Father Yermo Schools in El Paso, TX, faced the challenge of engaging their students, especially in science and technology. To address this, they strategically invested in Mimio by Boxlight educational technology, including award-winning MimioSTEM solutions, aiming to enhance 21st-century skills.
High schools and vocational institutions are at the forefront of shaping students for the challenges of an increasingly dynamic workforce. The integration of robotics, 3D printing, and interactive displays is no longer just convenient—it's essential. This transforms how students acquire vital life skills and prepares them for a competitive job market.
Denver Public Schools (DPS) is leading the way in career exploration through its Spark Early Career Exploration Program, emphasizing diverse career exposure for students. Olivia Barraza Kee, Senior Manager of DPS Spark, highlights the importance of developing career identities to shape students' futures positively: “The work of developing career identities for our students is really important to us so that they can plan and chart their futures and get careers that sustain them and their families." The program connects students with local businesses and offers an extensive online resource library.
Happy Red Planet Day, Educators! Red Planet Day celebrates Mars, encouraging exploration and understanding. Today, let's embark on an exciting journey to explore Mars with your students through simple lessons, 3D printing, and robotics. Get ready to make the Red Planet come alive in your classroom!
Integrating robotics into education has opened up new opportunities for both educators and students, offering a wide range of benefits and possibilities. Let's explore seven key advantages of using robotics in the classroom:
Introducing robotics and programming to K-8 students helps them develop problem-solving, critical thinking, and collaboration skillswhile making learning hands-on and fun. Robotics education also encourages students to actively engage with their learning. Mimioby Boxlight has long been a proponent of preparing students for a future of diverse opportunities and experiences through their educational technology solutions, including STEM focused products. Today MimioSTEM is introducing the next generation of its popular and award-winning MyBot with the MimioMyBot Recruit.
We are living in an age of Gen Z-ers who, as digital natives, are in tune with technological advances in communication such as social media, gaming, and conducting research almost exclusively using the internet. Their avenues for engagement are changing and teachers who are increasing STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) instruction in their classrooms are exploring ways to incorporate more hands-on, immersive learning experiences that combine innovative technology with real-world connections. The motivation for doing so? To see their students’ active participation in experiments and projects, as well as strengthening the four Cs to 21st-century skills: Critical Thinking, Collaboration, Communication, and Creativity.
This pandemic isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. Schools are working towards creating an environment where students can learn at home by equipping them with the necessary technology to make the “virtual classroom” a reality. Unfortunately, STEM learning doesn’t appear to be a focus and it needs to be.
I know I’m not alone when I envisioned a future in robotics as Rosie the robot maid on The Jetsons wheeling around dusting my furniture. When I began to see the trends in education to include more robotics and coding, I thought, “Yes! I can have my own Rosie or R2D2!” But that is a simplified vision of what robotics learning, and other advanced tech such as 3D printers, can offer. Educators who were already incorporating robotics and 3D printing could see the benefit these innovations had on their students’ learning – increased engagement, improved critical thinking skills, and enhanced conversation and collaboration in the classroom.
I really enjoy my work. Part of what I do puts me in situations where I learn new things and more about topics I thought I already understood. It is the second part of that sentence that tends to humble me fairly often.
When I talk to kids about space, I often tell them we know about this much about space, as I hold my fingers close together, and that there is this much to know, as I spread my arms out as far as I can.
As I walked out of a recent meeting, I began to think about how it is easy to become impressed with what we think we know when the simple fact is that there is so very much more to understand. We are separated from our students’ level of understanding by a very thin margin.