Each day nearly 100 students spend part of their day in my classroom. In this room, we learn to read in the most exciting way possible! When I think about my role as a teacher, the one thing on which I have constantly focused is the relationships that I have built with my students. We have conversations on subjects and issues that are important to us, and we learn about and experience the world in meaningful ways. Our classroom is less of a class and more of a community, where we are all sharing ideas and communicating and learning from one another at the same time! This classroom is our space to establish our place as world-class citizens in our global society!
I am super excited about the IF/THEN Innovative Challenge! The project I am proposing is centered around community service. During this pandemic, I think it is important that people embrace the idea that we are better together. While there is great emphasis put on keeping ourselves safe, we also need to do our part to keep others safe. With this in mind, I hope to partner with the Girls Up club at our school for a service project that will help the less fortunate in our community. Our school is located within walking distance of a large homeless shelter. Last year, this club gave toiletries and feed items to the shelter. This year we would give them plastic face shields.
Every morning, when I arrive to work, there are countless individuals sleeping on the sidewalk in front and near the school.
In recent times, I have wondered if they have the gear (like masks) to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Our project would couple technology and math to create the PPE face shields. We can design a prototype, print it, and deliver the shield to a homeless shelter in a day, without the long development process other technologies require. A single printer may be able to make the parts for 10 face shields in 24 hours.
It is important that our students understand the value of giving to others. This will be an excellent project.
IF the students at our school had a 3D printer THEN the community would have necessary PPE gear to help slow the spread of the coronavirus. I will use the IF/THEN collection in my lesson plans to showcase women and girls who are forerunners and leaders in their community. Often, these women go unnoticed but they give of themselves tirelessly.
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