Robotics, Coding, & Aerospace
Grades 1 – 3
Fall – Dash and Dot Robots
Winter – Mechanism/Robotics, Robotic Doodler, Energy Sources and Storage, Types of Motion
Spring – More Dash and Dot Robots, Rockets
With technology becoming more pervasive in all aspects of daily life, it is important to prepare our students in a classroom environment that will give them the inspiration, knowledge, and skills for the future. The classroom will be an environment that is conducive to students becoming aware of technology and how it works, and developing several life skills like creativity, problem solving, critical thinking, communication, and collaboration. The role of the instructors will be to mentor and guide the students through the learning process. Students will also cultivate interdisciplinary knowledge, integrating science, technology, art, engineering, and mathematics.
In each lesson students will begin with a quick review from the previous class. That will provide a transition into the new theory on the subject of the day, followed by a guided build that demonstrates the theory first hand. By building real life applications in the classroom, students will see the connections and relevance of their learning, and receive the added benefit of improving the fine motor skills and 3D special sense critical to visualizing and understanding complex systems. They will then be given the opportunity to modify the device through an inquiry-based experiment to truly understand and retain the underlying principles. Finally, students will be challenged with a problem that will require a deep level of understanding of the concept, as well as creativity and collaboration, to meet the goal. Students will be given additional challenges based on their abilities and rate of progress throughout the course.
Students should be prepared to review the previous lesson material in class prior to starting the lesson content assigned to that day. They should be prepared for discussions surrounding the lesson topic before attending the class. They are encouraged to research and explore outside of the classroom into related interests and topics covered in class. They should be self-motivated and respectful, and interested in improving their critical thinking, communication, creativity, problem solving, and cooperative skills.