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ASW Head of Design Adam Campbell

Adam Campbell, Head of Design

The ASW Design Center is the latest development on campus that reflects our school’s commitment to forward thinking and supporting students with a diverse set of abilities, interests, and learning styles. The purpose-built space includes collaborative work stations, high tech manufacturing tools, traditional workshop space, and is stocked with all kinds of materials that remove limits on what students are able to create.

Students are trained to use state of the art equipment such as 3D printers, laser cutters, vinyl cutters, programmable robots and Arduino microcontrollers. The type of learning happening in the Design Center is radically different than what you find in a traditional classroom environment. With the focus on problem solving, critical thinking and creativity, students are given design challenges that develop collaboration skills, innovation and persistence.

One of the goals of the Design Center is to encourage cross-curricular learning. Many of the creations in the center have underpinnings in science, math and art. Students are encouraged to explore concepts they are working on in other classes and watch them come alive through the design and manufacture of tangible products. We are beginning to connect design projects to ASW’s Service Learning initiatives, giving students the opportunity to understand how their designs can positively influence the local community.

Technology

ASW’s vision for digital learning is that technology is ubiquitous, seamless and embedded in teaching and learning.

We are preparing our students to be lifelong learners and to thrive in a dynamic global society. The integration of technology enables our students to communicate and collaborate, develop skills to critically seek and learn new information, and to create knowledge through the use of media-rich projects. In addition, we guide our students as they learn to effectively manage technology and become contributing digital citizens.

Students use an array of tech tools and resources. In early elementary our students are 1:1 with iPads in grades 1 and 2. Students in grades 3-12 are part of our 1:1 laptop program using assigned MacBook Airs, where students in grade 5 and up are permitted to take them home.

Technology Coaches support teachers and students in their learning across all grade levels.

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ASW hosted the FLL CEESA Robotics tournament this weekend where 24 teams from ten different schools, including ISK, the International school of Kazan, competed for prestige in programming, building, and robot performance. ASW teams (the Warsaw Alliance of 5 teams) rankings were high (4th place for the Jedi), low, and in the middle going into elimination rounds and 3 of our teams made it to the edge of quarter finals. The excitement of the final rounds can still be felt in a wonderfully successful tournament where many future engineers got to show off their talents.

Listen to a podcast created by Middle School students who attended the tournament and learn more about the tournament, the games, the robots themselves, and the hosting experience.

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ASW Robotics team in Detroit

The ASW robotics team has returned from the FTC World Championship in Detroit, where they took 55th place out of 134 teams.

Working both together and with students from other school teams from around the world, many of whom offered advice and practical help during the competition, the ASW students were able to bounce back from challenges and obstacles, and make friends along the way.

Felix M stepped up and became an FTC student ambassador for the ASW team.

Shevy G and Jack K spearheaded efforts in the Fed Ex challenges.

Juwon P and Max T tirelessly coded and tweaked the mechanics of the robot during every minute of pit time.

Coach Miele comments: 'The team comes back in good spirits, more skilled, more knowledgeable, and eager to share and continue to develop the robotics program at the American School of Warsaw.'

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A student photographs the hologram at ABB Robotics

Walking into ABB robotics today was like something out of science fiction movie. The students walked into an entry of a new facility and showroom and in the center of the entry room was a glass pyramid, inside which was a  holographic image of a robot. One of the products of ABB Robotics could be turned in all ways inside the pyramid for closer inspection.

 

A presentation at ABB Robotics

The tour was a wonderful educational experience in which students got a peek at robots and what a career in robotics could lead to. Many of the ABB robotic cells being developed were available for viewing and inspecting by our students. Robots that would palletize cases of products and many that would package products were running. In the end, students got to test and program demonstration models of the robots in a futuristic showroom. 

ASW students programme a robot at ABB Robotics

The students were attentive listeners, keen to learn and make the world their classroom. Maciej, our tour guide, was pleased with the students and welcomed another visit by ASW. Students will be answering questions showing their learning and reflecting on the trip.

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The 8th grade digital design class has stepped forward and made things happen by creating apps for ASW students, which address the latter's school-centered needs. These apps could help with organization/schedule, the library, sharing ideas, homework help, and activities.

 

They made the apps using the software AppyPie. At times the software didn't do what they wanted, so they had to bounce back and find new ways to do it or go in different directions.

 

 

As part of the design cycle, the students plan to test these apps with the Middle School students through well-designed testing methods, before evaluating the impact and success of their solutions. They realised that without us all we're nothing when they reached and asked other members of the school, including staff and faculty, to contribute ideas on how to test their apps.

 

 

 

 
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At ASW, one of our core values is making the world our classroom. In order to help our IB Computer Science students learn about autonomous vehicles, teacher Mr. MacKenty invited Tesla to the campus to present their Model X SUV, a car with self-driving capabilities.

The IB students, along with grade 9 Design students, listened to an introduction to the car and its technology from a Tesla representative before having the opportunity to ask questions.


The IB students were then invited to go for a 15-minute ride in the car, and observe the autopilot features in action. During the drive, the car took over from the driver, keeping itself at speed with the traffic and in lane, completely autonomously. The students were very impressed, and had plenty of questions for the Tesla representative.


This was a truly unforgettable learning experience for our students!

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