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UBTECH Early Innovator in Action: Juab School District

UBTECH Education launched the Early Innovator grant program in Fall 2019 with an aim to help address inequities in STEM education, leveling the playing field by exposing more students to robotics and engineering skills that will be vital to the workforce of the future. Through a competitive application process, 21 schools and districts across the […]

UBTECH Education launched the Early Innovator grant program in Fall 2019 with an aim to help address inequities in STEM education, leveling the playing field by exposing more students to robotics and engineering skills that will be vital to the workforce of the future. Through a competitive application process, 21 schools and districts across the U.S. were selected on the basis of their ability to address these inequalities, with UBTECH providing pro bono UKIT robotics kits, curriculum, and ongoing virtual support and professional development. One of these grantees, Juab School District in rural Utah, is already seeing success inspiring students with robots in the classroom.

Juab is located in central Utah, about 50 miles south of Provo and 100 miles south of Salt Lake City. Comprised of five schools, Juab serves over 2,600 students across three elementary schools, a junior high, and a high school, in addition to a shared, flexible learning space called the Innovation Center located at the junior high school. The district received 30 beginner UKITs and 6 intermediate UKITs, which are shared among 7 4th grade classrooms and the Innovation Center.

As the video highlights, UKITs offer a springboard into learning fundamental robotics and coding skills, including the first exposure to robotics for many of Juab’s students. The Innovation Center, in particular, uses UKITs to enable extended STEAM learning experiences that support the district’s Portrait of a Graduate strategic vision for learning and real-world skill development. Results will be analyzed at the end of the term through usage data, user surveys, classroom observations, and other milestones, while the enthusiasm of students learning with robots is already bringing a transformational impact to the classroom: “Last semester I had a few kids [for whom] getting assignments done was hard,” explained science and coding teacher Darcee Shepard. “The minute we brought out the UKITs and it became hands-on, they were 100% engaged and they were probably some of the best problem solvers and builders that I had in the class.”

Watch the video below to learn more about how Juab is teaching and inspiring its kids through hands-on learning with robots, and to learn more about UKIT learning solutions, click here.

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