Our students find this club/org as an exciting opportunity to find a safe place mentally and physically along with a sense of community with a shared interest to develop and exercise their inherent skill set in technology and engineering/design. Our school has been recognized over the past 3 years as a school of high growth, however, still in need of additional academic and socioeconomic support.
Students from various backgrounds and grades have joined this co-curricular CTSO organization with a shared interest to do something they love, and that is to explore the world of technology and explore solutions to make our society better thru technological improvements/advancements.
Thankfully, starting this year we have secured a partnership with a neighboring university that helps provide support through mentorship and shared resources for tech events. In this inner-city school there are a lot of outside forces that impact how well students can focus in class; however, our club helps build the support needed to transcend this confidence-boosting opportunity to do well in their classes.
Students will be using these materials to reinforce knowledge about simple machines and how they are used to developed integrated systems that are used in the real world and to accomplish fun goals. Students will be placed in classroom teams and the top 3 will compete against each other to earn a spot to attend the state competition.
For example, the simple machines kits will help them transfer knowledge needed to build a system that has 3 subsystems utilizing all 6 types of simple machines for a mechanical challenge competition.
We are looking forward to competing in the competition again next year with renewed confidence increased by using these materials to successfully build a better model that meets all of the criteria and constraints required while having fun - one tech moment at a time using STEM.
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