More than half of students from low‑income households
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Engineering Future Engineers
My students need KNEX, Crystal Climbers, and other building sets to support our creative thinking, problem solving and Engineering curriculum.
"Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn." This quote from Benjamin Franklin is the basis for my teaching practice. Children need to learn by doing themselves, using their creativity to find unique solutions to a variety of problems.
In Silicon Valley, my STEAM school serves a truly remarkable group of socioeconomically disadvantaged students who genuinely love to learn.
Despite some of the hardships my students have faced, my class shows up ready to learn every day! They are a very caring bunch and I would love for them to see that other people (some they don't even know) care about them, too!
These building tools would allow my students to approach a problem, try various strategies to find a solution, and then evaluate the effectiveness of both the materials used and the final products they present. Not only does this type of learning promote creativity and innovative thinking, but it allows students to practice their oral presentation skills by explaining their thought process. These materials will provide students to experience the Engineering focus of our STEAM program, which until now has been limited to building with toothpicks and Popsicle sticks. These materials will engage my students in the engineering process.
Students will improve their collaboration skills, by working in groups to solve a problem.
At the same time, they will be engaged in the engineering process and improve their public speaking skills. Many students in my classroom have not been exposed to open-ended building products like these. I'm looking forward to seeing their faces when they learn there is no "right" way to build.
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