I work at a Title 1 school located in Oxnard, California, where the majority of the students come from low-income homes, and 50% of their parents work in migrant agriculture; with the majority attending the after-school program.
They are an amazing group of Dual Immersion students, whose primary language is Spanish.
They have a great desire for learning and are highly motivated. They have worked tirelessly with Inquiry-Project Based learning and have developed the insatiable love for learning. Although they face many challenges given their background, they never complain and work hard to achieve excellence and have all developed excellent work ethics. These students have extended the learning and brought projects to life. They have presented these projects to their peers, parents, and community members. Because we are still are in the beginning stages in creating a Dual Immersion school, we are still facing challenges in attaining the appropriate resources for our students.
The materials that I am requesting are for 57 students; 15 groups of 4 students each. My primary vision is to have every student experience what it is to be an engineer with the building and designing process. In previous years, students use various supplies to work on their projects. However, they were messy and at times dangerous. “Say goodbye to the Mess.” Now, students will use their own creativity by building their future colonies using Legos. This year, we are adding the technology aspect. They will see their colony come to life using a 3D print-out of their colony. Where are they in the project right now? They are in the research process, each group is focusing on a particular unit topic that will span throughout the duration of the school year. Each unit topic builds on knowledge gained during the prior unit. For example, 6th-grade students are researching innovating agriculture tools for their “Future Colony.” As soon as students develop depth and knowledge, they will move onto software-design. They will need to represent their “Future Colony” using Legos. Once they complete this process, they will print their colony design and print it on the 3D printer. Finally, the students will present their final projects to their colleagues and community members.
|LEGO(r) City Town Service Station (60132) • Kaplan Early Learning Company||$84.96||5||$424.80|
|LEGO(r) City Airport Passenger Terminal (60104) • Kaplan Early Learning Company||$106.21||2||$212.42|
|12" Chenille Stems (400 Pieces) • Kaplan Early Learning Company||$8.46||8||$67.68|
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