The nationwide shift to remote learning has forced us to reimagine our traditional hands-on credit-bearing classes. Instead of physically opening our doors for our students, we've turned our cameras for our zoom sessions.
As educators, the idea of a remote school year and FTC season posed challenges, but also pushed us to innovate new opportunities to work with and engage our students. We took this as an opportunity to focus on a new way to digitally collaborate, master new design and engineering tools, and participate in a host of technical workshops and build sessions. Most importantly, we found novel ways to bring our lesson plans to life through our engineering kits which will enable them to design, prototype and build their very own robots and creations.
Our STEM Center designed an engineering kit using Autodesk Fusion 360 (and cut on our epilog laser). Over the past few weeks, we have assembled over 100+ STEM Kits. The kits include supplies for prototyping, circuitry, physical computing, and learning about mechanisms - plus a few stencils so that students can produce their own designs! From materials to prototype digital creations, to mechanisms & more, we are excited to get our students working with their kits.
As we reimagine STEM education in a remote world, we hope to inspire the next generation of STEM leaders. We’re driving STEM concepts in a hands-on manner that will allow our students to tinker and build with their personalized engineering kits. We can’t wait to see how our students grow in a multitude of ways with their expanded toolkit. They’ll be able to tackle the challenges within their community and think differently about bringing out new and innovative solutions.