The eighth graders started off the week with an afternoon at Early College Alliance (ECA) at Eastern Michigan University. This was our sixth high school visit so far this year. On Friday, eighth graders visited Washtenaw International High School (WIHI), concluding our high school visits for 2017. In February, we’ll head to Huron High.
We’ve continued to be busy exploring with the Arduinos in science class. In addition to working with the Arduinos (and related components, such as sensors and motors), Sam has also been teaching the students about electricity, circuits, voltage, resistance, current, and Ohm’s law. On Thursday, we visited the UM School of Engineering Design Expo, where SK students spent the afternoon learning about a wide variety of UM engineering students’ projects and engaging in conversations with the UM student presenters. The 7-8s were excited to see that many of the UM students’ projects used Arduinos, too.
Three of our students’ proposals were selected to be part of the Michigan Student Caucus platform. As such, they will present their proposals at a special hearing in Lansing next week with a committee of state legislators. They’ll also be sharing their proposals at next Friday’s morning meeting (12/15).
Students are also making their way into Vonnegut’s first novel, Player Piano. The themes of the novel, including the role of technology in society, the future of an automated world, and the tension between humans and the machines they create and use, are becoming even more relevant as we delve into our current project on autonomous vehicles.