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South Fayette Fourth-Graders Design Smart City!

Budding electrical engineers, inspired by DES technology, design a smart city.
May 7, 2024

Imagine a city designed and built by fourth-grade students! That's exactly what happened at South Fayette School District as the kids — inspired by technology provided by Dagostino Electronic Services — turned their classroom into a smart city of the future. These budding engineers stepped into the shoes of electrical engineers and put their creativity and problem-solving skills to the test.

The project began with an exploration of the roles of electricians which provided students with a solid understanding of circuitry fundamentals. With the introduction of Hummingbird robotics, the students worked collaboratively in groups to design and program a bustling city that catered to community needs. They meticulously wired their structures for power and employed servos to add movement and dynamism.

To deepen their understanding, the students watched educational videos provided by DES, gaining insight into the pivotal role of telecommunications in supporting infrastructure. Empowered by this knowledge, they creatively identified ways in which DES technology could be deployed in the functionality of their city creations. The hospital needs security, the shopping mall would definitively have automatic doors, the library requires smart lighting — and how could you have a fast-food restaurant without Wi-Fi? Not to mention the new mayor of City Hall who needs computers to execute their civil duties!

We are amazed by the creativity and ingenuity displayed by these fourth graders! Thank you to STEAM teacher, Samantha Edkins, for bringing this smart city to life. We can't wait to see what these future engineers will accomplish next.

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