St. Mary’s to receive STEM robotics kits

Wednesday, June 5, 2019
Denise Hull

Storm Lake St. Mary’s Elementary School STEM program will be receiving a robotics kit from the Science Center of Iowa Making STEM Connections, awarded by the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council. Fourth grade educator Denise Hull earned the award for the school.

Hull will be receiving the Hummingbird Robotics Kit, which is an $800 value, which includes lights, sensors and motors to help the students build a robot out of any material. This reusable kit can animate a poem, model the human arm, build an autonomous rover and more. Students can build and program a robot in minutes and yet continue learning advanced engineering and programing for many years.

The St. Mary’s students will be able to use the software that comes with the kit and add multiple motors, sensors and LEDs. The Hummingbird kit was created and validated by the National Science Foundation-funded research at Carnegie Mellon University and tested in classrooms with educators and students.

St. Mary’s Elementary School will be receiving a Hummingbird Robotics Kit from the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council.

Hull will also receive programming tutorials, lesson plans, printable student activities, software, support for Makecode, Python and Java, and technical support, along with the equipment.