On Sunday, February 26, Avenues held its first Ruckus Constructus, a school-wide family STEAM event created by Avenues faculty, parents and students. The turnout was overwhelming, with more than 1,200 people from the community in attendance and the building came to life with almost 50 hands-on sessions.
Students playing games with Osmo Coding.
Programming Dash & Dot robots.
Learning to program a Sphero robotic ball.
Playing with Cubelets.
The ninth floor was dedicated to augmented and virtual reality activities including Oculus Rift, Microsoft HoloLens, Google Tilt Brush and Membit. The fitness room was available for Fitness Academy with workshops utilizing video analysis software to improve workouts as well as a Peloton bike and electric fencing demonstrations. On the tenth floor, the gym was open for Avenues Flight. Sessions included an Aviator Drone Photobooth, Lego drones with Flybrix, balloon and bottle rockets and the Aviator airplane challenge.
Electric fencing in the fitness room.
Many of the Lower Division sessions focused on coding.
Creating objects with the 3-D printer.
Not only did the students have fun, but it was also exciting to see parents engaging and participating alongside their child in all the activities. Parents were as eager and as curious as their child to learn. Ruckus Constructus was a true community event where students, parents, faculty and administrators all came together to celebrate innovation and creativity. To learn more about the sessions, visit the Ruckus Constructus site or download the app, Ruckus Innovate.
Parents and students build something with LittleBits.
Lastly, a huge thank you to all who donated time, labor and sponsorships to support the event and to ensure that it would be a successful day. The morning after the event, one child summed it up by telling his teacher that he wished Ruckus could be held every day!