I Can Go To College

Posted by Debby on 2nd May and posted in Robotics, Teaching and Learning

(20 mins/session * 77 5th graders/session * 3 sessions in a row) + (legos + robots) + candy = [you do the math!]

It happened again. Over 200 5th graders invaded the college. With a little help, I tossed legos all over a classroom, showed a few robots, talked about sensors, and told them to go to college. My favorite quote of the day happened when I was trying out an object lesson on sensors. I bumped into a desk, trying to get them to figure out what I have that should have stopped me from doing that (sense of touch, of course). The idea was to extend that idea to the fact that robots use sensors to gather data about their environment and make decisions based on that. They seemed to be having a hard time coming up with the answer, but finally, when I said something like “what sense was I NOT using” one kid said “COMMON SENSE!” LOL. awesome 🙂

Kids need to know early on that college is something they can do. I love helping them see that it is a possibility and that it can be fun.

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