|Girl Scouts and New Lego Robotics in the After School STEM Program|
Each computer the girls programmed was on devices called Raspberry Pi's, which is an introductory device used for coding. During the program, students were supervised by a team of experts who guided our students to successfully program the computers to make an audible signal, a visual signal and even construct their own Ms. Packman game! The Raspberry Pi mini-course is just one of the many offerings of curriculum that LFDCS and the Girl Scouts provide for the After School STEM Program. LFDCS also has a new program for Upper School students. Every Tuesday after school LFDCS students in grades 6-8 participate in a Lego Robotics Program at the STEM Center. The Lego Robotics program is the result a joint effort between the Latino STEM Alliance (LSA) and the LFDCS STEM After School Program. The robotics program teaches students the benefit of collaborative problem solving, computer coding and engineering skills. Beyond assembling and programing robots, the curriculum focuses on content learning for the engineering design process, collaborative practice and 21st century skills. All students keep a journal throughout the year to document their experiences in the program. Documenting individual and team learning in the form of written expression is crucial for recording, measuring and documenting our success with the robotics program in its first year. With this in mind, LFDCS and the LSA measures each team members’ success in problem-solving, leadership, teamwork and communication during every session. The Lego Robotics Program runs throughout the entire school year. Students will partake in field trips, have parental engagement events and compete in a robotics competition against other schools from across the state.