Engineering Design Lab & Robotics Thrive at JMMS

The engineering and robotics program at Joan MacQueen Middle School leads students through the engineering design process as they design, build, test, modify and program robots to achieve specific tasks. Students apply math and science concepts, practice critical thinking and engage in research as they work to solve problems based on real-world situations.

In November 2016, six JMMS robotics teams participated in a local FIRST Lego League qualifying competition and one team advanced to the regional championship held at Legoland in Carlsbad. Joan MacQueen is actively pursuing funding and grants to support teacher training, curriculum development, and the purchase of needed technology. Alpine Education Foundation is an integral partner with our program- a huge shout out of thanks to everyone at AEF!

Engineering and Robotics teacher, Diana Tompkins, works closely with JMMS Principal, Mr. Casey Currigan, as members of the newly formed “National STEM/Robotics Educators Consortium.” This group, which includes members from SPAWAR, Mississippi Robotics, and educators from across the nation, meets monthly to brainstorm how to best integrate STEM/STEAM and robotics learning in the math and science curriculum.