Series ConnectED Deeper Learning: Student Profile: A STEM Learner

Student Profile: A STEM Learner

Lesson Objective: Understand the experience of a student in a Linked Learning pathway
Grades 9-12 / STEM / PBL

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Discussion and Supporting Materials

Thought starters

  1. How was Kristin able to transform from a shy 9th grader into a confident leader as a 12th grader?
  2. How did the engineering technical component contribute to Kristin’s development?
  3. What skills does Kristin develop through teaching?

6 Comments

Private message to Leighann Hollweg
I really enjoyed the video. I love STEM projects because students are able to incorporate Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. The students in this video were learning and forming a deeper understanding. Lauren and I have been doing a lot of STEM activities with our students. Even our lower students love it!
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Private message to Lauren Vitiello
Really liked this video! Students were given confidence to achieve their goals from their teacher. This formation of a robot was so cool and motivated the students. I love STEM projects because students are able to use all subject areas to learn. The students in this video not only were learning but they were forming a deeper understanding. I learned that there are many ways to modify learning for many different learners in many different ways.
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Private message to Lauren Legotti
From watching this STEM/PBL based video, I learned the many positive outcomes that derive from this type of learning. In my past 3rd grade classrooms, I have always incorporated STEM projects, simply because my students absolutely loved the opportunity to work together to complete a task and face a challenge. There were so many great opportunities for math, writing, reading, science, and several other content areas to be incorporated into the activity, providing for excellent and "highly effective" lesson plans. The part that I thought was so interesting was that the students visited the middle school to share their projects and ideas with the kids, making a nice school connection between the kids. It was also super sweet to see how helpful and comforting the teacher was with supporting her student to develop confidence and achieve their goals. I have even begun implementing intensively modified STEM projects into my Life Skills classroom, which is a work in progress, but exciting at the same time
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Private message to Christy Dallao
I learned that teachers can help give students the extra confidence they need to achieve their goals. At first, the young lady in this video was unsure of her place in a male dominated field. With the help of her teacher, he was able to encourage her to continue pursuing her dream of engineering. I liked how the students go to the middle school to share their ideas. It helped the middle school students become more engaged in engineering and allow them to build a deeper connection.
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Private message to angelo santoro
I liked the fact that they are tasking students with real life problems to solve, and allowing them to put science and math to work to develop a tangible culmination of what they have learned in the form of a robot. As a tech teacher I also was involved in the FIRST robotics program and the students learn way more than how to build. They develop a unique set of problem solving skilled that transcend all subjects. They also get hands on experience in the world of engineering which can lead to many opportunities. This is the reason I enjoy what I do. I get to answer the "why". The students not only learn but develop a skill which is a form of deeper understanding. This type of skill will help them in whatever they choose to pursue.
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Transcripts

  • Student Profile: A STEM Learner Transcript

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    Card:
    Kristin
    A deeper learner from: ConnectEd
    Kristin: Live robot.

    Student Profile: A STEM Learner Transcript

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    Card:
    Kristin
    A deeper learner from: ConnectEd
    Kristin: Live robot.
    Lower Third:
    Kristin
    12th Grade Student
    School of Engineering & Sciences, Sacramento, CA
    Kristin: My name is Kristin Wong. I am a senior at the School of Engineering and Sciences. My goal in life is to become a Disney Imagineer and get to go to that Disney University. FRC robot.
    Student: Wait. Just set-up a new one then.

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    Kristin: The fact that we could put things together, we can also program it to work, we can make a light flash on a board, you could show the world like "Hey, I did this. I could create and I could design something, and it's made by my hands."
    Card:
    12th Grade Robotics Class
    Ken Davis: Is it moving now?
    Kristin: Yeah, it's moving. I mean, every now and then one of the wheels will like stop on it. What we're basically doing is making a go-kart, and we're trying to find one of the best designs.
    Ken Davis: Let's give it a shot.
    Lower Third:
    Ken Davis
    12th Grade Robotics Teacher
    School of Engineering & Sciences, Sacramento, CA

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    Ken Davis: She's been on my robotics team since she's been a sophomore, and she's been making strides, and right now she's a leader on the robotics team.
    Kristin: So let's take it outside.
    Lower Third:
    Manny
    12th Grade Student
    School of Engineering & Sciences, Sacramento, CA

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    Manny: Kristin, she's something else. I mean, compared to anybody here she's like my best friend, and we started working together because of FRC, First Robotics Competition, the first robotics team, and I started talking to her, and we got to know our likes and dislikes and all that, and we've found a mutual understanding that we love engineering. We decided also that we like teaching people. We decided together to think about a way to get more of the middle-schoolers involved.
    Card:
    7th Grade Engineering Class

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    Manny: Grab the cork and measure the metal from the center.
    Kristin: We just try and feed off of each other's ideas to better the school. Hold it higher up and turn your paper. It's easier to get a perfect circle.
    Lower Third:
    Dylan Besk
    7th Grade Engineering Teacher
    School of Engineering & Sciences, Sacramento, CA

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    Dylan Besk: So Manny and Kristin are determined to
    reach down to the middle-school students, and so they've talked about bringing different projects in. They would like to be able to bring in the types of robots that the older kids work on and expose the younger students to that caliber of robot.

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    Kristin: From what you can see you can eye-out what the center is. If that's not the center, then re-tract. That could help maybe a little bit. We're just trying to help them with their windmills and their towers. That way they could be a little bit more confident themselves. It's important, because we want the younger kids more engaged. Today we're selling food for our robotics team because we need to raise a lot of money to go to competition.

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    Olivia Wong: Which one would you like, chicken or pork? This one?
    Kristin: Just say chicken. So this is my mom, and her name's Olivia Wong.
    Olivia Wong: Hi.
    Kristin: My parents, they grew up pretty poor. My mom was from the Philippines. She came here when she was 16, and her father had just passed away, and so basically she grew up with nothing. And my father, he was raised on a woman's dirt floor in her basement. He only had hand-me-downs, and to get where he is now he had to work his hardest.

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    Student: How much?
    Olivia Wong: Three for $1.
    Student: I want to get six.
    Kristin: When they told me those stories they said that "You know, you need to push hard. You need to go far." Adobo is $3 unless you want to get a combo, which includes the root beer float.
    Student: I'll take one of these.
    Lower Third:
    Olivia Wong
    Kristin's Mother

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    Olivia Wong: I think she is doing great. She's on track. She wants to be somebody someday, and she's working hard.

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    Kristin: My mom's like "You know what, do whatever you like. Do what you think is best for you." It's usually perceived to be a male-dominant career. A lot of females believe "Well, it's a man's job, so they're going to take over whatever I do," and it's just the confidence level. You have to have a higher confidence level to be able to get through it all, because at first I didn't, and I was so intimidated in engineering until Mr. Davis came along. And then he's like "You know, you can do this. You can get into it, and once
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    you're into it you'll love it, and I promise you that." You know what? He was right.
    Ken Davis: When people in class have questions about wiring and electronics she's the one they go to, and it's nice to see that confidence that she has in herself now.

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    Kristin: Go backwards first. I want to do electrical engineering or mechanical engineering. As a Disney Imagineer I want to be part of designing all of the different rides. I'll have a skill set that most students won't have, and it's going to be a very strong skill set because we have learned this for so long. But, I mean, it's all really fun. I find joy in doing this.
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School Of Engineering & Sciences
7345 Gloria Drive
Sacramento CA 95831
Population: 536

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