Underwater Robot Takes STEM to New Heights
Fredi Lavjardi teaches marine science at Carl Hayden High School in Phoenix, where he is also coach of Falcon Robotics – an extracurricular high school STEM program that won the 2004 MATE National Underwater ROV championships with their robot “Stinky”, besting juggernaut teams such as MIT. This inspiring story was originally covered by Wired Magazine, expanded by the same author into a book, and graced the silver screen in 2015 as the movie Spare Parts. Along with other engaging stories, the success of Falcon Robotics is now being featured in the IMAX documentary Dream Big: Engineering Our World. Using human stories to expose the hidden world behind exciting inventions and structures across the world, Dream Big aims to at bring engineering into the forefront of our culture while inspiring kids of all backgrounds to become the innovators, educators and leaders of the 21st century and beyond. Fredi joins us to tell us more about Falcon Robotics, how STEM education is addressed in his classroom and robotics program, and how schools might better address STEM education for student learning. Listen to the show to be inspired and find out where you can experience the Dream Big: Engineering Our World.
- Dream Big: Engineering Our World (documentary website)
- Dream Big to Share the Creativity and Compassion of Engineers. Jacob Clark Blickenstaff, 2017. NSTA Reports.
- Coach Lavjardi: Falcon Robotics
- Carl Hayden High School ROV Falcon Robotics on Nightline (YouTube)
- Marine Advanced Technology Education International ROV Competition
- How 4 Mexican Immigrant Kids and Their Cheap Robot Beat MIT (Wired). Joshua Davis, December, 2004
- The Real-Life Teachers of Spare Parts on What’s Wrong With US Schools (Wired). Joshua Davis, Jan 2015.
- Spare Parts: Four Undocumented Teenagers, One Ugly Robot, and the Battle for the American Dream By Joshua Davis (Amazon).
- Spare Parts (IMDB)
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