Redesigning the Umbrella

The Style Engineers took on a designing for purpose project the first week of school that involved redesigning an umbrella to be able to handle unusual items falling from the sky, like green pond slime, golf balls, $100 bills and, of all things, chipmunks! The team had to decide if the items that were falling…

This Week in the iLab

We had a fantastic week in the iLab! Students worked on everything from Robotics, to design building challenges with random materials, to re-designing an umbrella to protect the user from all forms of rain, including golf balls, pond slime, $100 bills, and chipmunks… can you imagine it raining chipmunks..? Well our middle schoolers can, and…

Welcome Back, iLab-ers!

I am so excited to get back in the iLab after a very eventful summer for my family. We were super busy with two trips to Florida, my daughter getting engaged, and the the birth of my precious granddaughter! It was crazy but awesome at the same time. I missed you all, and have great…

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…