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STEAM For High School - Spring semester

Tinker, code, and innovate using the LEGO Spike Kit



Tara Klutts


Class size:

minimum 6, maximum 10


Additional fees:

$50 materials fee


Class options: (Meets once/week)

(Tues-4) 1:30-2:50 (Spring only)


Pre-requisites for class:

curiosity and tenacity!


Graduation requirement:


  • Course Description

How many robots did you encounter today? How many times did you find or access information in a digital format? Chances are you used over a dozen technology-based tools before lunch. Imagine what inventions have yet to be discovered. How will your student play a part in the future of innovation?


The HS STEAM Lab is a place for students to work collaboratively to innovate, code, build models, and solve problems. Potential projects are building cars that can navigate a “city”, designing and coding a robotic puppet, and designing an amusement park ride. More importantly than robots and coding, your student will learn persistence, how to look at a problem from a different angle, and how to have FUN doing it!


What is STEAM? (And how will we use it in class?)


STEAM stands for science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics.  Throughout the year we will apply an integrated approach of research, design, coding, and applied mathematics.  

  • Required Books & Materials
  • Composition notebook

  • Pencils

  • Classwork / Homework

During class, your student will use LEGO technic pieces to construct a variety of robotic machines. They will learn how to use a SCRATCH-based coding program to program their machines (with the potential to learn PYTHON for advanced students). Almost all grades will be provided based on in-class participation during robot builds, brainstorming sessions, and group activities.


Assignments outside of class will focus on written reflections from the week’s work, designs for upcoming projects, and research related to their projects.


Approximate time for homework each week outside of class: 1-2 hours

Contact the instructor if you have additional questions.
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