Greenfield Elementary School students learn about STEM

David Dewitt shows fourth-grade students, from left, Nathan Slocomb, Andre Rodriguiz, Carter Morell, Jesse Fornier and Israel Hicks how to use the 3D printer which was coded to print their original drawings.

David Dewitt shows fourth-grade students, from left, Nathan Slocomb, Andre Rodriguiz, Carter Morell, Jesse Fornier and Israel Hicks how to use the 3D printer which was coded to print their original drawings. PHOTO COURTESY CONVAL SCHOOL DISTRICT

Grade four student Israel Hicks creates a design to be recreated using a 3D printer during David Dewitt’s visit.

Grade four student Israel Hicks creates a design to be recreated using a 3D printer during David Dewitt’s visit. PHOTO COURTESY CONVAL SCHOOL DISTRICT

David Dewitt shows students, from left, Matthieu Iverson, Zinnia Johnson, Kolton Kokal, Lana Buchanan and Gabriel Sutton how to code the robot, Mtiny, using a remote control and track to help Mtiny follow the path.

David Dewitt shows students, from left, Matthieu Iverson, Zinnia Johnson, Kolton Kokal, Lana Buchanan and Gabriel Sutton how to code the robot, Mtiny, using a remote control and track to help Mtiny follow the path. PHOTO COURTESY CONVAL SCHOOL DISTRICT

From left, first-graders Kayla Fornier, Matthieu Iverson, Zinnia Johnson, Kolton Kokal and Lana Buchanan engage with Mtiny, the codeable robot.

From left, first-graders Kayla Fornier, Matthieu Iverson, Zinnia Johnson, Kolton Kokal and Lana Buchanan engage with Mtiny, the codeable robot. PHOTO COURTESY CONVAL SCHOOL DISTRICT

David Dewitt speaks to students, from left, Gunner Bishop, Jacqueline Hinton, Weston Buckley, Rosealia Young, Audrey Troy, Gabriel Schulz and Bridget Aleander about his codeable robot, Mtiny, and shows them how to code Mtiny to follow a certain path or pattern. 

David Dewitt speaks to students, from left, Gunner Bishop, Jacqueline Hinton, Weston Buckley, Rosealia Young, Audrey Troy, Gabriel Schulz and Bridget Aleander about his codeable robot, Mtiny, and shows them how to code Mtiny to follow a certain path or pattern.  —PHOTO COURTESY CONVAL SCHOOL DISTRICT

Published: 12-07-2023 9:00 AM

Modified: 12-11-2023 2:15 PM


Greenfield Elementary School recently participated in STEM interactive learning programs courtesy of retired engineer David Dewitt of Dublin.

Dewitt visited students in kindergarten through fourth grade and presented STEM workshops. With students in kindergarten through third grade, Dewitt shared his codeable robot, Mtiny. Dewitt showed students how to program the robot by using codeable blocks and a remote control. The remote is used to scan certain blocks, transferring directional information to the robot to tell it what path to follow.

Students then watched as the robot followed their coded instructions.

Students in grade four had the opportunity to work with Dewitt to bring their ideas to life. In collaboration with Greenfield Elementary art teacher Justin Melle, students created original works of art that will be printed in 3D using a 3D printer provided by Dewitt. The framed art will be put on display in the GES foyer, and ultimately will go home with students.

The goal of these visits and presentations was to show students a hands-on approach to STEM learning. By seeing code and their ideas come to life, students were able to explore the importance of STEM.

“We wanted to give students an opportunity to experience what STEM learning is and what it could be,” Principal Shawne Hilliard stated. “On behalf of Greenfield Elementary, I would like to thank Mister. Dewitt for coming to our school and sharing his insight and engaging with students.”

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