Aguadilla | May 8, 2017
This event helps to raise awareness of the importance of STEM in our community. Projects presented by the Middle School students:
The Ramey STEAM Club participated in the Sea Perch program which is an innovative underwater robotics program that equips teachers and students with the resources they need to build an underwater Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV). The SeaPerch Program provided students in grades 6-8 with the opportunity to learn about robotics, engineering, science, and mathematics (STEM) while building an underwater ROV as part of a science and engineering technology curriculum. Throughout the project, the students learned engineering concepts, problem solving, teamwork, and technical applications. They built their ROV's from PVC pipe, and other low cost materials while learning the vocational skills of pipe cutting, drilling, and soldering of all components to include the control boxes. The students completed the ROV;s and then competed against each other to test designs and maneuverability. The next phase of the project will have the students competing with their ROV's in an underwater obstacle course and designing a specialty arm for underwater retrieval.
SOLAR POWERED CAR CHALLENGE
Students in grades 6-8th participated in the Solar Powered Car Challenge by designing and racing solar powered cars made from a solar cells and an electric motor. Weight, gear ratios, sun angle, aerodynamics, traction, friction, front- or rear-wheel drive, and wheelbase are all design factors that are were considered in the challenge. During STEAM Week, the students raced their cars to determine the most successful design.
Crystal Growing Challenge
Students in grades 6-8th participated in a Crystal Growing Challenge by concocting a recipe to grow a crystal that would mimic those found in Geodes. Students used a variety of recipes and growing mediums to meet the challenge. During STEAM Week, the students presented their crystals to a panel of judges who selected the best crystals based on color, clarity and overall beauty.