The students in my class, and those who come to me for technology club, have the drive to learn about computers, robots and modern technology, but not the resources. They live in a migrant and refugee community where they can barely pay for food and shelter, let alone electronics.
Even though my children moved to America for a chance at a better life, and struggle to makes ends meet, they are the sweetest fourth-graders I have ever met, and they want more than anything to learn.
They want to know how electronics work, what makes things tick, and how to build things. I have students from all over the world, including Burma, Mexico, Uzbekistan, and Sierra Leone, among others. We are a Title I school, and do the best we can with the resources we have. Even though our children represent different ethnicities, religions, races and cultures, they come together for the greatest goal of all: knowledge.
Few of my students have computers at home, and those who do can hardly use them. I set up the Technology Club as soon as I understood how badly the children wanted to understand technology. The careers that these children will be entering in the future will rely heavily upon a good STEM education, which means science, technology, engineering and math. Some of the jobs they will take do not even exist yet, and it is my job to get them ready for that future. With the DVDs in my cart, students will be able to learn who Bill Gates and other important figures in computing are, and get a sense of the history of computers. With the robotic and radio kits, students will be able to build items that really work and see how the parts come together. They will be inspired to continue to build and create, and will develop the drive to stay in school so that they can go to college and study engineering. They will have a definite advantage over students who do not have access to these materials.
This project is important because it is preparing the children for their future.
It is no longer enough to be able to read, write and do math. These days, students must work collaboratively to show how they arrived at their conclusion, and build things together. They must have critical thinking skills, and be fluent in the use of a variety of technology. Since their parents can't buy them a robot kit or teach them about Bill Gates, I am going to get them there.Read More
|OWI Robotic Arm Edge • Amazon||$38.89||1||$38.89|
|Triumph of the Nerds • Amazon||$21.20||1||$21.20|
|Computers • Amazon||$15.83||1||$15.83|
|Pirates of Silicon Valley • Amazon||$14.92||1||$14.92|
|Elenco FM Radio Kit • Amazon||$13.80||1||$13.80|
|Robotics: Discover the Science and Technology of the Future with 20 Projects (Build It Yourself series) • Amazon||$11.56||1||$11.56|
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This classroom project was brought to life by CA Technologies and 2 other donors.