academics_roboticsunderstanding [uhn-der-stan-ding]
  1. a mental grasp
  2. the power to make experience intelligible by applying concepts and categories
  3. a friendly or harmonious relationship

Our fifth graders put their knowledge of electricity and circuitry to work with the exciting new Hummingbird Robotics Kits. This robotics program was developed in Carnegie Mellon’s CREATE lab, and we utilize it in an arts, crafts, and engineering curriculum designed to appeal to girls as well as to boys. Most notably of all—as Learning and Leading with Technology Magazine puts it—the Hummingbird Robotics Kits increases students’ understanding of electronics and provides opportunities for creativity and design, unlike robotics kits “made by Lego and Vex which hide the electronics and limit students to set projects and materials.”


Our Engineering and Design Lab is stocked with abundant materials — some recycled and some purchased — for students to work with individually or in teams on a variety of eclectic hands-on missions linked to modular STEM/STEAM projects. In each assignment, students learn workplace skills such as problem solving, teamwork, communication, critical thinking, and creativity.