Minnie Bailey – 2016-2017
October 2016 Presentation:
My mini-grant is a continuation of last year to help motivate, to engage, to stimulate participation in STEAM activities and to provide my students a real-world application of mathematics beyond the Core Academic Standards. The students will be actively learning through the kinesthetic-tactile experiences, designing and building, testing and programing robots using LEGO EV3 Mindstorms technology. My students will connect their own interests and motivations to find solutions to a challenge. They will be actively engaged in problem-solving and encouraged to formulate questions and express their ideas to adapt existing knowledge with new information. The students will be given the opportunity to use problem solving project based activities which integrates STEM and pre-engineering concepts such as physical science, mathematical thinking, engineering, technology and applications of science. The challenge for FLL (First Lego League) this year is “Animal Allies”, where students will research how animals interact with one another, with their environment, and with us. The students will learn critical thinking, team building and presentation skills, along with opportunities to reflect on activities and contemplate decisions made with an awareness of core content and of the process of learning to explore new solutions for the challenge at hand. Students will be encouraged to explore and extend their understandings outside the classroom.