Reflecting on my Internship

My most interesting moment in my internship was observing the way in which the scientists and research associates respect each other’s expertise and just generally seemed to enjoy being around one another. This really had me feeling resolved to contribute to such a positive morale in my own school environment. Instead of hoping that others would do it, I have started the year resolved to “be the solution”.
One of my biggest challenges was to balance project ideas with complex data. I was not certain where I could apply what I was learning to an elementary student population.
Hard to say what the biggest takeaway was but I know that seeing the amount of data used on a daily basis in every facet of the production line made an impression on me. I found myself wishing that my fifth graders could see this for themselves. It has certainly impacted the direction I have taken with my project; in it students are able to be the scientist, but also be the HR, finance employee, the maintenance worker, etc, but in each and every scenario, they are immersed in data as part of their exploration.

Transitioning from Internship to Classroom

Back to school! In fact, it’s already week three for teachers and week two for students. My ideas are still yet visions, but they are beginning to take shape. My SOP unit (Standard Operating Procedures) with our new robot has excited third graders. I know that there will be a lot of pieces and scaffolds I need to put in place. But ultimately when all is said and done, the students will create something very useful for teachers and students at Easley.

After watching the online videos and experimenting with the Bot, students will offer feedback to one another after they have completed their section of the SOP.

I am going in thinking that I might be crazy to hold such high expectations of students but if this works, it will provide many benefits to all involved, namely the teachers and students that would also like to use the Bots but don’t yet know how, as well as teaching 3rd-5th graders valuable career skills.

I look forward to updating soon on our progress!