Twenty-first century skills involve problem solving and critical thinking in the highest form. My students are struggling to develop these skills in a manner that is relevant to their age.
Our class consists of 21 second grade boys and girls of varying academic skills.
The one thing that they all have in common is their enthusiasm for learning. Many of my students are poverty level or just barely over. Several come from one parent homes. We have worked very hard on our social skills because they go to latchkey, a babysitter or stay with an older sibling because that one parent works at a minimum wage job.
Technology is constantly changing and to prepare my young students for future employment, I need to promote these changes in my classroom.
Coding is a twenty-first century skill that students should develop at an early age.
Many of my students do not have electronics or technology at home. Public education is the only place where they can learn and practice skills that they will need to develop to compete for jobs later in life.
This robot will be at a STEM center where students can practice with it on a daily basis, thus promoting their growing skills and knowledge.
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