Teachers are introducing technology to elementary classrooms with Flutter, a program developed by Carnegie Mellon’s Community Robotics, Education and Technology Empowerment Lab.
Students in the Plum School District programmed microcontrollers and watched results, all while they learned math.
“I thought that was amazing,” second grader Jacob Cain said. “I learned that you have to follow what the numbers are.”
The electronics kit included wires, sensors, ports and LED bulbs. It connected through an app which was also developed through CMU to a Kindle table wirelessly.
“A microcontroller is like the brains of a robot,” said Jennifer Cross, CMU postdoctoral fellow. “This one’s one that we’re particularly trying to tailor for the younger ages.”
According to CMU senior research associate Emily Hamner, the visit was part of a study funded by the National Science and Claude Worrthington Benedum foundations. They previously took Flutter to schools in Fayette, Greene, and Washington counties, studying how it was used in elementary science.