As presenters at the 19th Annual Virginia Children’s Engineering Convention – the largest elementary engineering conference for teachers in the country – we thoroughly enjoyed sharing our instructional experiences and student performance results, specifically in robotics and engineering education, as S.T.E.M. teachers at AC. Our focus was on the transformative impact of robotics as well as developing a K–5 continuum of real world, engineering education with robotics.
We enjoyed sharing highlights of our instructional techniques and teaching pedagogy and providing a systematic and comprehensive approach to developing S.T.E.M. fluency and strategic innovation. We also provided demonstrations of the project-based learning (PBL) tasks our S.T.E.M. team has developed, re-purposing robotics systems and electronic components for designing interactive structures and smart robots programmed with sensors and actuators. Throughout our presentation, we also shared the remarkable results of our Lower School students who are in their third year of our robotics and engineering classes and are successfully being introduced to higher-level robotics and engineering systems typically taught at the Middle and even High School levels. As we also shared, our students at AC keep us, their S.T.E.M. teachers, challenged to continually develop new and innovative learning experiences in real world, robotics and engineering education!
We have also been invited to present on our S.T.E.M. students’ real world robotics and engineering learning experiences at two upcoming conferences within the next several weeks: the New York State Technology and Engineering Educator’s Association Annual Conference as well as for the Science Teachers Association of New York State Spring into Science with S.T.E.M. Conference.
Our AC S.T.E.M. students truly make us proud!
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