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Glasgow Showcase - Bionic Arm

Glasgow Showcase - Bionic Arm 

December 15, 2015 Baton Rouge, LA - Team Trace Security wrapped up their mentor session at Glasgow Middle School. For their project, they led the students in designing and building a bionic arm. The arm was constructed out of wood and was powered by a hydraulic system. The students also engineered a circuit system, that would trigger a buzzer to go off when the arm touched something.

Congrats to all the students and mentors on a job well done! More photos below. 

 

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Sherwood Showcase (Aid Drop Packages & Robots)

Sherwood Showcase

December 15, 2015 Baton Rouge, LA - Team Louisiana Women in Technology completed their mentor project at Sherwood Middle Academic Magnet School today. The project centered on creating an efficient aid drop package that could withstand an impact from a hight. For the student showcase, Mrs. Arceneaux's robotics class programmed robots to carry and deliver a 3D printed aid package. The students build a course and a ramp for their robots to navigate, and tested their 3D printed aid drop packages from a significant hight. 

Congratulations to this awesome mentor team and great group of students! Great job everyone. Check out more photos from the day below. 

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Sherwood Showcase

Sherwood Showcase

December 15, 2015 Baton Rouge, LA - Team Louisiana Women in Technology completed their mentor project at Sherwood Middle Academic Magnet School today. The project centered on creating an efficient aid drop package that could withstand an impact from a hight. For the student showcase, Mrs. Arceneaux's robotics class programmed robots to carry and deliver a 3D printed aid package. The students build a course and a ramp for their robots to navigate, and tested their 3D printed aid drop packages from a significant hight. 

Congratulations to this awesome mentor team and great group of students! Great job everyone. Check out more photos from the day below. 

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Broadmoor Showcase

Broadmoor Showcase

December 10, 2015 Baton Rouge, LA - Team Louisiana Technology Park completed their mentor lesson on vertical farming at Broadmoor Middle School. As their final showcase product, students created their own fully functioning vertical farm. The structure is composed of three levels and rooms. Each room has a light source and light diffusers to reflect light to the plants. The vertical farm also has its own fully functioning watering system. A pump sits in a reservoir of water and pumps water through tubes, dripping water on every plant. Congratulations students on this awesome vertical farm! Great work! 

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Southeast Showcase

Southeast Showcase

December 11, 2015 Baton Rouge, LA - Team Sparkhound completed their mentor project today on viruses and how they spread into epidemics. Students finished the lesson by discussing the spread of disease and how to reduce the number of people that catch it. They also wrote, storyboarded, filmed, edited, and screened their own PSA announcements! Students acted out skits, came up with slogans, made posters, and even rapped to get their message across on how to reduce the spread of disease. All the projects were outstanding and gave good tips about how to keep yourself safe from the virus. 

Thanks Team Sparkhound! You all did a great job and were amazing mentors. And congrats Southeast students, great work on the projects! Check out the photos from the day below. 

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Brookstown Showcase

Brookstown Showcase

December 8, 2015 Baton Rouge, LA - Team IBM wrapped up their bioplastics mentor project at Brookstown Middle Magnet Academy. For this project, students were given the task to create recipes to engineer a bioplastic. Materials used included, corn starch, glycerin, agar, and more. The students tested different recipes with different proportions. Today, they examined their final product after it had time to dry. There was cracking, but the students learned all about the engineering process and the pros and cons to bio vs regular plastics. 

Great work everyone! Good way to wrap up the year. Check out more photos below. 

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UPdate - Glasgow and Trace Engineer Circuits

UPdate - Glasgow and Trace Engineer Circuits

December 8, 2015 Baton Rouge, LA - Team Trace Security retuned to Glasgow to continue work on their bionic arm project. Today, students learned about and engineered their own circuits. The circuits powered various types of buzzers and were powered by batteries and switches. Students experimented with carrying the current through different objects and materials, and creating single and parallel circuit layouts. Circuits are used in many engineered devices, and could be used as signaling components on bionic arms. 

Great job students! Keep up the good work everyone! More photos below. 

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Glasgow Check In

Glasgow Check In 

December 4, 2015 Baton Rouge, LA - Today we checked in on Team Trace Security mentoring at Glasgow Middle School. Team Trace is leading a project focused on creating a bionic arm! In today's lesson, students created arms using principles of simple machines and hydraulics. The arms were crafted out of balsa wood and syringes and tubes filled with water. The goal was to have to arm open and close. All teams were successful and created arms with the appropriate range of motion. 

Next lesson, the students will move on to using circuits to create an arm powered by electricity! Check out below for more photos! 

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First Day of Mentoring - Capitol

First Day of Mentoring - Capitol

November 20, 2015 Baton Rouge, LA - Team Louisiana Economic Development started mentoring at Capitol Middle School today. Team LED's lesson will be on engineering recycled race cars. For the first lesson, they covered the engineering process and students engineered a notecard tower that had to support a weight. All the towers were successful, and it was a great first day of mentoring before Thanksgiving break. 

Happy Thanksgiving all! Keep up those STEM skills! 

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UPdate - Broadmoor Vertical Farms

UPdate - Broadmoor Vertical Farms

November 19, 2015 Baton Rouge, LA - Team Louisiana Technology Park returned to Broadmoor Middle to continue their vertical farming project. Today, students worked on creating water transport systems and light scattering boxes. The water transport systems took water from a "reservoir" and used a pump to deposit water in containers of varied heights. The light scatter boxes utilized mirrors to reflect light to plants from an indirect source. Creative ideas to solve issues that arise in vertical farming! 

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UPdate - Sherwood

UPdate - Sherwood 

November 18, 2015 Baton Rouge, LA - Today, Team LaWIT worked with Sherwood Middle Magnet Academy students to engineer air drop packages with parachutes. This is the second to last mentor session for Team LaWIT at Sherwood. Today, the students improved their designs and added the parachute component to their projects. The designs were then tested from a 10 foot drop. All the designs were successful this session! Congrats everyone! The next mentor session will be the final showcase, where the students will add a final component and share their results and experiences. 

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UPdate - Broadmoor

UPdate - Broadmoor 

November 13, 2015 Baton Rouge, LA - Today, Team Louisiana Technology Park continued their STEM mentoring lesson at Broadmoor Middle School. For this visit, the team talked more about vertical farming technology and the students designed and engineered their own vertical farming planters out of recycled materials. The students will continue to test their designed in the upcoming weeks by monitoring the growth and health of their plants. No two designs were the same, but they all followed the basic principles of what vertical farming is all about. Keep checking in to see what these agricultural engineers will do next!

More photos below. 

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UPdate - Brookstown

UPdate - Brookstown 

November 13, 2015 Baton Rouge, LA - Today, Team IBM worked with Brookstown Middle Magnet Academy students to engineer bioplastics! Bioplastics are made from natural, plant based materials and are a more environmentally friendly alternative to standard plastics. In today's lesson, students tested different recipes to make their own bioplastics. They will return next session to observe and test to see which plastic recipe was more effective. Team IBM also review what is a technology and the engineering process. They also did a group discussion on polymers. A great, fun, and innovative lesson! Can't wait to see how these student made plastics come out! 

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UPdate - Southeast

UPdate - Southeast 

November 12, 2015 Baton Rouge, LA - Today, Team Sparkhound continued to teach Southeast Middle Magnet students about viruses, outbreaks, epidemics, and disease control. The students deigned and engineered their own viruses and tossed them at a model cell to see which had the best receptors and could adhere. The model cells were made out of small paper cups, string, beads, and velcro for the "receptors." The model cell also had velcro on it in different patterns. This lesson offers a good visual representation of how viruses infect cells by attaching with specific receptors. It is a great lesson in learning how a virus causes infection! Not all of the viruses attached on the first try, because the velcro didn't match up or was not place in the proper place, similar to how a human may be exposed to a virus and not catch it. 

Looking forward to the rest of the work from this group! Check out more photos below! 

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Final Showcase - Westdale

Final Showcase - Westdale

November 10, 2015 Baton Rouge, LA - Today Team Our Lady of the Lake College finished their mentor session at Westdale Middle School and held a student showcase. In this lesson, students learned about the brain, designed and built a crash helmet, tested the helmet from a second floor drop, and developed a marketing plan. This STEMup lesson was held in a P.E. class, which tied in the relevance of protection in sports. All of the student designed helmets were very successful in their tests, and groups were eager to offer suggestions and improvements. 

The showcase also had a special guest speaker and former LSU Tiger cornerback, Tre' Sullivan. Sullivan discussed his own experiences with sports injuries as an LSU football player and the necessary need to reduce concussions and other sports related injuries. 

Thank you to all the STEM mentors on Team OLOL College and to Tre' Sullivan for inspiring students and making a difference in STEM education. 

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Final Showcase - Park Forest

Final Showcase - Park Forest 

November 9, 2015 Baton Rouge, LA - Today Team Cisco wrapped up their mentor session at Park Forest Middle School. For this lesson, students designed and built race cars out of recycled materials and created test tracks to see which designs worked the best. This lesson covered essential principles of force, motion, and simple machines like a wheel and axel. Congrats to everyone, and thank you to our wonderful mentors from this team! This would not have been possible without our amazing volunteers from Cisco, LSU, BDPA, Transformyx, Girl Scouts Louisiana East, and the community. You have made an important impact in STEM education and we greatly appreciate it. 

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Thank you to: Pat Cavell, Karen Sirman, Reatha Wright, Suresh Rai, Kamilah Stroy, Molly Evans, Deneil Brown, Brett Brock, Loy Evans. 

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First Day of Mentoring - Broadmoor

First Day of Mentoring - Broadmoor 

November 5, 2015 Baton Rouge, LA - Today the Louisiana Tech Park Team launched at Broadmoor Middle School! During this unit, students will act as agricultural engineers, designing technologies that will solve our planet's future agricultural challenges. The students will experiment with crop production through the use of new technology, such as vertical farms. In their first challenge, students engineered a water collection tower out of notecards. It was a great start and everyone seems very excited to move forward with this lesson. 

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Engineer IT 2015 Success!

Engineer IT 2015 Success!

October 29, 2015 Baton Rouge, LA - Engineer IT 2015 was a great success Thursday, October 29 from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Lee Magnet High School, 4510 Bawell St. The theme of the event was “Invasive Species: A Challenge to the Environment, Economy and Society,” bringing together EBR 8th graders, who had been nominated by their middle schools, to engineer a solution to combat invasive species in Louisiana. The event was co-sponsored by Louisiana Women in Technology (LaWIT) and the Foundation for East Baton Rouge School System (EBRSS), with CK Associates, IBM and Lee High.

The goal of the event was to increase student interest in STEM and preparedness for the STEM workforce. Mentored by a local engineering firm, students had a unique opportunity to actively explore and address a relevant environmental problem and at the same time gain greater insight into the life of a working STEM professional. This event also served as an opportunity for teams to prep for participation in the 2016 Louisiana Envirothon, hosted by the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ). 

“No doubt, the long term growth and success of our economy, right here in the Capital Area, will depend on strengthening and diversifying our skilled workers. And that’s our common goal here,” says Sara Moore, co-founder of LaWIT and Environmental Scientist with CK Associates. “We want to inspire these students, to give them a shot at those exciting and rewarding careers, by showing them firsthand what a future in STEM has to offer.” 

“The environmental education focus of the project raises awareness of issues impacting the environment upon which we all depend, as well as actions we can take to improve and sustain it. Environmental engineering is a great example of a growing STEM career path,” says Kim Fossey, program director for STEMup Baton Rouge, an initiative of the Foundation for EBRSS. “Engineer IT day is a wonderful example of nonprofits and local industry taking a role in improving our local education and creating opportunities for students to tackle STEM projects outside of the classroom.” 

Check out some photos from the event! 

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First Day of Mentoring - Southeast

First Day of Mentoring - Southeast

October 23, 2015 Baton Rouge, LA - Today Team Sparkhound along with Albemarle started STEM mentoring at Southeast Middle Magnet. This is STEMup's second time mentoring at Southeast in Mr. Farrar's class and it was again another successful day. 

This class will be focusing on the spread of disease and pandemics for their semester long project. For their first challenge, they were tasked to create a quarantine box. The challenge was to create an environment where they could pour a virus sample (UV powder) into a petri dish without having the virus escape from the box. To test, a UV flashlight was used to reveal traces of powder that escaped the box, fell on the table, or remained on hands. Most students were able to contain the majority of the virus, but a few traces did escape! Time for more improvement for next session (if we survive). 

For the second half of the lesson, students tested soap, hand sanitizer, and antibacterial soap in petri dishes to see which will prevent the growth of bacteria. We will check back in a few weeks to see the results. 

Check out more photos below of our mentor day! 

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IBM leads Water Run Off Experiment with McKinley Students

4th Annual IT Girls Creative Coding Day

Last week on St. Patrick’s Day, seventy girls representing middle schools all over town were lucky enough to attend the fourth annual IT-Girls Creative Computing event.  Sponsored by Louisiana Women in Technology and supported by STEMup Baton Rouge and the Foundation for East Baton Rouge School System, the goal of the program is to introduce girls to the field of information technology by exploring programming tools like Scratch and JavaScript (p5.js).  In addition to the fun coding challenges that included game and web design products, the girls were also exposed to over 30 volunteers representing either IT companies or career fields.  Big thanks goes out to key sponsors who included Louisiana Tech Park, Geocent, Sparkhound, General Informatics, New Aperio, NexusLA, Giraphics, K&J Home Services and the Foundation for East Baton Rouge School System.  We also wish to thank Costco, Bet-R and Whole Foods who supplied snacks for the day.