Creating and programming – EJR fifth graders are ready for the science celebration

Students at Edward J. Russell Elementary School are gearing up for their art show and science celebration on May 16. Fifth graders are working in groups on their science projects, designing and creating a vehicle using recycled materials, and programming Sphero, a  robot, that will drive that vehicle.

Two fifth grade students work on creating a vehicle. The kidon the left is wearing safety goggles and cutting an orange cup. There is another student standing watching.


Each member of the group had their designated job. They designed their vehicle using materials they felt would move well. They made sure the Sphero computer ball would fit properly and move freely, taking the vehicle with it when put together! They did the artwork on the vehicle. And they programmed Sphero so it would go from its starting point to its ending point, around the bookcases in the library, turning at the end of each row.


A woman stands in front of a class pointing to a white board while students sit at a table  watching and listening.



Three fifth-grade students sit at the edge of a multi-colored rug. They are sitting with their Chrome books programming the sphere in front of them.


The students collaborated, took their notes, made their observations, discussed how to make things better. The moment of truth came when they put their vehicles on their Sphero. What excitement they had when their vehicles moved down the hallway, powered by Sphero and their very own programming skills!


Three fifth-grade students stand in a hallway with a teacher. One student has a phone in his hand and is controlling the movements of the lit sphere on the floor.


This is an project you don’t want to miss at the science celebration! Have a look

Pine Bush Central School District
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Phone: (845) 744-2031
Fax: (845) 744-6189
Brian Dunn
Superintendent of Schools
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