HPU Hosts ‘Come Build with Us’ Field Trip for Elementary Students

HIGH POINT, N.C., April 12, 2019 – Ninety students from Hurley Elementary School experienced STEM, science, technology, engineering and math, education through a “Come Build with Us” field trip hosted by High Point University’s Stout School of Education.

HPU student Kelsey Cox (left), junior elementary education major and special education and Spanish minor, helped Margaret Leach (center) and Emily Ortiz Herrera (right), both from Hurley Elementary School, at the EV3 robot station.

The “Come Build with Us” LEGO field trip included activities with robotics, storytelling, brick math activities and LEGO robot battles.

“The students get an opportunity to have an informal education day where they’re learning about engineering and design and they’re not under a standard-based curriculum,” said Dr. Shirley Disseler, associate professor of education. “Their faces always light up, and it’s always exciting to watch them and their teacher’s reactions to how their students behave.”

Kelsey Cox, an HPU junior elementary education major and special education and Spanish minor, helped students operate the EV3 robot, which was one of the favorite stations.

“Interacting with these students is so fun,” said Cox. “It gives us the opportunity to work and talk with them and experience different age ranges.

Margaret Leach, a fifth grader at Hurley Elementary, worked with Cox on the EV3, which allowed her to work on her math skills and program the robot to pick up items.

“This was really exciting to see the robot drive down the track,” said Leach.

Another popular station was the battle bots where students programmed the robots to drive in an enclosed area to try to pop balloons. 

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