When literacy meets technology and engineering


When literacy meets technology and engineering

by: Cheri A. Hayes, Ed.S | .
Shirley Lanham ES | .
published: January 17, 2017

When literacy meets technology and engineering, there’s no telling what can happen; the possibilities are endless! Lanham ES second grade students were recently challenged to use a range of household items to create robots with features that are only limited to what their imagination can come up with. Students had the option to focus on more challenging tasks such as designing, building, electronics and programming. This enabled them to be creative and independent while going through the engineering design process. This task certainly sharpened their problem solving skills, reasoning, and the creation of original ideas.

After reading our Reading Street story, Pearl and Wagner Two Good Friends, students had the opportunity to create a robot, just like two of the students in the story. Fortunately for them, they did not go through the same trials as the two characters, Pearl and Wagner, as they worked under the supervision of an adult at home. Nevertheless, these second grade students’ imaginations had no limit. They went over and beyond any expectations we had.

All kinds of creative ideas came to life as big robots walked in and small ones too. Trash-eating robots, live-saving robots and even a party-planning robot just to name a few. Robots made with boxes, robots made with foil, robots that move and robots that fall. Some are still standing on the table they share, most importantly, they all are right here! Feel free to stop by and give them a peak, they’re on showcase outside our classroom for the next two weeks!

Stay tuned for Mrs. Cleveland’s “Invention Convention” coming soon!

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