We're very fortunate to have an innovative Science Facilitator, Lisa Lim-Cole, who believes kids should play with science hands-on, and we applied and were chosen to participate in a workshop which provided us with twelve Vex Robotics kits to utilize in our school and, man, has it been fun.
Since robotics and coding isn't directly stated in our curriculum, you have to find ways in, and there are many. One of the best ways, I've found is through the Design or Problem Solving Process which is one of the Big Ideas in our Science Curriculum.
What amazes me is how organically students create there own tasks and go through the Design/Problem-Solving Process. I loved watching their minds work. This is what I saw today:
First, they had to figure out how it worked.
They were truly the design process in action. Next, I'm moving them on to the coding aspect to see what happens there.
Fun day at the library!