As part of Computer Science Education Week, students at Jefferson Elementary built and programmed robots to understand real-world science applications.
Using grant money provided by the Harvard Community Education Foundation along with funds from the Illinois Mathematics and Science Partnerships Program, extended curriculum instructor Amy Handley purchased LEGO Education WeDo sets for Jefferson’s STEM lab. The sets enable students to build, engineer, problem solve, and program with robotics while also learning Next Generation Science Standards.
4th graders built an earthquake simulator and created bar graphs to illustrate which buildings could withstand earthquakes. 5th graders are currently building and programming rovers as they study space exploration and the unique engineering challenges scientists face. The classic ABS plastic bricks create immediate student engagement while also encouraging collaboration and communication.
Proving that science can appeal to all learners, there’s not one student in Ms. Handley’s class that’s ready to leave their work when the class period ends.
Classrooms throughout Jefferson are participating in the Hour of Code this week.