|Describe your internship experience.
You are creating a product that transfers your internship experience into educational resources. Please describe the challenges and successes you are experiencing.
The largest challenge that I faced during this fellowship is the same challenge that I face during the school year. There is always a time crunch. The scattered obligations posed a challenge to spending time developing a focused product. Additionally, the material itself, engineering and wearable devices is very difficult to shoehorn into the state mandated curriculum especially when the assist center has a list of requirements and expectations for the lesson plans as well. It was extremely challenging to develop a lesson that meets the requirements of the state, the mentors, is feasible in the time available, with the resources available, that is still interesting and relevant to students.
How do you see your internship experience benefitting your mentor’s organization?
The assist center may get a fresh perspective or potential new directions to take their development. While our projects and brainstorming might not be anywhere near a final project, simply the creative process might stimulate new ideas.
Students are told they have to go to school. They are told they need to take certain classes. In class they are told what they need to learn.
It is easy to see how certain students can object to this situation. Our challenge is to make the learning meaningful and something to be sought rather than assigned. While this is not a new thought, it does not seem to be widely implemented. One of the obstacles to the implementation is the