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The goal of incorporating LittleBits STEAM instructional circuitry sets is to provide hands on STEM collaborative projects that meet the needs of kinesthetic, auditory, and visual learners and to increase student engagement and interest in school and in STEM careers.

With LittleBits STEAM student circuitry sets, students will collaborate in pairs to explore circuits containing a power source, inputs, outputs, and wires. LittleBits STEAM student circuitry sets guide students through the invention and engineering design process to build a self-driving machine, a security device, an art machine and a throwing arm. In follow-up lessons, students are further challenged with four separate open-ended problems where students will explore ways to use LittleBits circuitry to create an invention of their own.

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Jabil - LittleBits –Applying Hands-On Circuitry to Introduce the Invention Cycle

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School:
Pinellas Secondary 
Subject:
Stem 
Teacher:
Susan Oliveto 
Students Impacted:
80 
Grade:
6-8 
Date:
October 16, 2016

Investors

Thank you to the following investors for funding this grant.

 

Jabil - $300.00

Pinellas Education Foundation - $291.90

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Goal

The goal of incorporating LittleBits STEAM instructional circuitry sets is to provide hands on STEM collaborative projects that meet the needs of kinesthetic, auditory, and visual learners and to increase student engagement and interest in school and in STEM careers.

With LittleBits STEAM student circuitry sets, students will collaborate in pairs to explore circuits containing a power source, inputs, outputs, and wires. LittleBits STEAM student circuitry sets guide students through the invention and engineering design process to build a self-driving machine, a security device, an art machine and a throwing arm. In follow-up lessons, students are further challenged with four separate open-ended problems where students will explore ways to use LittleBits circuitry to create an invention of their own.
 

 

What will be done with my students

Each LittleBits STEAM circuitry set includes nine complete classroom lessons; one introductory exploratory lesson, four step-by-step guided invention challenge lessons and four open-ended invention problem solving challenge lessons.

GUIDED CHALLENGES: Each time student teams interact with the LittleBits STEAM guided challenges circuitry set, they will follow detailed instructions to build a self-driving machine, a security device, an art machine, and a throwing arm.

OPEN ENDED CHALLENGES: Each time student teams interact with the LittleBits STEAM open ended challenges circuitry set, they will think critically to create electronic solutions to a problem they find in their classroom, a simple machine that will change the world, a cause-and-effect machine, and a prototype that will make life easier.

Once the LittleBits STEAM sets are acquired, the one introductory lesson on the invention cycle, and the eight lesson activity projects will be permanently integrated into the middle school science curriculum and will utilize approximately nine Science class periods throughout each school year within the Educational Stem Makerspace Library Center at Pinellas Secondary School.

The eight hands-on LittleBits STEAM lessons connect to our science curriculum and our Pinellas Secondary School Improvement Plan state standard alignment to increase student rigor, (through critical thinking and problem solving), and engagement, (through collaborating with hands-on construction projects).
 

 

Benefits to my students

Most hands-on STEM programs are held after school or during a special summer camp with a select group of students. This activity will allow ALL PSS Title I middle school students to benefit from these Educational STEM Makerspace learn by doing circuitry construction and invention projects and experience in action how STEM concepts such as power source, energy transfer, open and closed circuits, inputs, outputs, wires, and switches can work together to create new things and make things happen.

Other expected participant outcomes include increased student engagement, more specifically an increase in an interest in STEM activities, courses, and possible careers, and an interest in participating in more complex electronics activities, as well as improved collaboration skills gained by working together in a team.

The Library Media Specialist will be collaborating with the two Middle School Science teachers as well as with the one Middle School Art teacher to arrange the Educational STEM Makerspace Library class visits.
 

 

Describe the Students

We are a Title I Alternative Education school with 100% free and reduced lunch.
Out of our current student population:
86% are at Level 1 & 2
20% are ESE
18% are 504
2% are ESOL
 

 

Budget Narrative

Items included in the LittleBits STEAM Circuitry Set can be assembled and disassembled for repeated student use, school year after school year. 

 

Items

# Item Cost
1 Two LittleBits STEAM Student Sets @ $295.95 each $591.90
  Total: $591.90

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