We've implemented a robotics program to afford students opportunities to develop a familiarity with and understanding of robotics technology, problem-solving, and collaboration skills while simultaneously building on their computational skills.
Robotics has opened the doors to other robotic opportunities across the district. To help teach the fundamentals of computational thinking and physical computing, we introduced Bee-Bots for all pre-K students, as well as our Preschool Programs for Children with Disabilities (PPCD) and PreK Collaborative teachers to support our early learners as they begin building a computer science foundation.
WINBot-Pathway to Innovation was implemented in the fall of 2017 to introduce students in grades 2–9 who are part of our WIN Academy to coding, programming, and computational thinking with the help of Ozobots or Spheros robots.
The ROBOCOM competition originated in our district for students in grades 4–8 to develop a collaborative effort with the University of Texas at El Paso, as well as through strong support from district leadership to support STEM. By establishing this event, we have developed a distinct pipeline of students with a strong vertical alignment in scientific methodology that they will use throughout their educational path and beyond to help them realize the vision of tomorrow’s leaders learning today.