Hello! My name is Jenni Wilhm, and I am teaching Intro to Design & Programming, Competitive Robotics, and Advanced Programming this year at Mustang Central Middle School. In addition I am a coach for Robotics Club. This is my second year teaching, but prior to this, I spent well about 25 years working in various IT roles. I am really excited to share my love of learning all things STEM with my students!
Why is STEM/STEAM so important?
The world’s reliance on technology is increasing at an exponential rate. Self-driving cars are no longer just a dream for the future, automation is already playing a large role in the production of goods, and software using complicated algorithms is being used to improve business practices and increase efficiency of almost every industry. Employment in this new technology driven world will require problem solving, active learning, analysis, and a competency with the technology involved. The hope is that introducing STEM/STEAM concepts now and allowing young people to explore the real-life applications it includes, we can help them to become the innovators of tomorrow.
Robotics/STEM/TSA club meet Tuesdays and Thursdays after school until 4:45 PM.
Robotics Class Semester 2:
Our Competitive Robotics class isn't truly competitive this semester. We do have some limited opportunities to compete, but our focus this semester will be on learning various ways to program & build robots and understanding the science behind both. Additionally, I am hoping to work out some other opportunities to display what we have learned later in the semester!
We are fortunate that our school has provided six Lego EV3 Mindstorm Educator Robots. We will be working predominately with these, with the Lego Mindstorms software. We do have a smaller number of borrowed VEX robots that we can also work with on a limited basis, so that I can introduce your students to multiple platforms & programming methods.
For 7th graders who take my class this semester: If you have the room in your schedule, students are able to take my Robotics class multiple times. If you want to compete, please apply to take the class again 1st semester next year. We compete in the First Robotics League. Here is some info if you want to look more into the competition;
Links to Mindstorm programming information: