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Participate and share : Interactive lecture


Wednesday, June 26, 12:00–1:00 pm
Location: 126AB

William Allen   Gwenda Davis   Jane Flynn   Timothy Grijalva  
Dive into the development of our district-wide STEAM Friday program, where every 4th and 5th grade student (1039) experiences Robotics, Engineering, Art, and Keyboarding/Coding. Explore: Robotics With Lego WeDo 2.0 kits Hands-on approach to Engineering Art, both history and Tinkercad with 3D printing Coding/keyboarding fundamentals

Audience: Curriculum/district specialists, Principals/head teachers, Technology coordinators/facilitators
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Windows, Android, iOS
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Computer science and computational thinking
Grade level: 3-5
Subject area: STEM/STEAM, Science
ISTE Standards: For Students:
Computational Thinker
  • Students break problems into component parts, extract key information, and develop descriptive models to understand complex systems or facilitate problem-solving.
Creative Communicator
  • Students choose the appropriate platforms and tools for meeting the desired objectives of their creation or communication.
For Educators:
Facilitator
  • Create learning opportunities that challenge students to use a design process and computational thinking to innovate and solve problems.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

The purpose of this program is to ensure our students are prepared to take high school and CTE courses in engineering, robotics, art, and programming. Many of these courses/programs may lead to a STEAM type career.

Some of our logistics include meeting with a district "STEAM Team". Our team created and organized curriculum from the ground up. We use both free and purchased curriculum in our four-eight week rotations - to include STEMScopes, Meet the Masters, LEGO, Code.org, Keyboarding Without Tears, and Tinkercad. Our STEAM Team is comprised of two teachers from each of our seven elementary campuses. With guidance from our two middle school robotics teachers and our CTE engineering teacher, we include skills needed for advancement of STEAM courses with vertically lessons.

Within this Interactive Lecture, we will give participants opportunity to have the same experience as our students do within their STEAM Friday rotations.

Rotation 1: Engineering - Participants will engage and cooperatively solve a problem with specific guidelines and materials.

Rotation 2: Robotics - Participants will use LEGO WeDo 2.0 kits to program and manipulate them to complete a task.

Rotation 3: Keyboarding/Coding - Participants will be shown how students use Keyboarding Without Tears to experience how students learn a vital 21 Century skill. We will also use Code.org as a catalyst for foundational programming.

Rotation 4: Art - Participants will be shown basic art skills and examples of how these skills are used by our 4th grade art students. Our 5th grade art students use Tinkercad to create 3D objects that are subsequently 3D printed with a district 3D printer.

A sample Lesson can be found by following this link:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/13vki84utbcmqYuPwsNC_ps1wGxW4jsP209vKbIMdHEA/edit?usp=sharing

Evidence of learning can be found by following this link (robotics competition - end of rotation):
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1fxiEyBeBXNApdImVX1N1kJGHmBNCEK5n/view?usp=sharing

Outline

Outline is as follows (will be adjusted based on allotted time given):

Introduction and overview of program - 10 minutes
Four Rotations - 12 minutes each

Engineering Rotation - Participants will engage and cooperatively engineer and solve a problem with specific guidelines and materials.

Rotation Robotics - Participants will use LEGO WeDo 2.0 kits to program and manipulate them to complete a task.

Keyboarding/Coding Rotation - Participants will be shown how students use Keyboarding Without Tears to experience how students learn a vital 21 Century skill. We will also use Code.org as a catalyst for foundational programming.

Art Rotation - Participants will be shown basic art skills and examples of how these skills are used by our 4th grade art students. Our 5th grade art students use Tinkercad to create 3D objects that are subsequently 3D printed with a district 3D printer.

Supporting research

Follow the link that supports STEAM in the classroom as supporting research.

https://thejournal.com/articles/2017/05/18/how-steam-transformed-our-schools-culture.aspx

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Presenters

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William Allen, Cleburne ISD
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Gwenda Davis, Wheat Middle School/Cleburne ISD
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Jane Flynn, Cleburne ISD
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Timothy Grijalva, Cleburne Independent School District

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