Knox understands the value that STEM (Science, Technology, Mathematics, and Engineering) disciplines provide to our future leaders. In 2014, we established a dedicated space for a STEM lab, known as “Makerspace,” where students are exposed to hands-on, engaging classes, including: Robotics, Engineering and Exploring the Universe.
STEM Course Offerings
(264) Introduction to Robotics
This course introduces students to the world of robotics and programming. Beginning with the history of robotics, students come to an understanding of how robots function as an integral part of today’s society. Working in our STEM lab, students take a hands-on approach to the fundamentals of machine logic and automated problem solving with an emphasis on the basics of movement and physical interaction with the local environment. Open to Upper School students.
(262) Advanced Robotics
Advanced Robotics further explores robotic assembly, architecture, and capability, and careers available in the field. Through understanding the diversity and power of each area of robotics, students work collaboratively in a competitive proposal-solution environment. Learning will be fast-paced and hands-on, with real world problem solving at the center of the coursework. Open to Upper School students who have successfully completed Introduction to Robotics.
(268) Theory of Everything
The Theory of Everything is a project and discussion based science course dedicated to finding a better understanding of our place in the universe. Students will explore an all encompassing view of the universe as we know it, from the big bang to the theoretical heat death, and everything in between. The course will give both a macro and micro level overview of the many fields of science, including Astronomy, Astrophysics, Engineering etc. as well as an exploration of humanity’s story this far, and what the future might look like. With the lenses of the class covering so many fields of science, the discussion can be focused on the interests of the students.
(263) Engineering and Electronics
Students are introduced to mechanical, electrical, civil, and environmental engineering in this practical, innovative course designed to pique student interest in the field. Through investigation and exploration, students will complete basic engineering projects using hands-on training and real-life engineering solutions.
At Knox, rather than simply purchasing a 3D printer, instructor, Kaj Christianson felt that it would be more beneficial for the students to build a printer from scratch.