Edgecomb Eddy School assembled underwater robots, including learning to solder the control boards, and then enjoyed their creations at the swimming pool of the Boothbay YMCA. Science teacher Julie Browne lead both the soldering and the splashing! This was supported by a Gizmo Garden grant, though it was not a Gizmo Garden-designed curriculum.
Oceanside High in Rockland married art and electronics to create a Kinetic Sculpture. Sensors on a rooftop weather vane send signals to a microcontroller. The microcontroller then directs motors driving gears on a feather sculpture within a skylight. The feather sculpture twists with the wind! This was supported by a Gizmo Garden grant, though it is not a Gizmo Garden-designed curriculum.
Eighty students at Bristol Consolidated School created RoboPots -- artistic plant pots with the electronics that make them automatically self-watering. Science teacher Kevin Crafts and art teacher Andrea Cough teamed up to lead the learning. RoboPots is a Gizmo Garden-designed curriculum with Gizmo Garden-supplied parts kits, so check this schedule to find a free RoboPots program near you.
Additional schools who have received grants from Gizmo Garden include Nobleboro Central School, Windsor Elementary, St. John's in Brunswick, Winslow Elementary and Kingfield Elementary.