cade helps Hope Academy of Public Service seventh grade math students of Ms. Nina Shepherd work out the design mathematics of weaving as part of a week-long study of how math is incorporated into life in ways not typically considered. Each student learned how to construct a hand loom and mark the measurements for accurate weaving on it; then, how to measure skein yarn sufficient for specific patterns. Students learned to use single and variegated yarn strands to create different effects in the final product.
Hope Academy of Public Service student Allen Thomason learns to navigate a four-blade drone which is equipped with cameras and will be used by HAPS students to produce in-flight video.
Hope Academy of Public Service student Brayden Burris and his father built a working drone using kit parts and a cardboard paper tissue roll. The device is remotely controlled and battery powered and capable of flight and hovering within a few feet of Burris’ controls. Its light weight, however, prevented it from having sufficient flight stability outdoors to overcome wind gusts.