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Ft Worth I.S.D.‚ 21st Century CLC - Riverside MS
Sue Matkin and Sonja N. Franklin
100 North University Drive‚ Suite 232NE
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Lego Lab is a hands-on "Young Engineers" class. It includes mechanical‚ architectural and robotic engineering and design. Engineers from Lockheed Martin volunteer at the program every week and serve as mentors to the students. The engineers stress to the students the importance of doing well in school and of continuing their education.
Number of Students Involved in This Activity: 35
Range of Student Ages: Seven to fourteen years old
Duration of Activity: Two hours biweekly
What is the academic content of this activity?
This activity incorporates literacy‚ math and science. Students are able to choose projects from a number of categories that include mechanical engineering‚ robotics‚ architecture‚ logo‚ HTML‚ chess‚ electricity‚ physical science‚ art‚ etc. After choosing a category‚ students are given assignments from the computer program with a wide range of levels. Students work through each level and are given a vocabulary list and a quiz after completion. They also record in a journal.
How does this activity create strong relationships?
Strong relationships are created with the engineers from Lockheed Martin who serve as mentors. The mentors guide students through each project and they are also able to answer any questions the students may have. The mentors are able to relate the projects to real-life engineering.
What opportunities are there for authentic decision making?
Students are able to select which category they want to work on. On each project students are required to design every element of the project. After each project is completed‚ students then must make a journal about the project‚ and a test is given.
What student leadership opportunities are there?
Students present projects to mentors and give explanations of what they have created‚ why‚ and how.