My students need 3 iPads for research and development of their STEM projects.
The future demands that our students be literate in STEM - Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. At our school, we are preparing our students to take on that future, but in order to do so we need technology. A technology rich classroom will help our students soar.
My students attend one of the oldest middle schools in a semi-rural town in Arizona.
Even though we have a major city close by, most of my students have never gone there. My students face numerous challenges on a daily basis; many come from lower income homes that are struggling to get by, let alone worry about education. My job is to inspire kids to become scientists, to dream big, and that with an education there is nothing they can't do. My greatest joy is to talk to a kid who didn't like science before tell me how much he loves it now, and that they are now starting to expand on experiments we've done in class at home.
My students do many projects that require research. We have limited access to the computer lab, so finding information quickly when it is needed is challenging. The three iPads will allow students to quickly research information for their project. In addition to research capabilities, they can use apps that can do simulations for their engineering projects. For example, if they are building a bridge they can use the iPad to simulate stresses on the bridge or film their bridge as it breaks and analyze its weaknesses. They can also create presentations about their designs on the iPad and then share with their peers and parents. In addition, we are participating in the Hour of Code project, where kids learn basic programming. Students will use the iPads to learn and create computer codes.
The long term goal of the project is to develop middle school students who can successfully advance to the high school with a solid foundation in science and engineering.
Our school is an STEM focus school, and we love giving our students engineering and technology challenges.
Kids love doing science and engineering projects. Kids who were never interested in science before this, are having excited conversations about how they can code a computer program.
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