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3rd graders build robots at Santa Rita Elementary School

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to me seeing the third graders in this kind of setting is exactly what we talk about when we talk about hands-on learning project-based learning and I was amazed the kids understood the concept I mean I checked in with three or four different kids and each one that I asked about the sensors and their rope they were able to explain to me why the robot was getting the wood and how the motor had to reverse I mean I was just blown away by the vocabulary and the concepts the kids were introduced to really push this back right when Sean puts on a motor in the imager the motor will [Music] on the first day just approaching the whole content starting with the atom and working your way through that it was amazing to see that the students were interested and it could have been because they knew they were going to build a robot eventually but they were interested in the content and knowing that process and then when we moved beyond the content and started to have that application students that's so excited and to see the fact that the Kings hockey fans and to learn how to solder it it was just it was just so amazing to see the whole process hardest part was chemically soldering and hot gluing get a chest out for me I kind of like the the table was a little streak so the robot wasn't doing its own job so for me the thing that I've learned in the project is that you don't necessarily know and so you know I think being able to come into the classroom is extremely valuable it's taking all the assumptions that we've made and saying these are good assumptions or these aren't with assumptions so now we have a much better idea of what works and how we can potentially scale it [Music] sister supper led to burgeon that person these are the LED lights right here these are the switches that are you hugger battery holder with batteries in it these are the paper clips these are other kinds of switches these are resistors these are the motors we this is the starter that we started the wires on with their their depth of understanding was surprising to me and I don't know why it should have been but and I somebody said to me today this should not be the exception why aren't we teaching like this I gotcha you know why are we not teaching like this all the time because it's possible and it's amazing what you can do with kids I think one of the most important values in this kind of project is the hands-on experience so you take a lot of the things that they're reading the books about atoms and what energy is and where energy sources and they learned about sunlight as an energy source but actually using a solar cell and being able to apply it to transfer that energy and see it for themselves the light up the LED I think that is an enriching experience in itself [Music]