From static to circuits - moving full STEAM ahead with Sphero's littleBits electronics kit. Introducing K-5 learners to circuitry with exploration, experimentation, and creativity through our DREAMS Lab problem-solving process.
Purpose and Rationale: Seven sets of the Sphero littleBits STEAM student set to use in our DREAMS Lab circuitry design units. To promote STEAM principles through exposure to circuits, computer science, and engineering. Our learners take ownership of their learning through hands-on experiences while working through a problem-solving deisgn process - the result is deep learning that our learners, families, campus, and district value.
Strategy: In the spring semester, 150+ 4th and 5th graders will engage in a unit on circuitry. Learners will explore the littleBits electronic set by beginning with an understanding of how electric energy can be transferred within the system. After building schema, learners will participate in a design challenge - with 4th grade creating an art machine and 5th grade creating a throwing arm - with the electronic sets. Finally, learners will be involved in an open design challenge called "Invent for Good" where learners will engineer a prototype that will help in making peoples' lives easier.
External Resources:Pairing with our art educator to integrate art elements into designs. Reaching out to the secondary level CTE programs to provide feedback to our learners' designs.
Evaluation Summary:Through user feedback given to learners using informal and formal surveys based on the design challenge criteria. In addition, end of unit feedback from learners on STEAM principles, social-emotional learning components, and subject standards.
Estimated Completion Date:March 25, 2022
Items you plan to purchase with grant money: 7 - Sphero LittleBits STEAM Student Set
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