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Primary students will learn to program the Dash and Dot robots using Blockly (visual programming language). In addition, intermediate students will learn to write code and program the robots to complete more complex tasks and/or challenges, with the goal of competing in the Wonder League Robotics Competition next school year.

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Jabil-STEM: coding and programming

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School:
Bay Point Elementary School 
Subject:
Stem 
Teacher:
Leslie Hale 
Students Impacted:
45 
Grade:
K-5 
Date:
October 25, 2016

Investors

Thank you to the following investors for funding this grant.

 

Jabil - $400.00

Pinellas Education Foundation - $449.00

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Goal

Primary students will learn to program the Dash and Dot robots using Blockly (visual programming language). In addition, intermediate students will learn to write code and program the robots to complete more complex tasks and/or challenges, with the goal of competing in the Wonder League Robotics Competition next school year.  

 

What will be done with my students

Students will spend 30-45 min per week of their Advanced Academics instruction to progress through the Dash and Dot curriculum:
Introduction to coding and robotics - 1 hour of code
Step by step - 3 classes on sequences and algorithms
​A series of unfortunate events - 3 classes on events
Dance the loopedy loop - 3 classes on loops
Robot petting zoo - project based activity for 3 classes
Robot movie star - project based activity for 4 classes
Introduction to variables - 3 classes on variables
Very variable game day - project based activity for 2 classes
Students will end the semester (if timing goes as planned) with a parent night to show off what they have learned. Fifth graders will also have an "open house" during one day of class to allow other classes to come through for a quick demonstration/presentation to see what they accomplished. A small group will also set up a demonstration table during our school wide science fair to share the experience with other students and families. If the program is successful with my gifted students, I would like to expand the program to an afterschool program next year so more students may participate.  

 

Benefits to my students

Although the majority of my students are high performers academically, many lack the critical reading and problem solving skills to be successful. Coding and robotics are highly engaging and require these two skills as well as the use of creativity, which are all part of the gifted curriculum and the skill set necessary to be 21st Century Learners. Our students enjoy technology and are motivated by its use, which will encourage them to work above and beyond the written test, while practicing the STEM skills future careers will require.

, using critical reading and problem solving  

 

Describe the Students

I service a group of approximately 45-50 gifted students on a weekly basis(numbers fluctuate based on new placements and students moving into our school). At this time, 39% of my students are coded as Black, 41% of my students are coded as White, 9% of my students are coded as Hispanic and 2% are coded as Mixed and Asian, respectively. My students are all considered ESE (although not as strugglers) as they demonstrate a need for an accelerated, advanced curriculum, which is why they have been identified and placed in the gifted program.  

 

Budget Narrative

The money is to buy a Club Starter Pack, which consists of three of each of the following: Dot, Dash, accessory pack, building brick connector, and launchers. We will use the free app on 3 kindles currently in our school to keep the cost as low as possible.  

 

Items

# Item Cost
1 Club Starter Pack $849.00
  Total: $849.00

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