Teaching at Colegio Jacaranda

While being part of Tinkerall, I approached creative school Colegio Jacaranda with a proposal for a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) curriculum for students in Grades 2-4. The school’s Principal had shown interest in implementing an after school program that would develop students’ logic and problem-solving in order to complement Jacaranda’s creative/story-telling methodology.

14 students from Grade 2-4 registered for the class, and along with an assistant, I taught Basic Electronics, Robotics, and Programming for a period of 4 months on a 2-hour/week basis.

Electronics

Students learned the basic components of an electric circuit, series and parallel circuits, and how to turn circuits with LEDs and motors into fun projects.

BASIC CIRCUITS AND GREETING CARDS

ELECTRIC CITY (COLLABORATIVE PROJECT)

DOODLING BOTS

The students collaborated to make an Electrical City, in which each child was in charge of making a house/building, a car, or a wind turbine. Roads, trees, mountains, and lakes were later added to bring together the whole city.

Programming

Students explored the basics of programming with The Hour of Code and Scratch, and learned how to use MakeyMakey to control their coded projects.

Robotics

After learning the basics of block-programming and electronics, the class learned how they were applied to robots. I decided to use LEGO Boost for its simple and friendly interface.