Monday, July 31, 2017

3 Teachers Who Knew Nothing About STEM Started a Robotics Program


Website: We Are Teachers
Article Posted by Kimberley Moran

When Maureen Reilly, fourth-grade teacher at PS 261 in Brooklyn, NY, decided to co-lead a FIRST® LEGO® League team at her school, she had no idea what to expect. She wasn’t even sure she’d know what to teach, after all, she wasn’t “into” science or math and knew nothing about starting a robotics program. She did know one thing—a team would improve the situation. So she recruited the special education teacher and the technology teacher at her school. Neither knew anything about robotics either, but they all agreed, Maureen laughed, “to forgive ourselves for not knowing things.”
Despite being unsure at first, this robotics program remains one of Maureen’s best teaching experiences. Here are six lessons the three teachers learned when they pushed themselves and their students to discover more through STEM:

1. Every kid can learn through STEM

2. The more the brain is occupied, the better

3. Choose your own adventure

4. FIRST STEM programs build soft skills

5. Problem solving inspires new learning opportunities

6. The skills are directly transferable to a career

Click here to read details on these 6 key points!

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