Like all MBS students, fifth grade students at Cherokee Bend Elementary love to learn. They also like to find new ways to learn. One tool that they have used in recent years are robots.
Recently, CBS fifth graders entered the storage closet and pulled out the old robots that had not been used since before the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Many could not hold their battery or were outdated versions that were inadequate for proper use. So the students thought about it together and came up with a plan.
They didn’t have the money to buy new bots, so they brainstormed some ideas and discussions after class, decided to research bots and make some compelling Google slideshows. The class presented their findings to Principal, Dr. Ritchey, and encouraged them to come up with a plan to merge their ideas to create a complete Google slideshow for each class and present it to the PTO.
The whole class gathered to watch the final PTO presentations. They concluded with a question-and-answer session during which the students answered questions from the PTO.
The students were delighted to find that they had convinced PTO how important these robots and tools would be in improving teaching and learning at ALL levels of CBS. In the end, the students received $ 3,500 to purchase new robots and a 3D printer. They were thrilled.
In the future, they plan to create several technical teams to help teach other classes and teachers in the building how to integrate these tools into learning.
– Submitted by Mountain Brook Schools and edited by Village Living staff.