WeDo S.T.E.M.

WeDo S.T.E.M.

“Using WeDo, we want to provide our students with the opportunity to build animals, soccer players and more, then add movement with fun, drag and drop software.” ~ Sydni Neves, McMicken Heights

Sydni Neves applied for an Excel Grant last fall on behalf of the 4th and 5th grade teachers at McMicken Heights Elementary. Their goal was to partner with their elementary students to create innovative robotics projects using Lego’s WeDo sets and Scratch (the free programming software from MIT).

They planned to use the materials with the 4th grade students during the day and then offer a 6-week class after school to fifth and sixth grade students.

According to Sydni: “We set out to introduce 4th and 5th graders to robotics using Lego’s WeDo Kits.  Students learned how to made different figures and then connect them to a computer. Each group then used Scratch to program the moving parts.”

For the after school program, Sydni worked to recruit girls and then students who were not very successful as scholars.

WeDo S.T.E.M.

19 fifth graders and 5 fourth graders participated in this after school program. In addition, all fourth graders used the WeDo kits during science in the Winter & Spring.

“Many of the students who participated in these activities had never built anything with Lego materials before. Students had to communicate and work in groups. They all reported having fun and feeling successful in the end. I think this made a difference in our school because this enriching activity helped kids to see themselves as successful and smart.”

 

 

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Imagine a time when all students are fully engaged and excited about learning!  Where all teachers have the additional funding necessary to implement creative projects that help their students obtain a deeper understanding of the curriculum. Excel Grants allow teachers like Sydni Neves’  find the funding for the programs to help kids “see themselves as successful and smart” but we can usually only fund about 50% of the requests that we receive.  You can help by making a donation today!

Since 1999, the Highline Schools Foundation has been supporting innovation and excellence in Highline Public Schools. Our funding priorities focus on programs to improve academic achievement, supporting college and career readiness, grants to teachers for engaging classroom projects, the arts, athletics, and programs that keep students in school and productive. Highline is a district full of need and opportunity. The Highline Schools Foundation is the only non-profit organization dedicated to all schools in our district—our goal is to help as many students as possible be successful!

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