Phoenix Students Combine Technology, Engineering and Art for Earth Day

Students at the Armadillo Technical Institute (ATI), a Phoenix Charter School, are getting innovative as they prepare for Earth Day next week.  Teacher Jesse Stonewood’s class is creating an artistic backdrop for the Rogue Valley Earth Day, made up of 12 solar-powered robo-puppets shaped like wind turbines, a biker, a tractor, and a robot.  Through the project, students are combining disciplines like art, technology, and engineering, subjects that don’t typically end up in the same lesson plan together. 


1625746_10153280663380127_895996113645151987_n.jpgThe class is collaborating with Rogue Climate, a Grants Pass electric motor company AllTrax, and local designer Stephanie Langhorn.  Earlier this year, ATI and Rogue Climate partnered to pilot an innovative energy and climate change curriculum. “This project has been a great next step,” Stonewood said. “Students are using solar energy to power art they are constructing. They are problem solving engineering and building questions, and creating something that will be the center piece of an upcoming community event.”

“This is a great opportunity for students see that, whatever their skills or interests, there is a place for their creativity and innovation to help our communities transition to cleaner energy,” said Hannah Sohl, director of Rogue Climate. 

Students will continue designing and assembling the solar powered robo-puppets next week, and will display them at the Rogue Valley Earth Day, April 25 at Science Works. Media is invited to come to the class to film or photograph the project and talk to students.  Please contact Jesse Stonewood at the number above to coordinate.   

Armadillo Technical Institute is a highly personalized educational program in Phoenix that offers creative, individualized instruction.

Rogue Climate is a youth-led organization that brings communities in Southern Oregon together to support practical solutions to climate change that will result in cleaner energy, sustainable jobs, and a healthy environment.





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