Davis Academy sixth- and seventh-grade tech leaders were selected to present to educators from around the state recently at the Georgia Educational Technology Conference Nov 7. Students Drew Kaufman, Blake Cohen, Jake Barras, Adam Ress, Avi Nebel, Zach Rindsberg, Micah Kopelman, and Adam Greenstein shared their technology projects built with a combination of recycled materials and cutting-edge technology tools, creating an interactive exhibit that showcased their resourcefulness.
Student projects included:
Mini Mac computer coded with Python, a programming language platform;
SunCam that uses solar power to take photos;
Fresnel lens mask that when worn, enlarges the head of the person wearing it;
Robotic switch-operated machine that has a randomized reaction to its switch each time it is flipped;
Walking robot coded with mblock programming software;
Robot made of recycled materials and programmed with Visual Create Basic software;
Hacked Finch robot programmed to be a scavenger device in a dystopian society. It was created in conjunction with a featured book from The Davis Academy book club, “The Wild Robot,” by Peter Brown.
To create their technology projects, students worked in teams of two and curated project ideas from technology-focused resources within a set budget. Student projects required that they improve upon and grow their knowledge of coding, engineering and design.
To ensure project objectives were met and to document their progress throughout their projects, students created 3D modeled prototypes and stop-motion videos outlining their project journey. Not only did this documentation give insight into the creation process when students presented at GaETC, but it also helped them further appreciate their end product and the hard work it took to get there.
When asked what he gained from presenting at GaETC, seventh-grader Adam Greenstein shared that it: “not only gave me the opportunity to share my passion for technology with others, but it also gave me the chance to hone my skills in teaching and in giving presentations.”
Elaborating upon what Adam shared, Davis’ 21st Century Learning Coordinator Stacy Brown said, “It was so rewarding to see our students, who share a love for innovation and technology, become the experts in the room as they taught adult learners and educators about their project details, shared tech advice, and provided tips for technology implementation in the classroom.”