I am the Instructional Technology Specialist at a low-income school where 74% of the students are English Language Learners.
I am striving to use STEM to create Junior Engineers.
Most of my teaching focuses on using computers. However, when not using MacBook Pros in the Computer Lab, students will complete pre-engineering challenges using Legos and Bee-Bots.
My students are eager learners and always strive to do their best, despite any challenges that face them. They continually show rigor and perseverance outshining their peers in other schools.
For the past seven years, my students have successfully competed in the city's Robotic Olympics, many placing in the top three. However, the robotic kit I currently have is outdated and has been discontinued by Lego.
Students will want to build for hours as they create an invention of their own design.
They will be able to decide what to build and the possibilities are endless.
Every mistake will become a learning opportunity; unsuccessful projects will not be seen as a failure. They will ask self-reflective questions such as ”How can I improve my design? What happens if I change light settings?"
Using the engineering redesign process, students will apply the skills learned in class making changes to their work as needed. Similar to editing a piece of writing, they will determine what is important to their project and what parts can be sacrificed.
As our school embarks on Project Based Learning (a teaching method in which students gain knowledge and skills by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to an authentic, engaging and complex question, problem, or challenge), students in grades two through five will use EV3 Kits to design the ideal playground for our schoolyard.
If my proposal is supported, I will be able to teach engineering skills to my students. Robotic Engineering is a growing field if students get foundations of learning in early grades. They will have an educational advantage to succeed in the future.
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