The CodeBot Program will infuse 21st century skills into the curriculum. Students will learn in a nurturing environment that will encourage them to effectively communicate, collaborate, think critically, and creatively use design thinking to solve problems. Through inquiry based experiences students will use robots and coding to develop persistence by exploring, designing, and creating while ‘trying it out, and making it better”. The infusion of these experiences will inspire students' curiosity and creativity.
Supportive technology, educational program sites, engaging robot kits along with applications such as Code.Org, Mod Kit, SCRATCH, MIT App Inventor, and Robot C will help create a setting where students think critically, and discover innovative solutions. Students will work together to develop a resolution to a problem by analyzing, prototyping, and testing their product. They will develop their communication skills as they present and describe their ideas.
Curriculum Support Specialist (CSS) will work closely with teachers and students to model the design thinking process. introduce applications, and facilitate group dynamics along with consensus building. sustainability will be insured as knowledge is transferred by gradually releasing the responsibility for the CodeBot Program from the CSS to the teacher and from the teacher to the students.
Students will communicate their understanding of science concepts as well as the design/thinking process to an audience of their teachers and peers.
Students will brainstorm ideas, try them out, and make them better. Through extensive modeling and collaboration, teachers and students will extend their understanding of the design thinking process.
Students will work in an environment that supports learning by doing as they work in teams on open-ended activities that excercise their natural creativity.
Students will be able to objectively evaluate solutions to problems in the community in order to make improvements on them.