Work in progress - collaborative outreach to “atrisk” middle school students using LEGO robotics

  • Franz D
  • Elmore B
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Abstract

Through an ongoing collaboration among Mississippi State's Swalm School of Chemical Engineering, the College of Education and Fifth Street Middle School in Westpoint, Mississippi, pre-service mathematics teachers and "at-risk" middle school students come together to focus on learning STEM concepts in an innovative way using LEGO robotics. A key feature of this project is the highly visual approach to teaching and studying STEM concepts. The current phase of the project is directed toward "at risk" middle school students-students whose performance on assessments indicates a strong likelihood of their failure or discontinuance from school. Pre-service teachers participate in completing lesson planning and execution coupled with service-learning by delivering the lessons to middle school students. The collaboration between the university and K-12 faculty members AND across disciplinary boundaries (i.e. engineering and education) provides a unique opportunity to bring innovative approaches to the K-12 classroom.

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  • “at-risk” middle school students
  • Chemical engineering
  • Collaboration
  • Collaborative work
  • College of Education
  • Education
  • Educational institutions
  • Educational programs
  • Educational robots
  • Engineering profession
  • Fifth Street Middle School
  • K-12 faculty members
  • LEGO robotics
  • Mathematics
  • Mississippi
  • Swalm School of Chemical Engineering
  • Testing
  • Westpoint
  • computer aided instruction
  • educational institutions
  • middle school students
  • pre-service teachers
  • preservice mathematics teachers
  • robots
  • service learning
  • service-learning
  • teaching

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  • D Franz

  • B B Elmore

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