Anderson Children's Foundation

Amelia Earhart Elementary School

Amelia Earhart Elementary School

2018-2019

Flexible Seating at Amelia Earhart Elementary School in 1st Grade + Student Lead Announcements

We want to get rid of the traditional desks and chairs and give students the opportunity to have a more collaborative and flexible seating type of classroom. This project would enable students to have flexible seating groups, engage in learning using dry erase table tops, move around the room with lap desks and so much more! Students would no longer be limited to desks and be able to move around to work in an environment that works best for them. Furthermore, they can literally write all over the tables to collaborate and engage in learning. When solving math problems, students could be working and solving problems in multiple ways. In writing, they could work together to create a more independent shared writing example. The different heights of the tables would also allow students to actually use our stools, ball chairs, beach chairs and etc. This project would also support technology. We are currently 1:1 with tablets, but limited with chromebooks and zero ipads. Many apps and programs are not available on our Android Tablets. By purchasing 2 ipad Mini’s we would be able to use different apps to really let students explore and create. Our students are learning how to read, write and develop basic math skills. However, they need to have this learning be relevant and really prepare for college and careers. Having access to more technology, flexible seating and collaboration will truly allow students to be ready for the college and/or career of their choice!

Robotics Wonder Workshop (2016-2017)

The Robotics Club at Earhart Elementary School is in its successful second year with limited access to outdated loaned equipment. Students arrive early each Tuesday with anticipation and excitement to see what new challenge they can overcome in the Robotics Club. As technology has progressed, the accessibility to robotics has also improved. Problem solving strategies are crucial, as it is difficult to construct a working robot unless the participants have a grasp of what it is that they are supposed to do and how they can go about accomplishing it. The design process used by engineers begins with understanding the capabilities and limitations of their tools and equipment, researching and understanding the problem at hand, conceptualizing a solution to that problem, constructing that solution, testing it to see how well it works, and revising their solution based on its performance. These steps are by no means restricted to engineering. They form the basis for sound problem solving across the board and can be transferred into any number of contexts. Studying robotics has the potential to make computer programming a less abstract endeavor, engage youth who would otherwise not be interested in technology or engineering, and bring high-technology down to the practical, everyday level.

This sustainable program provides reusable equipment, software, standards-aligned curriculum, and professional development opportunities to enable elementary students to write code and cover engineering design standards, thus exposing them to 21st century career ready skills as deemed necessary by President Obama and as outlined in the school district's Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP).

"In the coming years, we should build on that progress, by ... offering every student the hands-on computer science and math classes that make them job-ready on day one." - President Obama in his 2016 State of the Union Address