Our Lego Robotics Grows STEM Learners and Service Learning Opportunities poster session went GREAT!
we spent Sunday night trying to put the LEGO WeDo robots back together
as they had come apart in transit from Alabama. It was a lot harder
than we thought! Jodie and I rebuilt several of them, but only managed
to get one to work with the programming software. I guess we forgot to
pack a 4th grader to help us with these technical difficulties.
to the day of the presentation, we had people start coming by and
talking to us before we were even set up. The LEGO WeDo stuff is
eye-catching and fun so it makes people want to stop. We had our wiki
set up on the large screen provided by ISTE and another computer set up
with the programming software demo at the other end. We displayed the
Teacher Edition notebook and the curriculum guide provided by LEGO and
many people were interested in them, but the thing almost everyone
wanted to know more about were our journals. Shout out to Lynn Kelley
for designing them and making them for us!
information we collected from the journals and from our observations
was what energized our interactions with the people who came by our
poster. We talked to people from all over the United States and several
folks from outside the US about what we did with 9 and 10 year olds in
Demopolis, Alabama. How cool is that?
here we were, a Special Ed Professor and a Tech Professor (former Latin
and English teacher) discussing programming and critical thinking
skills and gender differences and STEM and career choices and so much
more! Jodie and I had a great time and met so many interesting people.
And that, ladies and gentlemen, is why I love a poster session.