Florida Atlantic University High School is a team that came highly recommended for their work in past robotics/STEM competition. FAU High surpassed the initial praise that FSEC had given them, by winning the Fastest Lap Award, placing 4th in the overall race, and impressing the crowd with an IPad-powered presentation board.
However, just because they’re affiliated with an university doesn’t mean they can keep providing their students with the world-class education their university boasts about. Hear why STEM Coach Allan Phipps bring Hands-On STEM activities to his students.
Why do you as a teacher want to volunteer your time to coach your team?
This is what I do! I coach 10 FTC robotics teams, 6 SeaPerch Underwater ROV teams, 1 MATE ROV team, the GT-EV electric supercar team, two electrathon teams, and the HydroNEXgen H2AC team. I have a team of parents and undergraduate student volunteers that assist in managing all of these competitive STEM teams.
List any Curricular or Extra Curricular Clubs that you lead or have lead in the past:
Solar Knights at South Plantation High School, Students for Environmental Action, FTC robotics teams, SeaPerch, MATE, Electric Car, Electrathon, HydroNEXgen Fuel Cell RC Car Team, Drones, and more!
How will participating in this competition benefit your students’ familiarity with renewable energy & their opinions on further education and careers opportunities in STEM related fields?
My students learned a tremendous amount last year and are looking forward to expanding their understanding of renewable energy in this year’s competition. Research for this project led to a fluency by students who became well-versed in fuel cell technology, types of fuel cells, how they work, etc.
How did H2AC increase you and your team’s familiarity with renewable energy?
H2AC provided an approachable platform for students to begin experimenting with renewable energy. At FAU High School, we have been working on a full-sized all-electric supercar that operates on 172 volts. This project is very intimidating for new students on our team. The H2AC project allows our students to begin working with renewable energy and build confidence in learning some of the basics before transitioning to our larger supercar project.
For you as a teacher, did participating in H2AC give you aid in future curriculum for your students?
As the STEM Coordinator, I am responsible for assisting teachers with curriculum that will fit in their scope and sequence. This year, we have started three sections of middle school STEM classes where we are integrating STEM competitions into the classes. We plan on having our high school H2AC team use the fuel cell curriculum module to teach our middle school students about renewable energy in a cascade learning model. The high school students must demonstrate mastery of the topics to be able to teach the middle school students.