Minnie Bailey 2015-2016
Project Title: CES First Lego League
Learning Innovation Grant Recipient
The goal of this grant is to motivate, to engage, and to provide my students a real-world application of mathematics beyond the KY 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. By participating in the First Lego League (FLL), 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 design challenge for FLL this year is “Trash Trek,” where students will research recycling possibilities for making our world a better place. Students will learn critical thinking, team building and presentation skills. They will also have opportunities to reflect on activities and contemplate decisions made with an awareness of core content, as well as 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.