The school library is a fundamental element of students' education. At our school, students and families visit the library media center not only to check out books and magazines, but to do research using current digital databases. The library supports students from a variety of cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds.
Our community is urban Las Vegas, and consists of several low-income housing areas in which our students reside.
Families in our school community speak several different languages; most prominent being English and Spanish. We are considered a Title I school, with a diverse population where more than three-quarters of our students come from struggling, low-income households.
The library is helping to work towards bettering our students' learning experiences by supporting their academics and personal well-being. Our students enjoy and benefit from immersive lessons. To encourage exploration and experimentation through reading and coding, we want to integrate hands on activities within library lessons that support and enhance student imagination and creativity. With help from resources like Code.org and coding technologies such as the Artie 3000 Coding Robot, students have opportunities to better their reading, analytical, and comprehension skills, as well as their communication and collaboration skills through the use of coding.
Artie 3000 Coding Robots provide students the opportunity to explore coding basics through hands-on learning and application. In the project that I’ve developed for our library-media center, students learn coding basics through various types of literature and experimentation. The skills learned through these processes support students as they develop, debug, and modify the code they’ve written to meet specific project requirements for their robots. Another benefit of this unit is the scaffolding of skills. Concepts learned in grade three transfer to grade four, and are used as the basis to support new increased project expectations. By fifth grade, students are applying previously learned skills from grades three and four to create more challenging code and tasks for Artie 3000.
With Artie 3000 my students will begin to bridge the gap between literacy and technological sciences and be challenged to think critically in order to code.
Artie 3000 Coding Robots will be placed in the school library's Maker Space area where students can access materials and work collaboratively to develop a variety of code in order to make their robot complete several types of tasks. Artie 3000 Coding Robots support student academic standards in Literacy, Applied Sciences, and Technology. It’s such an exciting way to begin learning to code and have fun while meeting our State standards!
DonorsChoose is the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.
As a teacher-founded nonprofit, we're trusted by thousands of teachers and supporters across the country. This classroom request for funding was created by Mrs. Scholer and reviewed by the DonorsChoose team.
DonorsChoose makes it easy for anyone to help a classroom in need. Public school teachers from every corner of America create classroom project requests, and you can give any amount to the project that inspires you.