My project was part of a multi-disciplinary STEM unit that was implemented in my classroom and those of my fifth grade colleagues. The unit was designed to provide our students with the background knowledge and requisite skills necessary to complete a project-based learning activity, designing original inventions to assist individuals with disabilities or physical limitations in completing everyday tasks. At the end of the unit, our students demonstrated theirinventions to parents and community members as part of an Inventions Expo. In my classroom, students utilized available technology and appropriate communication skills to
devise an online survey seeking the community’s assistance in identifying areas of need or concern for individuals with disabilitiesorphysicallimitations. Thestudentsalsoparticipatedinapresentationdeliveredbyanoccupationaltherapist. After the survey process and presentation, cooperative groups established their invention production timelines, based on the step-by step process presented in a chosen nonfiction text,TheKids’InventionBook,by Arlene Erlbach. Students utilized iPad apps to plan their inventions, develop a video presentation of their device, and employ available materials, including the 3-D printer or robotic kits (included in a colleague’s grant) to create prototypes. The goal of the project was to spark the students’ ingenuity through the use of engineering skills and inspire empathy for others through the creation of their inventions.
Grade 5, Reading
￼Southside Elementary, Pike County
￼Project Title: Engineering: Innovation for All
￼ARI Innovations Mini Grant & STEM Grant Recipient