My students are predominantly African American, and we are one of the poorest districts in our area. We are a Title 1 school, and our students receive free breakfast and lunch.
I teach a busy bunch of 4-6, Emotional Support students.
They are tough, but very curious and interested in technology. While they are big consumers of technology, my goal is to teach them that iPads can be used for more than just video games and youtube. They have been introduced to coding via code.org, and I want to broaden their horizons.
I had the opportunity to "play" with a Sphero Spark+ during a professional development a couple of summers ago. I have been thinking about ways to introduce coding and this robot to my students, for quite some time.
Sphero will allow my students to learn about coding and robots.
As our students are exposed more and more to coding via code.org and Scratch, I saw the need to extend their learning by including robots in their daily experience with STEM.
I teach a smaller group of students with a lot of emotional needs. Every other week, as a team, we the 4-6 teachers introduce our students to new experiences via clubs. I would love my students to take a leadership role and share coding and robots with their peers. The materials for this project will allow for that.
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