On Saturday, January 20, 2018, the Hay Springs Jr. Robotics Team made their official debut in Sidney, NE. The team, launched in October 2017, has been following the FIRST LEGO League Jr. Curriculum. This program, in conjunction with 4-H, introduces kids ages 6-10 to STEM concepts. This year’s theme was AQUA ADVENTURE. The teams learned Core Values of the program, conducted research, utilized Engineering Notebooks, voted on team names, selected real-world water problems to tackle, engineered and built LEGO models to solve their problems, programmed moving parts to include in their models, and managed to have fun in the process! The teams compiled their hard work and ideas on “Show Me” Posters which were presented along with their LEGO builds at the showcase in Sidney.
Hay Springs had three of the seven teams participating in the Junior Division. It was remarkable to see our school represented in such an impressive manner. This was the first expo experience for all involved. The kids did an amazing job presenting and answering the judge’s questions. The parents and family members that made the trip completed this awesome positive experience. The dedication and support of so many individuals made this “experiment” possible!
The “RoboKids” team consisted of Riggen Binger, Jacob Dorshorst, Cora Summers and Catherine Two Bulls. The “RoboHawks” team consisted of Luke Edwards, Brayden Heiting, Cade McKillip and Easton Mintken. The “Smartie Hawks” team consisted of Emma Albrecht, Mason Albrecht, Megan Anderson, Will Gaswick and Devyn Young. The teams were coached by Melissa Mracek and Erika Gaswick. Many thanks to Miriam Kearns and the “big” robotics team for visiting with us and showing us what our future may hold. Thanks also to Aaron Taylor for speaking to our group about our water and it’s journey.
HSPS got into the spirit of the season this week when students and teachers donated food items to the Good Neighbor of Hay Springs. The group was challenged to bring as many items as possible. Classes were competing against one another for a 2-hour early release for Thursday before break. Teachers were promised to get a one-hour late start for their next staff in-service. Seventh graders took high honors and will enjoy an early out; teachers also made their goal and will be rewarded at the next teacher in-service. The Good Neighbor is always in need of items, especially during this time of year. Mrs. Marx and students rallied together and loaded the goods into the suburban and took a trip to the Good Neighbor where more volunteers waited to start putting holiday baskets together for needy families. What a difference a little time and effort can make in the lives of so many. Happy holidays to all from all of us at HSPS!
Chad Johnson, Senior Education Specialist for NPPD, was here on Monday, Oct 23rd, to give orientation tours to students and teachers on Nebraska Public Power District’s Mobile MakerSpace Lab. The NPPD Mobile MakerSpace Lab visited Hay Springs School for two weeks this month. The Lab is part of the Nebraska Public Power District’s Pathways to a Technical Future program and has been on loan to schools around the state for two years. The MakerSpace visits a limited number of schools each year and only one visit per school. The MakerSpace heads to Scottsbluff Middle School next.
The Lab includes four types of stations: Make it You, Make it New, Make it Do, and Make an Impact.
Make it DO stations includes a Robotics Innovation Lab, MakeyMakey and Rasberry PI Lab, and an Electronics Lab. What can you DO with the equipment at each station. Ideas involve logic, programming, and creation.
Make it NEW stations include Afinia H800 3D printer, Carvey 3D CNC machine, Engineering Workshop. Students can create new item or adapt designs from other sources.
Make an IMPACT stations include a Sensor Station and Smart Home Internet of Things. Students have experimented with a temperature sensor and a camera-IPad that creates pictures based on temperature.
Make it YOU includes a Cameo cutting machine and a Virtual Reality setup. Students have be making vinyl cutouts to decorate various items. After viewing several VR videos students can use the 360 degree camera to create their own VR video.
The MakerSpace is aimed at Middle-Level and High School students. However, upper elementary students had the opportunity to interact with some of the stations. Parents were invited to check out the MakerSpace during Parent-Teacher conferences.
Thank you for joining us Grandparents!!