Greenon STEM Students, Bus Drivers Partner for Safety Project

Greenon STEM Students, Bus Drivers Partner for Safety Project
Posted on 05/10/2019
Greenon High School STEM students in Mr. Jim Shaner’s class partnered with district bus drivers to work on an app to enhance safety plans in the district.

Greenon High School STEM students in Mr. Jim Shaner’s class partnered with district bus drivers to work on an app to enhance safety plans in the district.
For their capstone project, STEM students are creating an app that would help bus drivers locate a “rally point” - a destination where students could be evacuated to in case of an emergency that required the school to be evacuated.
Bus drivers visited Mr. Shaner’s classroom to give the students suggestions for their app to make it easy for bus drivers to use and access during an emergency.
“The conversations were amazing,” said Mr. Shaner. “The students gained a lot of insight and the drivers were impressed by the projects.”
For the first part of the project, students were tasked with finding a good place to serve as a rally point. The rally point location needed to be well known enough for parents and guardians to be able to find, accessible for buses to transport students, and have an area for any necessary medical treatment. The students also came up with a reserve rally point to be used if the first was inaccessible.
Next, the students began developing an app to help the buses to navigate to the rally point in case of an emergency. The app had to easily usable by drivers in a stressful situation and able to update routes in the case that some roads may be closed in the case of an emergency. Greenon Bus Drivers Cindy Sandlin, Bill Millar, Jeff Babb, and Mike Gorski visited Mr. Shaner’s class to talk with students, giving them insights directly from experienced bus drivers. The drivers also evaluated the chosen rally points and gave the students feedback on how to improve their apps.
“This project is a really powerful example of the power of learning,” said Superintendent Brad Silvus. “Not only did Mr. Shaner give students the opportunity to work on something meaningful and relevant to them, he also helped students make community connections to further their learning. This is an experience that will stay with these students for years to come.”
Students in the class include Cole Anderson, Wesley Beebe, Nick Catanzaro, Aubrey Delong, Micah Easterling, Christian Fultz, Chloe Hill, Steven Jordan, Lucas Kaltenbach, Aaron Karg, Liam Upton and Nick Vince.

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