My students need Vex robotics kits to help them learn and apply computer programming and problem solving skills.
Bright, inquisitive, and curious would be some adjectives to describe the children I work with. They are talented students working hard everyday to succeed. The majority of students in my school come from minority backgrounds and many are English language learners. This year, all of the students in my school receive free lunch and breakfast. Many take home food bags from a local food bank each weekend to make sure they get enough to eat.
My students have all been identified as needing enrichment to continue growing and learning.
I am a gifted and talented specialist, and I work with a mixture of students who are identified as gifted and students identified as high ability learners. These kids have great academic potential, and my goal is to give them the support and skills they need to reach it.
Having robotics kits to use in our classroom will help me bring problem solving and computer science concepts to life for my students. My students see robots as fun and entertaining, but I know they are building key twenty-first century skills as they learn to program them. With these kits, I will be able to teach a unit that combines coding and math skills (including geometry and decimals) as students solve a series of increasingly challenging tasks with their robots.
Programming robots teaches students to persevere and to problem solve.
While they are learning computer programming, students are also learning thinks like how to break apart a problem and to go back into their work to strengthen it and fix mistakes. These skills then transfer into other school subjects.
Computer programming challenges my students to think deeply, but it also gives me opportunities to expose them to the wider world. My students all have high ability, but they don't get a lot of chances in their daily life to see what their future can be beyond the cycle of generational poverty many of them are living in. Teaching robotics exposes kids to possible future career paths they may never have considered or even known exist. It will also help level the playing field with kids from more affluent areas with they start honors classes in middle and high school. While a unit on learning to program robots seems like a lot of fun (and it is), it can also have a larger, lasting impact on my students lives.
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