- Associated Press - Saturday, July 8, 2017

LOGANSPORT, Ind. (AP) - A group of Logansport kids have spent part of the summer flying drones inside their summer school classroom, navigating through hoops and barriers, both for speed and precision.

For several years, Logansport Community School Corp. has had a summer school class for students from migrant families - children whose parents move with agriculture industries. The class teaches them STEM skills - science, technology, engineering and math.

“It’s a good group of kids,” instructor Bob Iles said. “They come in and they work pretty hard.”

The five-week-long class covers myriad topics, such as animals, science, nutrition and math.

Most recently, the students have learned about coding and how to fly drones. A few of the students have flown larger drones before outside, Iles said, but this is the first year for the smaller machines - called Parrot drones - that can be used indoors.

Ten-year-old Valeria Cortes said she’s learned how to code the drones using an iPad application. She can write in the direction the drone, such as up or down, as well as how many seconds the drone should move. The kids then have to navigate the obstacle course through Hula-Hoops and foam noodles by programming in the movements as well as manually using the iPad.

“I don’t even get to play around with stuff like this,” Iles said, who’s a math teacher. He’s one of about four summer school instructors for the migrant program.

Iles said the students learned how to fly drones and code in under a week.

“They’re always into it, and it’s just nice to see - it’s an experience that they’ve never had,” he said.

Valeria said she’s excited to use the coding skills she learned this summer next school year for her VEX robotics team at Landis Elementary School.

Elizabeth Sebastian, 12, said they’ve also researched animals in the summer school class. Valeria added that another project was to keep track of the amount of sugar in drinks. After someone drank a beverage in a bottle or can, they brought it into class and then put the amount of grams of sugar in the drink into a plastic bag in order to show sugar consumption.

The summer school also has a section for Pre-K through third-graders, where they’ve been working with Ollies, a robotic ball, in the hallways to show rate, speed and distance, Iles said.


Source: (Logansport) Pharos-Tribune, https://bit.ly/2tMujRv


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