Chicks and Robots at Oakwood?

Students in Mrs. Farkas’ class are the local ‘egg-sperts,’ readily sharing their knowledge.
Students in Mrs. Farkas’ class are the local ‘egg-sperts,’ readily sharing their knowledge.
Tablet technology has become a frequent component in South Huntington classrooms, allowing for innovative and exciting learning.
Tablet technology has become a frequent component in South Huntington classrooms, allowing for innovative and exciting learning.
Mrs. Herrera’s students were able to ask questions via the use of an iPad and the robotic telepresence solution made possible by Vgo.
Mrs. Herrera’s students were able to ask questions via the use of an iPad and the robotic telepresence solution made possible by Vgo.

Sounds like the making of a B rated movie.  But to the contrary; it was actually an A rated experience for two lucky classes at Oakwood. 

As most know by now, every year at this time Mrs. Farkas becomes mother hen to 20 or more baby chicks.  Her students take on the roles as embryologists and learn what is involved in the development of eggs to chicks.  However this year, an added guest, Vgo, a robot on loan from BOCES, joined the group of scientists and brought this exciting experience to a whole new level - a lesson to a class that wasn’t even in the room!

Vgo, which was stationed in Mrs. Farkas’ room, was able to simultaneously display the incubator, brooder, and baby chicks to the students in Mrs. Herrera’s class who were waiting in another part of the building.

Mrs. Herrera’s students watched each and every movement these baby chicks made, as though they were actually in the room together.  But the egg-citement didn’t stop there.  By taking turns speaking into an iPad, questions they had such as :

Do they have names?

How much do you think they weigh?

What do you do with them after they all hatch?

Where did you get the eggs from?

How long did it take for them to hatch?

How many eggs did you start with?

Did they all hatch?

Were the eggs all the same color?

could be answered by the “egg-sperts” in Mrs. Farkas’ class.

It was impressive to hear the intelligent questions from Mrs. Herrera’s students and the knowledge shared from Mrs. Farkas’ class and see technology in action as Vgo allowed this wonderful opportunity to be shared among students.