Help me give my students a set of Tello Educational Drones, Extra Batteries, and a new bulb for their projector so that they can work on collaborative teams to program drones, and then view and rate each other.
Our school is a STEM-focused charter school in Utah. Our students come from a diverse range of abilities, various cultures, and differing ability levels. We are a school of choice, and so students come from all over Salt Lake, Davis, and Utah counties, as well as refuges from countries around the world. All of these things make our students special.
Since Covid-19 students are struggling to work cooperatively, instead using the opportunities to talk off task with friends they haven't seen in a while.
Our school sees the need for technology-based instruction, as we know our world to be technology-based. We strive to offer students an education that spans Apple, Microsoft, Android, and other systems. Students learn to read and write software (coding) and have even developed marketable technologies and video games.
Students will work on two or three person teams to program drones to fly through an obstacle course, viewing and critiquing each others flights through a classroom projector. Extra batteries are needed so students don't need to wait for them to charge after a flight.
This activity could provide a competitive dynamic which will translate into the motivation that our students need to regain skills needed to work as productive team members pursuing a common goal.
The coding will provide an academic focus using math. The use of cooperative teaming should help students to overcome a large deficit of proper behaviors created when the schools shut down and went online.
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