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PS 255 The Barbara Reing School
Lego Robotics/Instructional Technology
Upon visiting classrooms throughout P.S. 255, technology integration is clearly evident. Teachers use technology to complement their lessons throughout the day. Technology is infused into instruction in all subject areas. Our school has wireless internet (WiFi) available in all instructional areas. Mobile technology such as iPads and laptops, used along with interactive white boards are available in our classrooms. Sets of laptop computers and tablets are available for teachers to borrow to assist in differentiating instruction. Technology helps our teachers’ work more effectively in all subject areas. Integration of technology instruction helps to broaden and expand student learning.
LEGO Robotics a project-based approach to STEM instruction.
Our Lego Robotics program, under the instructional lead of Mr. Paul Armada, provides our students the opportunity to learn "real world" skills using current technology with dynamic, hands-on experience. Students employ interaction skills with peers in project-based learning. From the moment each Robotics class begins, students are immediately engaged in activities to complete tasks by understanding and following instructions, written directions, and extracting information from and reading diagrams. Robotics classes challenge students in tasks that include hands-on experience in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) subjects using manipulatives that many students are familiar with: LEGO products. Students are introduced to real-world skills in a friendly, student-centered environment which lessons are closely aligned with the common core standards.
During each LEGO Robotics session, a task is presented to the class and students, working in groups, employ techniques introduced by our instructor, Mr. Armada. Each task is based on which phase must be completed at the time. Phase 1: Build, Phase 2: Motorize, and Phase 3: Program (Code). At the completion of these three phases, students will have a completed project in the form of an "end effector", or 'part of a robot' as you may commonly refer to it.
LEGO Robotics lessons give students the opportunity to sharpen their skills in a number of ways. Robotics engages students from the moment they begin their tasks in student-centered learning within groups. Students are provided the proper learning environment to practice managing time effectively, recalling and applying learned knowledge, positive interactions with peers, and resolving the delegation of responsibilities. Students must practice group work skills that, when built upon, will prepare them for success in their future academic and career endeavors. We commonly refer to these set of skills as college and career readiness.