STEAM – Animatronics in Action at R. Dan Nolan and WD Sugg Middle School


    A unique and specialized STEAM program is currently offered at two Manatee County Public Schools:
    Sugg Middle School and Nolan Middle School.

    Garner Holt Education Through Imagination is an animatronic program that allows students to use hands-on
    and minds-on learning to create an animatronic show by use of many creative processes while working as a
    team toward a united goal.

    The program uses a lab which is an Animaker space for the students to discover how they can expand
    their imagination to new heights. The Animaker design process includes the same series of steps that the
    Garner Holt Productions technicians and artisans follow to bring their creations to life!

    The program features S.P.A.R.K.-E which is a Specialized Programmable Animatronic and Robotics Kit for Education.

    Students work in teams to create amazing animatronic shows by programming independently controlled motors,
    script writing, voice acting, lighting and sound, set design, costuming, prop making, and more.

    Students discover their interests, talents, and passions all while practicing authentic 21st Century Skills
    that will transfer to many successful careers in STEM and animatronics performance.

    This new and exciting Animatronics program will soon be expanded to a few elementary schools with the
    addition of ‘Song Bird’. Elementary students will be able to work with animatronics and construct, program,
    figure finish and bring to life their own animatronics figure. Utilizing authentic, real world applications of design
    thinking, fabrication, assembly, problem solving, creativity and collaboration, students will explore careers across
    the creative industries and demonstrate their learning through hands-on experiences and opportunities.


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