As a teacher working in a low socioeconomic community, it is often difficult to obtain necessary supplies and other learning materials for students. In our Title I school, supplies and funds are limited. My students lack the engaging materials and manipulatives that can be be used during instruction. Therefore, it becomes necessary to obtain great quality, purposeful supplies and materials to make learning the most effective.
My students are hard-working and exceptionally deserving of obtaining the best learning experience possible.
Many of them entered school lacking motivation to learn, but are gradually finding its importance and eager to dive into upcoming lessons. They are full of energy, talkative, and inquisitive. They're naturally curious and just needed a little push from someone who was willing to take the time to show them they cared. Most of them have to work harder than others, as English is a language they are still trying to master. They have taught me so much in the very little time I have spent with them so far and I plan on having the same impact on them.
The Engineering “Aid Drop Packages” unit will encourage my students to brainstorm solutions, test ideas, and solve real-world problems. The unit contains materials for students to create durable aid drop packages that can be dropped from an aircraft, protect what’s inside, and are easy to find once they reach the ground.
My students will get a glimpse of the life of an engineer as they work together to create their aid drop packages.
They will learn the importance of following the Scientific Method as they dive into this inquiry-based STEM curriculum. They will learn thinking and reasoning skills as they test their theories and learn from their mistakes by revisiting their blueprints. The most important part of this activity is that my students will learn to work in teams and learn to accept when they make mistakes. They will realize that the mistakes allowed them to reinvent and think "outside the box" (something they are not used to doing). They will explore and soon learn that success comes from failure.
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