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Students Taking Charge: Creating Student Leaders Through Robotics, STEAM, and Activism

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Participate and share : Poster

Sunday, November 29, 12:30–1:30 pm PST (Pacific Standard Time)

Ellie Esquenazi  
Salomon Edery  
Mauricio Edery  
Sophie Kravetz  
Jake Kravetz  
Nancy Penchev  

Come meet student leaders who follow their passions and lead others to discover their own. Girls Building STEAM members create documentaries and presentations to bring attention to problems in the world, club leaders and robotics experts teach others about their passions, let us show you how to build student leaders.

Audience: Teachers, Principals/head teachers, Library media specialists
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices not needed
Topic: Student agency, choice & voice
Grade level: PK-2
Subject area: Social studies, STEM/STEAM
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Foster a culture where students take ownership of their learning goals and outcomes in both independent and group settings.
For Students:
Creative Communicator
  • Students create original works or responsibly repurpose or remix digital resources into new creations.
  • Students publish or present content that customizes the message and medium for their intended audiences.
Additional detail: Student presentation, ISTE author presentation
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Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

The objectives are:
-attendees will be able to discover students passions and assist students in creating leaders
-attendees will be able to create and support student led clubs
-attendees will be able to support student activism and help students find ways to share their passions with others

We will share all of our student led clubs and how we create and maintain student leaders.


1. Penchev introduce session and the idea of student voice and leadership
2. Salo Edery share his club
3. Mauricio Edery share his club
3. Claudia (Mom) will share why they supported this for their sons
4. Ellie shares Girls Building STEAM
5. Becky (Mom) shares GBS impact
6. Jake and Sophie share their experiences
7. Lando (Dad) shares his why student leadership is important

Supporting research

When students have a greater voice in the classroom and take on leadership roles, they develop stronger communication skills, take on a larger investment in their learning, and become stronger leaders in their school. When teachers are "in charge" students have less of a decision making role in the classroom and are not as active in the learning. When students get to direct their own learning, they take on responsibilities and work on a higher level.
When students collaborate and share their learning to a larger audience, they become more connected to the learning.


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Ellie Esquenazi, Scheck Hillel Community School
Salomon Edery, Scheck Hillel Community School
Mauricio Edery, Scheck Hillel Community School
Sophie Kravetz, Scheck Hillel Community School
Jake Kravetz, Scheck Hillel Community Day School
Nancy Penchev, Scheck Hillel Community School

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