Sharing Our Good News (05/26/22)


Fiero Automation donates $40K robot arm to STEM's P-TECH Building

What do you do when a company donates a $40K robot to STEM, but it won’t fit through the front door? Well, sometimes you need a little help from your friends!
Meet the Comau Racer 3 robot. It was generously given to STEM from Fiero Automation. It is housed in the P-TECH building and will be used as part of the P-TECH Robotics and Automation Program.
Getting this rig through the door was a challenge to say the least. The platform for the robot is made of steel and is extremely heavy. We had to remove the robot from the platform first, then remove the door and squeeze it inside. As you can see from the pictures, it *barely* made it through! Thank you so much to Greg Short, Territory Manager for Fiero Automation and Ron Schmoker, General Manager of Panther Industries. They took extra time out of their day to not only get the robot to STEM, but ensure that it was delivered to the spot where it will be for years to come.
Thank you Fiero Automation for this incredible donation. What this robot will be able to do alongside our students is nothing short of extraordinary and it also has extra safety features built in. We can’t wait to see the innovation that will come from it. Here’s a little bit about the robot itself:
It is a 6-axis robot arm, it offers a 3.0 kg payload and 630 mm reach and the repeatability is 0.02 mm. Common applications include arc welding, dispensing, remote TCP and spot welding.
Get ready for a lot of innovation to be happening from our brand new P-TECH building!

Elementary Art Project on display

Kinder and 5th-grade students, along with their teachers traced their hands onto the wall Elementary School Wall leading into the Middle School Hallway to signify their progression from young Spartan Innovators to Spartan graduates. This mural was created with great pride and love by Elementary School Art Teacher Kristy Smith.
Elementary Hand Art Project

STEM students get a look at what to expect next year with the Elementary School Walk Up Day

So, what comes next? On Monday, we held our Elementary School Walk Up Day. It was an opportunity for students to get a glimpse of what they can expect in the next grade up when the new school year begins!
As part of the presentation, the students were shown the exciting PBL units they will be working on beginning this Fall.

New to STEM Parent Night ushers in next generation of STEM Elementary students

A packed house for ‘New to STEM Parent Night’. This was a chance for our newest STEM families to bring their kids to our campus and hear about all things STEM.
They learned about STEM’s PBL (Problem Based Learning) units, what happens in the classroom, field trips, activities and everything related to Elementary School at STEM.
Following the information session in the ES Gym, the families took a tour of the classrooms and had the opportunity to ask questions of teachers and STEM staff.
It’s always exciting to see the next generation of STEM students begin their journey here. We love seeing how their talents and innovation evolve over time as they advance from one grade to the next.

STEM's National Honor Society welcomes new members for the 2022-2023 school year

The torch has been passed! At STEM’s National Honor Society Induction Ceremony, students from the class of 2022 were on hand to welcome in the next group of NHS students.
Congratulations to all who were inducted this week. We know that all of you will be doing great things heading into the 2022-2023 school year!

STEM Elementary students celebrate last week of school with field days

Our Elementary School students have had so much fun this week with their field days. Much of the activities were outside but also extended to inside the classroom and gym. The weather cooperated nicely!
Thanks to our hard-working and incredibly resilient staff for helping create so many smiles during what has been a very difficult week for all. We’d also like to thank you parent and student volunteers who helped make this event so special.
Our kids are marching into Summer with positive energy and excitement!

STEM 8th graders present their passion projects

What are you passionate about and how will you use that passion to change the world?
This week, 8th grade students in Ms. Dillon’s Language Arts class are presenting their passion projects, which is something they’ve been working on all semester.
The students began with some big ambitions, with some that included an extensive study into the science profession, the U.S. Constitution, drafting a movie script for a full length feature, an array of 3D prints and much more.
Some of the presenters learned a valuable lesson of time management and coming up with realistic expectations. They learned of success, failure and the hard path to innovation!
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