The Story of Ralph Bunche's GenYES Students
GenYES Facilitator Jose Gonzales sent us a letter about what his Student Technology Leaders accomplished this year. His students have done an amazing job providing tech support to Bunche Middle School in Compton, CA, and went above and beyond to complete a spacecraft simulator for STEAMFEST. Read about their GenYES journey below:
"My name is Jose Gonzalez and I am the student support specialist at Bunche Middle School. Our GenYES Geek Squad was created around 5 years ago due to the need to troubleshoot the technology at our school. At first we started with 3 or 4 students who would be trained in basic troubleshooting skills such as assisting teachers in connecting their computers, connecting projectors and adding printers and software. Today our GenYES group has grown to 15 students, each with their own specialized skills. They have learned to take apart PCs and build new ones, troubleshoot most computer issues, connect printers and LCD projectors, learned how to use multiple operating systems: Apple’s OSX and Windows 7 and 10, replace hard drives and memory, they have created workshops on Cyberbullying and presented to the entire school using Nearpod, build and programed robots, written code with scratch, and presented at a workshop for students at another district.
With the generous support of our Principal Mr. Kildare Salazar, this year our GenYES students have gone all out for the STEAMFEST. Their final project consisted of building a PC with a specialized video card, installing the operating system, then installing the Orbiter 2106 space simulator. Using the simulator’s Delta Glider as their template they developed a scale model that will simulate the craft in space. Each student has had a specific role in the project.
David is building a prototype rover that will explore the surfaces of other worlds. Pedro will build a scale robot that mimics a radio telescope receiver.
Cesar is collaborating with other education institutes such as Berkeley as part of the Search for Intelligent Life Institute (SETI) and using one of our computers to crunch the enormous amount of data they receive from their radio telescopes.
Marveion and Brenijia are creating a documentary using iMovie about the project.
Xochi is creating home made VR Goggles that will take a tour of the planet Mars.
Vi and Ms. Ballard’s Medical detective students will explain about the effects of space travel on the human body.
Jacob is using the Scratch program to write code simulating a space radar.
Alondra, Bridget, and Carmen are the main builders of the space plane using drawing, then using online converters for meter to foot and scale conversions.
Mr. Olson’s Design Aeronautics student will demonstrate water propelled rockets.
Finally Jesus and Yrenia have learn how to fly the craft on the simulator learning terms such Apogee and Perigee, basic orbital dynamics and other space flight terms.
Together the GenYES students have logged over 175 hours on this project as the work hard to complete and paint the BMS Delta Glider."