Our students come from a predominantly Latino and low socio-economic background. Our School is located in the valley area of Los Angeles, California, an area that can be a bit downtroden. Despite this disadvantage, our students have the innate desire to learn and thrive in an academic setting. As a veteran educator, I can offer testimony of how students in deprived neighborhoods love learning and exploring, especially if the curiculum is hands on and pragmatic. This year is no exception.
Our students' learning comes to fruition with an experiental approach.
The current mandated Common Core California Standards places much rigor on both teachers and students, sometimes at the expense of the creative and explorative drives that many students manifest. I attest to the many "aha!" moments that students have when they explore on their own in the various hands-on projects that they complete throughout the year.
Although most of our students possess some basic computer skills, these are not related to computer coding. Our school is currently a STEM magnet and we have implemented various coding courses. It is imperative that we embrace this curriculum for the sake of making our students viable in the digital world of the future.
The robotic toys requested will help engage the students and invigorate the lessons that relate to the science of coding.
The inquiring students will see first hand how an inanimate number and symbol that they are negotiating with will be played out with a robotic device that will move about and respond to commands. This will be a big step and an example of going from the theoretical to the practical in a fun way.
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