Harper Creek Middle School STEAM Students Receive Tools to Provide Hands-On Experiences

Middle School STEAM teacher, Erica Jenkins, received a FOCUS Grant from the Guido A. and Elizabeth Binda Foundation, coordinated by the Calhoun Intermediate School District, allowing her to purchase two new tools to support her students in solving problems using the engineering design process. 

The first tool is Sphero Blueprint. Sphero Blueprint kits allow students to design and engage in mechanical and structural engineering. The kits further permit the students to create prototypes using consistent materials. In the past, students had to rely on donated and recycled materials, along with a lot of glue and tape giving inconsistent outcomes. Sphero Blueprint lets the students design and build their prototypes quickly using reusable materials giving more opportunities to test and reevaluate their structures. 

The second item purchased with the grant is the Finch 2.0 Robots. Students can solve problems through coding and gain hands-on robotics experience. The Finch Robots provide continuity and focus in coding by progressing from teaching coding on the computer to physical programming.

These tools allow students to have hands-on lessons with real-world applications, providing opportunities for cross-curricular experiences, collaboration, and engaging project-based learning. 

Harper Creek Community Schools is grateful to Ms. Jenkins for her time and dedication to creating thoughtful lessons and seeking out new ways to Educate, Empower, and Equip Students for Life. 


Harper's Unsung Hero - Ewald Heersema

Ewald was born and raised on the other side of the pond. His life experiences eventually led him to our bus garage. As a young adult he fell  in love with a Michigan girl and followed her across the Atlantic Ocean. His story that has led him to driving our students to school and back home each day in his retirement, is one I’m sure you’ll find interesting.

Harper Creek Middle School Teacher Grant Recipient

HCMS STEM teacher received the Guido A. and Elizabeth Binda Foundation, coordinated by the Calhoun Intermediate School District.

Harper's Unsung Hero - Justin King

Justin was born and raised in Small Town Michigan. He and his siblings enjoyed spending much of their free time exploring outdoors. Athletics was a big part of his high school experience and the support his teams received from the community added to the excitement. He knew early on that he wanted to spend his life helping others. His career in public safety eventually led him to Harper Creek.