Minnesota School STEM & Electronics

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Small Town K12 School STEM Program

Norman County East K12 Twin Valley & Gary MN 

I am the Technology Coordinator for Norman County East School District in Twin Valley and Gary Minnesota.

We are starting our 2nd year of our Tex (Tech Explorer) program and have expanded out to a full STEM program after having a successful 1st year.

The size of the district makes providing a broad range of elective classes a challenge but does not diminish the need to provide students with experiences that will help prepare them for the outside world. 

We have been supported by the Dekko Foundation  thru a local philanthropy student group called "Shock and Awe" with some funding coming from the school.

So far, over the last year, we have been able to set up 5 stations where students have access to Siglent 1202x-e Oscilloscopes, a bench power supply, a Hakko Soldering Station, a used computer with a webcam type microscope and a generic Multi-Meter and Signal Generator.

The students start by learning to solder properly, then on to creating electronic kits such as flashing LED's and sirens and move on to soldering up FM radio kits and mini-Tesla coils that vary the frequency of the spark to create music.

After becoming proficient with soldering and having a basic understanding of transistors, capacitors, inductors, leds, and basic use of bench equipment, they move on to microcontrollers. The students create small Bluetooth controlled Arduino based cars and then continue on to Raspberry PI  3+ programming using Python and a "ultimate kit" of goodies that they learn to interface with such as PIR sensors, Shift Registers, motors, LCD displays and such. Along the way, the students also learn to program MBOT robots and run them thru a maze using a "Scratch" type programming language that incorporates movement, a sonic sensor, audio, and lighting.

After all the groundwork is done, the students move on to participating in VEX Robotics .  Our school has been lucky enough to receive a grant for a 2nd Vex Robotics kit for our STEM class at the High School level and we have been approved for a couple Vex IQ kits thru grants for the middle school and elementary program all thru the Robotics Education & Competition Foundation & Northland College - Vex Robotics Program.

Right now, the class has 10 students and they are doubled up on 5 stations which limits their ability not only to learn but to also feel some ownership of the projects they create since none of them are doing 100% of the work.

I would like to expand our stations to a total of 10 so each kid can be in charge of their own station. This would be a duplicate of what we have.

Each station has the following costs: Oscilloscope $379, Bench Supply $80, Generic Multimeter $20, Anti-static Mat $30, Webcam based microscope $40, Lamp $25, Signal Generator $100, Used Computer / Screen $Free from schools stock, 1 year supply of Electronic Kits per station $200 for a total of $874 per station x 5 stations = $4370. We would also like to increase the number of MBOTS from 5 to 10 at a cost of $90 ea. for an overall total of $4820. All funds will go directly to our school and a thank you will be placed on the schools website. @ nce.k12.mn.us (A link to this crowdfunding is located at the bottom of the page) Thank You.
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