September 28, 2016
2nd Grade — colab

Prospect Sierra colab is a FabLab, a Makerspace, and a Technology Lab all in one – a fluid space, where students can tinker and create. While the tools may vary from the technological (3D printers, laser cutters) to the basic (hammers, duct tape), the goal is to give students a place to develop Design Thinking, 21st century skills, and a passion for exploration, tinkering, hacking, and creating.

  • Engineering, Robotics, & Computer Science:
  • Building simple and compound machines by studying real world examples and learning about motion and force
  • Engineering Design Process (plan, test, improve)
  • Physical computing (Dash and Dot robots, building LEGO compound machines)
  • Block-based computer programming (Blockly, Scratch)
  • Technology and Digital Literacy:
  • Computer hardware; visiting websites
  • Computer shortcuts; citation of sources
  • Research strategies using the internet, online databases, reference books, magazine articles, and non-fiction sources
  • Digital citizenship (information literacy, internet safety, privacy and security)
  • Approaches to Learning:
  • Hands-on activities
  • Problem solving, collaboration, resilience, perseverance, tinkering
  • Designing and testing prototypes
  • Responsible and competent use of technology
  • Curiosity, flexible thinking, empathy, cooperative learning