April 18 and 25, 2020 – Katy ISD’s Gerald D. Young Agriculture Sciences Center
The Center for Afterschool, Summer and Enrichment for Kids, or CASE for Kids, a division of Harris County Department of Education, is pleased to announce two All-Earth Ecobot Challenge STEM projects this school year for afterschool programs! As part of their quality framework, they strongly believe afterschool programs should create diverse learning opportunities for youth. Students should experience a variety of activities to learn, explore, and develop new skills.
Both Ecobot projects are hands-on, project-based learning that culminate with a special event. Students work in teams to learn basic concepts in robotics and prepare their robots for the final culminating event. During the culminating event, student teams will demonstrate their knowledge by competing in a robotics competition with other local afterschool programs.
Elementary School Level Competition (April 18)
In the elementary school level competition, students will create robots using the LEGO® MINDSTORMS® Education EV3 Core Set. The innovative engineering competition engages fourth through sixth grade students in complex problem-solving, while developing critical thinking skills and elevating their confidence in formulating solutions to real-world missions.
Middle School Level Competition (April 25)
In the middle school level competition, students sixth through eighth grade will use Tello Quadcopter drones to navigate challenges based on real-world environmental issues. They’ll design, test and fly drones through multiple simulations. To earn success, teams must work together in a collaborative manner to create solutions for various design and flight challenges.
Winners of these challenges will be recognized at the respective competitions will also be invited to receive additional monetary awards at Energy Day Houston on October 17, 2020.