Bell Shoals Baptist Academy
our students to excel | curiosity and experimentation | development of new skills
Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Education (STEM) is integrated into all grade levels at Bell Shoals Baptist Academy. We develop curriculum that helps students explore how things work and build problem solving skills as they engage in solving math and science engineering problems. Students gain access to technology resources with our computer classroom, laptops and IPads which are integrated with classroom lessons and activities enabling students to develop critical skills. As technology changes, Bell Shoals Baptist Academy curriculum will continue to evolve in order to provide our students with technical skills to enhance their education.
Age appropriate games and tasks that build fine motor skills are integrated into the computer courses for the kindergarten. Software and web-based activities such as Reflex math are utilized to reinforce core subjects for 1st through 3rd grade students. The higher grades learn proper keyboarding skills while becoming proficient on Microsoft Office programs which are used for integrated research projects for several core courses.
Our technology curriculum includes important lessons on acceptable use, computer ethics, and the impact of technology on society. Safety and proper online behavior is very important to the Academy and all students complete an age appropriate internet course before they are allowed on the computers. Students are always monitored while on the school computers and internet browsing is restricted to appropriate sites. We believe in the power of technology to enhance education and want to ensure our students are empowered to utilize this technology in a positive and productive manner.
The Bell Shoals Baptist Academy robotics courses utilize Lego sets which are optimized for classroom use and enable students to build, program, and test their solutions based on real-life robotics technology. Students will be working with Lego Mindstorms EV3 kits which are the third generation of robotics from Lego. The EV3 “brain” is a powerful small computer that makes it possible to control motors and collect sensor feedback. Students are encouraged to brainstorm in order to find creative solutions to problems and then develop them through a process of selecting, building, testing, and evaluating. This is also an excellent way of getting students to communicate with each other and cooperate as well as giving them hands-on experience with an array of sensors, motors, and intelligent units.
Bell Shoals Baptist Academy also has a competitive Robotics team, called Panther Tech, which formed in 2015. We compete as part of the FIRST LEGO League. We went all the way to Regionals our first year!
Robotics 601 (6th grade)
We will begin with the basic tank bot design as we learn how each of the various sensors and motors works and learn basic programming commands. As students become familiar with programming, they will be challenged to obstacle courses and more complex tasks. Once the basics have been covered, we will build a more complex robot to program.
Robotics 701 (7th grade)
We will delve into more advanced programming by creating flow charts to solve problems and translating this into programming code. We will tackle more complex robotic solutions and utilize multiple sensors complicating our programming code. We will discuss programming logic. Students will enjoy the freedom to create attachments for the basic robot.