FALL RIVER – Atlantis Charter School’s (ACS) new High School hopes to inspire students to become “makers” through use of robotics and other activities centered around science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics programs (STEAM).
With this in mind ACS will dive into the Fall River Makers Movement with hands on activities centered around land and sea-based robotics as part of the First Annual Southcoast MA Mini Maker Faire to be held at the Fall River YMCA on Sunday, September 18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
At the event students and adults will be able to drive underwater robots through an obstacle course pool side or with other robots used in their interactive curriculum.
“Atlantis Charter School plans to establish a best-practice 9-12 urban public high school that leverages the spirit of transformative systemic change that is rooted in establishing personalized, student-centered small-learning communities (PSC-SLC’s),” said Robert Beatty, Executive Director of ACS. “Maker Fairs do just that and in their own way, they are visionary examples of the PSC-SLC concept.”
The PSC-SLC model is an amalgamation of two different pedagogies that focus on changing the traditional model of education, where it is an individual endeavor with a classroom centered on the teacher, to a collaborative one allowing students to work at their own level and learning through their strengths.
The pairing between the schools goals and those of the Makers movement is too strong for ACS to resist.
“Simply put, is a simple but powerful “playbook” that prioritizes the “students first” agenda with an engaging classroom-focused learning environment where teachers, parents and community partners are the most valuable resources,” said Beatty. “Where a community of learners possess an unrelenting resolve and dedication to continuous improvement.”
There are two programs in particular that they are hoping to highlight through this program. The first highlights Blue Technology (very popular in this region)– research that focuses on technology meant to be deployed in marine environments – through the SeaPerch Program.
SeaPerch focuses on guiding students to the creation of a remote operated vehicle for use in the water that they will work on inside and outside of school and in-school setting.
“The SeaPerch Program provides students with the opportunity to learn about robotics, engineering, science, and mathematics (STEM) while building an underwater ROV as part of a science and engineering technology curriculum,” according to the SeaPerch website. “Throughout the project, students will learn engineering concepts, problem solving, teamwork, and technical applications.”
SeaPerch is supported through grants and training provided by the Raytheon Corporation.
The second area robotics will be presented at the Southcoast MA Mini Maker Faire will be using Ergobot’s, which are a small controllable robotic platforms with wheels motors and controllers and adaptable for a variety of sensors and other cool gadgets. Typically you drive them from a handheld device like an iPad. Participants will be able to navigate through a variety of interactive activities and compete for rewards.
Through their hands on robotics activities and other STEAM curriculum, Atlantis Charter School is hoping to instill a culture of making within the students who pass through their programs. Since the Southcoast MA Mini Maker Faire is an event focused precisely on making, it was an opportunity ACS feels was important for their mission and commitment to growing an innovative and unique area high school program.
“The Maker Faire is a fun way for our students to learn how to experiment, troubleshoot potential mistakes, strive for continuous improvements, and learn how to persevere so that their ideas can become successful,” said Beatty. “The Maker Faire will provide a unique opportunity for our students to learn about and share their personal vision and passion for applying their hands on skills to create, design, fabricate, and test their ideas and inventions.
“By doing so they can also learn how to become expert problem solvers, as they will quickly learn that even the best ideas don't always work the first time,” he concluded.
For more information about the Southcoast Mini Maker Faire and the planned activities visit. http://southcoastminimakerfaire.com
The Southcoast MA Mini Maker Faire is put on by a volunteer committee and supported by the following community partners and sponsoring organizations:
Make Magazine, Fall River YMCA, Atlantis Charter School, UMass Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, SNEEF (Southern New England Entrepreneur Forum), The Business Innovation Center, CNP Integrations, Mallard Printing, Fall River Community TV, Bristol Community College, Aha Fall River, Narrows Center for the Arts, Tinker Bristol, City of Fall River, TJ’s Music, The Childeren’s Museum, EforAll, Northeast Engravers Suppoy Co.
And many more…
Maker Faire is the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth—a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker Movement. It’s a place where people show what they are making, and share what they are learning.
Makers range from tech enthusiasts to crafters to homesteaders to scientists to garage tinkerers. They are of all ages and backgrounds. The aim of Maker Faire is to entertain, inform, connect and grow this community.
The original Maker Faire event was held in San Mateo, CA and in 2016 celebrated its eleventh annual show with some 1300 makers and 150,000 people in attendance. World Maker Faire New York, the other flagship event, has grown in five years to 900+ makers and 90,000 attendees. Thirty-two larger scale Maker Faires occur in cities around the world—Detroit, Atlanta, Berlin, Paris, Rome, Tokyo, and Shenzhen to name a few— and over 150 community-driven, independently organized Mini Maker Faires are now being produced in the United States and in 34 other countries around the world.
For info about the Southcoast MA Mini Maker Faire:
Contact Chris Nielsen: 401-662-1035
A national movement to grow a community of makers is now looking to make Fall River a Gateway to the Future with the launch of the First Annual Southcoast MA Mini Maker Faire. Join and contribute to building the local maker community by answering our Call to Makers.
Become a community partner to show, tell and share your experiences of new technologies, your inspiring notions of the future, and performances that reflect our creativity, cultural heritage and Fall River’s history of creation.
Bring your ideas, creations and technology to showcase Smart Soft goods like smart clothing and accessories, Blue Tech that advances marine sciences and Smart Cities technologies that integrate the world we live in with the internet. Share experiences that will inspire innovations and forge the future of our communities.
Share your robots, gizmos and inventions. Promote your work as an artisan, crafter, maker, technologist, or performer and inspire a new generation of learners in the fields of S.T.E.A.M. education (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics).
To apply for participation go to our web site: http://southcoastminimakerfaire.com
All submissions must be in by August 15th. We will contact you for acceptance and placement.
This is the fifth in a series of profiles on the Business Innovation Center team:
Education: Ahmedbad Institute of Technology (Bachelor), Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India, UMass Dartmouth Computer Science
Q: How is it that you got involved in your field?
A: When I was a tiny-taught, I had an occasion to visit my dad’s bank in Ahmedabad, in the year 1996. I clearly remember that visit cause it was the first time, I was introduced to the computer. I became fascinated with them and this fascination was so strong that when I started my high school education, I was determined to remain tagged to a computer forever. Working with computers is what made me happy and I turned this into a professional career in computer engineering.
Q: So banking got you into programming?
A: That visit got me interested but I was mostly interested in games at first.
Q: What are some of the goals you have your life?
A: After getting my Masters I want to become a project manager. I plan on working here in the States for a little bit and then, after getting experienced, I want to develop my own firm back home in India.
Q: Who are some figures in history that you look up to?
A: I’d have to say Mahatma Gandhi and Steve Jobs.
Q: Those are two very different people. Why them?
A: Gandhi was a man of peace and tranquility. Intellectually, he educated me that taking the path of peaceful non-cooperation and 'Satyagraha' will give anyone iron will with true vision I admire Gandhi’s honesty, constructive use of anger, tremendous vision, innovation, creativity and selflessness.
Steve Jobs had an outstanding ability to think profoundly and make things truly basic and useful, constantly searching for the better ways to do things, persistent at keeping the things he found interesting.
Both Mahatma Gandhi and Steve Jobs were able to associate with their followers through their leadership styles, which empowered them to execute their dreams of being effective pioneers. Both the pioneers were visionary.
Q: What’s your favorite book?
A: Wings of Fire: An Autobiography by Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen (A.P.J.) Abdul Kalam
Q: Favorite movie?
A: Three Idiots
Q: Favorite music?
A: Any instrumental music.
This is our fourth in a series of profiles for the BIC Youth Outreach Team:
Kevin G. Andrade
School: Rhode Island College and the University of Arizona
Course: History, Political Science, Latin American Studies
Q: How is it that you got involved in this field?
A: I remember my dad always taking me to the library and talking to me about random historical events in American history. I memorized all the presidents of the U.S. by the time I was in second grade and the interest just grew and expanded from there.
Q: Do you have any moments as a teacher that particularly stand out to you?
A: Yes. A few years ago I was a substitute teacher in Rhode Island, working in an inner city school district, I was on my first assignment and it was for a high-school special ed class.
These kids went across the spectrum from autism disorders to violent outbursts. I was terrified and in over my head yet was lucky enough to have one teacher lend me a hand. Although the moment came when he needed a hand because there was a new student who just moved from Puerto Rico and did not speak English. So he sent me, her, and one other Puerto Rican student who spoke English into another room to work.
This other student was a girl who was always shouting out in the middle of class and showing absolutely no interest in her education. I was worried that this would be a problem. However, in an effort to get the two students interested in their education, I chose to speak to them on the history of P.R. under U.S. rule. You should’ve seen how this girl got into everything. It was like night and day. At one moment disinterested and now, all of a sudden, asking questions and actually engaged with the material.
The next day, she came running up to me yelling, “Mister! Mister! Last night I was talking with my dad about all the stuff you were telling us about and he said you were right. He asked me, ‘who’s this new guy? You better treat him well!’”
That is by far my proudest moment as a teacher.
Q: Is there anyone in your field that you look to for inspiration?
A: Well, I’m actually a trained journalist and because of that, I am a huge fan of Bob Simon. The man was in the field for decades before his death and was not afraid to take risks. He reported from Vietnam, and was even taken prisoner by the Hussein regime in Iraq during the run-up to Operation Desert Storm. To me, he is the epitome of speaking truth to power; the epitome of journalism. It was that sense of adventurism that led me to my time working at the U.S. – Mexico border.
Q: Favorite Movie?
A: I have three: Pan’s Labyrinth, Wadjda and The Shawshank Redemption.
Q: Favorite music?
A: I have very eclectic tastes yet if I were forced to choose, I’d say salsa and bachata. I love to dance to that stuff.
Q: What about life goals?
A: I just want to be the best journalist that I can be and tell the stories of those who do not have a voice.