21st Century STEM Lab

21st Century Equipment brought their STEM Mobile Learning Lab to Hay Springs Public School on Monday!  The students learned about GPS(Global Positioning System) and how it is used to automatically guide farm equipment…or in this case, a lawn tractor!  GPS is also used to help gather yield information from crops so that chemicals, fertilizer, and water can be applied more effectively.  Students were able to drive the lawn tractor to map a path and then a different student was able to make the lawn tractor follow the exact same path without having to touch the steering wheel!  In addition to learning about GPS, students were also able to learn a bit about solar panels and how solar energy can be used to power electric fences and even stock wells.  The drone was a favorite of many students as well!  While they weren’t able to fly the drone themselves, they were able to put on a “VR Headset” and see what the drone saw when it was flying high in the air over their heads.  Drones can be used to do spot spraying in fields to eliminate weeds and insects.  Finally, students were able to play with a interactive topographical map inside the trailer.  A huge thank you to David from 21st Century for spending the day at Hay Springs Public School!

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