Little Singer Community School collaborates with Tufts University
As part of the Tech and Play Initiative funded by The LEGO Foundation, Tufts University Center for Engineering Education and Outreach (CEEO) has been collaborating with Little Singer Community School (LSCS) for the past year. Project administrator Alison Earnhart has been joining Tom Tomas’ students via Zoom as they work through engineering challenges using LEGO SPIKE Prime robotics. In fall 2021, Alison was able to visit Little Singer Community School in person and brought with her Smart Motors – trainable motors that were recently developed by Tufts CEEO to be compatible with the LEGO SPIKE Prime robotics kits. During her visit, students tested out the Smart Motor prototype and local Diné filmmaker Keanu Jones filmed and documented the experience. His mini-documentary about the Smart Motor experiments (below) premiered on YouTube in late December.
The Tech and Play Initiative work is being expanding as part of The LEGO Foundation Playful Engineering-Based Learning (PEBL) grant as Tufts CEEO and KARMA will expand their reach to more classrooms at LSCS and more schools on Navajo Nation and Hopi Reservation.