Harless Center to feature satellite projects for schools Monday

The June Harless Center for Rural Educational Research and Development, College of Education, will hold a year-end celebration showcasing Harless CREATE Satellite projects from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, April 15, in the Memorial Student Center, room BE-5.

Featured projects include the GigaPan Outreach Project, Arts and Bots, Children’s Innovation Project, and Waterbot.  GigaPan enables students to take panoramic images of their communities and activities and share them with their peers. Arts and Bots is a customized robot designed to integrate technology, literature, and history through the use of art supplies, circuit boards, lights, motors and sensors. Children’s Innovation Project allows children to explore and learn about electricity through hands-on engagement with a kit of components designed for young hands.  Utilizing this learning, children disassemble toys, identify components and then  reconfigure these internal components into new circuits. WaterBot is a citizen scientist project that prototypes a low-cost, easy and mobile method to monitor water quality, allowing communities, educators and children to monitor their watershed systems.

Harless CREATE Satellite projects provide rural Appalachian schools continuous and seamless access to technologies, educational resources and ideas generated at the CREATE Lab at Carnegie Mellon University. The grant, funded by the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation, makes it possible for  teachers to integrate cutting edge STEM technology into existing curriculum.

Schools involved in the project are from Cabell, Wayne, Mason, Randolph, Lincoln, Calhoun, Putnam, and Mingo counties as well as Lawrence County, Ohio.   This event is free and open to the public.  For more information, contact Carrie-Meghan Quick at quickblanco@marshall.edu or visit www.marshall.edu/harless.