The students began using a digital portfolio this semester. It is a place they can highlight activities they are working on in class. Each week, they add at least one entry. This has been VERY exciting in class. In the robotics pictures, you probably see iPads in the hands of some of the students. They take pictures & videos on the iPads and upload them to their See Saw account. I am hopeful to have a form of student-led conferences later in the spring, so parents can see all of the awesome things these kiddos have been working on in class.
As robotics remains a part of our day for the remainder of the school year, we have also begun our next unit –“Multiple Perspectives: A CSI Unit”. This is a “3rd grade friendly” unit on forensic science, crime scene investigations and mystery. We have a lot of exciting activities planned during the next few weeks and surprises around the corner. Along with learning about forensic science research, forensic labs and analyzing literature, I am excited to work with the kids on elements of creating their own thrilling mystery. Each GRC group is writing a mystery together. It’s been interesting to see how they incorporate our 7 habits on this project. We are definitely synergizing, seeking first to understand then to be understood, thinking win-win when giving our suggestions and beginning with the end in mind. We are walking through the steps of forming a strong mystery and developing their class story. We have some fun plans for our final products. I can’t wait to see their creations!
This is the first year I am able to bring about the design process in robotics in my GRC classroom. I have been able to purchase and check out enough robots to form teams of students in each class. This is one of my favorite parts of robotics. The students have been introduced to their Robotics Engineering & Design Notebooks. Now that they have practiced the game with their basic Clawbot, the students are beginning to design a robot that will better perform and succeed at the tasks given in the game. As a robotics team, they have drawn out design ideas and have synergized to create the design they would like to build. This new design will face many obstacles in the near future, where it will need to be modified or maybe even scratched to begin a new idea. The problems & solutions that arise, their design modifications and strategy will all be documented in their engineering notebook. It’s a great place to see their thinking, analyzing and planning.
We have had to make some scheduling accommodations for 2nd grade screening, but we are back in full swing! I am excited to dive in! We have a lot to pack into this semester. It will pass by too quickly!
Students have completed their Clawbot and have begun playing the game. This year’s GRC classes are playing last year’s VEX IQ Crossover Challenge. This game is a bit more 3rd grade friendly than this year’s game. The students are currently learning how to work through the challenge and learning the strengths & weaknesses of the Clawbot in this game. These observations will be helpful as we continue to our next steps in January.
I hope you all have a Merry Christmas!!
If you are interested in learning more about robotics throughout the Oak Mountain Schools, join us on Tuesday, November 28 from 6:30 – 8:00 pm in the Oak Mountain Intermediate School cafeteria. Oak Mountain High-Tech Solutions will host an open house to showcase Robotics on Our Mountain. Come see all aspects of our programs from elementary, intermediate, and middle schools, plus both offerings at our high school. Teachers, mentors, and students will be on hand to provide demonstrations and answer questions.
As we continue with our Classroom Dojo series, Mojo teaches us about empathy. We are having some beautiful discussions about how to be empathetic. Ask your child about “the maze” and how to get out of it.