New Class: Style Engineers

Are you obsessed with Project Runway? Do you watch The Devil Wears Prada every time it is on TV? Do you have a creative flair and/or a unique style with your clothing that stands out in a crowd? Then we have the enhancement for you! Spend a semester in the iLab exploring the world of…

6th Grade STEM Storybook Challenge

These are some great moments from the 6th grade STEM Storybook Challenge! Mr. Finan and Mrs. Cusick challenged the students to create an interactive, wooden storybook for Early Childhood students based on the teacher’s favorite story. The students used the Stanford Design Thinking model to generate ideas, and then worked hard to create amazing “play…

Smartan Success!

I am so VERY proud of our WCS Smartan Robotics team! This team worked hard for 2hrs every Tuesday & Thursday night from January 22nd through the end of March, perfecting their programs & robots, and documenting their progress. Our 2019 Snocker Mindstorms competition was March 3oth at Wichita State University. I knew we would…

2019 Smartan Progressive Robotics

The 2019 Smartan PROGRESSIVE Robotics Team is in full swing, preparing for the Shocker Mindstorms Competition at Wichita State University at the end of March. The theme this year is a spin on Progressive Insurance… our plan is to go with the “Flo”! Our students have chosen to compete on four courses this year: Red’s…

2018 Lego Mindstorms Team

It is about time to sign up for our 2019 Smartan Lego Robotics Team. Last year we had great success at the Wichita State Shocker Mindstorms event, placing 1st in both Team Notebook and Team Display. We can’t wait to take a new team next year. We are currently looking for individuals who have in…

Design Challenge: ReDesign WCS

Students were challenged to consider what improvements they would make in the WCS Middle School to make school more attractive and student-friendly. They then built a virtual model of the school in Minecraft, and they are currently redesigning spaces within the model to reflect their ideas. Final pictures will follow soon, but here is a…

Robotics II: Pull Toy Project

Students in Robotics II are working on the creation of a pull toy using VEX robotics parts and gear mechanisms they have been learning about this semester. We have everything from tanks to rockets to a cat chasing a yarn ball! The students are really doing a great job applying their knowledge in preparation for…

Design & Modeling

This week, students were challenged to create a Foot Orthosis for young children with Cerebral Palsy in a Project Lead The Way Design Challenge. The goal was to prototype a device which would restrict the child from raising up on their toes in order to establish and train the muscles to create a more natural…

2017 Lego Mindstorms Team

The WCS Smartans had an amazing season this year! The team was made up of many students who were new to Lego programming, yet were gritty, hard workers. The team built for robots to compete at Wichita State University’s Shocker Mindstorms event in March. We were proud to win 1st place in three categories: Team…

Automation & Robotics: Mechanisms

The Automation and Robotics course is in full swing today, as students are beginning their first VEX build. The students have spent a week learning¬†about the concept of torque and gear ratios. Today,¬†they have been tasked with building 4 different types of mechanisms. Everyone built a simple gear train with or without an idler and…