Weekly STEM Lab Experience
Students in grades 2nd through 5th will participate in a weekly STEM Enrichment class. Project exposures are assigned according to grade levels. The 4th and 5th grade students will use the Lego Education Wedo Robotics kits and the 2nd and 3rd grade students will use the Engineering is Elementary kits. Description of each program is found below.
A. Lego Education Wedo Robotics Program
Fickett Elementary School administrators and staff aim to produce students who will ultimately endeavor to work within the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The school-wide Lego Robotics program is one of the components of the STEM certification application. This program will be offered to all students in 4th, and 5th grades. Ten teachers will participate in a Lego Education Academy at the school site during spring of 2013. This professional development opportunity will provide them with the base knowledge and resources to enable them to implement the Lego Education Wedo Robotics program during the school-wide STEM block next school year. This program will allow students to explore a series of cross-curricular, theme-based activities while developing their skills in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, as well as language and literacy. They will work in teams to build and program robots while following set parameters. The Lego Education Wedo Robotics software will be installed on the computers in the two computers labs to allow students access to this programming tool. The goal of Lego Education Wedo Robotics program is to allow students to engage in robotics without the pressure of having to meet the requirements of the FLL Robotics Competition program. Student teams will collaborate with UPS Scholars and other engineer mentors as they complete their projects. The plan is to start the program with an inventory of twelve Lego Education Wedo Robotics kits.
B. Engineering is Elementary® (EiE)
The Engineering is Elementary® (EiE) program fosters engineering and technological literacy among children. It is a curriculum that integrates engineering and technology concepts and skills with elementary science topics and literacy and social studies. Teachers in 2nd and 3rd grades will attend a professional development session at the Museum of Science in Boston, MA (pending Title 1 budget approval) to learn how to teach the curriculum. When implemented, the program will allow students in 2nd and 3rd grades to work in teams to design parachutes, windmills, and water filters according to the set parameters. This program will offered during the school-wide STEM block next school year. The plan is to start the program with an inventory of three kits per challenge for a total of six kits. We plan to host an STEM Showcase every May during the Georgia STEM Day to allow student to present their engineering designs and explain the problem solving steps they took to complete the task.