Today we had our first in-class robotics competition. With five groups manipulating robots and one being way more advanced, I wasn't sure at first how to proceed. So last week, I asked the advanced group to create a challenge and then asked each of them to be team lead and hands-off-teach the other teams what they needed to know to be successful. So each grabbed a group and made it happen today. They had about 40 minutes to teach the path and to make their robot successful. One group struggled just a hair, but it was such an awesome experience to see them all finally succeed and then to find out what they learned in round one. I loved that the leads then stayed after class (missing part of their lunch) to discuss next week and what they could challenge the groups with in class. (We meet only on Wednesdays.) Kids have been approaching me throughout the week saying... "its almost Wednesday Mrs. D!" "Robotics is today Mrs. D!" "I can't wait for class!" Who knew it could be so much fun. The best part is that some prospective parents for next year walked in and were amazed, better yet, they were completely giddy! I thought it would be fun, but I have to say, every time I'm reminded that its Robotics day, I get a little excited myself! I wish I had more space in my class for more kids!
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