UKIT Implementation Strategies by Early Innovator John Davino
With the goal to address inequities in STEM education by exposing more students to robotics, AI, and engineering, UBTECH Education created the Early Innovator grant program to help districts amplify their STEM initiatives and prepare all students to thrive in the careers of tomorrow. Since its launch in 2019, we’ve awarded over 300 UKIT Beginner […]
With the goal to address inequities in STEM education by exposing more students to robotics, AI, and engineering, UBTECH Education created the Early Innovator grant program to help districts amplify their STEM initiatives and prepare all students to thrive in the careers of tomorrow.
Since its launch in 2019, we’ve awarded over 300 UKIT Beginner and UKIT Intermediate robotics kits to 16 school sites across the United States. We connected with a few of our Early Innovator recipients to hear and share their experiences on implementing UKITs within their classrooms and districts. Each week we will feature an educator’s story of how UKITs have helped support their STEM initiatives.
This week’s spotlight is on John Davino, Assistant Principal at Samuel S. Gaines Academy of Emerging Technologies (Fort Pierce, FL).
- Grades served: Grades K-8
- Level of UKITs: UKIT Beginner
- # of UKITs: 16
- Implementation scenario: Used in a before/after school program; Elementary elective classroom
- Time spent per day/week using UKITS: 45 minutes a week
Why did you pick UBTECH?
The UKITs were an appealing option for ease of use and the variety of models that could be built. Additionally, the lessons and the UKIT EDU app made coding the robots easy to teach.
How does the implementation with UKITs support your STEM initiatives?
As a STEM Magnet program, we are seeking to offer a variety of opportunities in coding and robotics, as well as Design Challenge and Makerspace classes. The UKITs have allowed us to increase the number of students with direct, hands-on access to robotics.
How did you structure activities or lessons using UKITs?
We have started doing engineering activities where students design, build, program, and present their models as though they are bidding on a job.
What makes your approach unique?
Our site is unique in that we have included the UBTECH UKITs as a support in our Physical Education classes. Students completing the Golf Club robot have been learning about how technology and athletics can be intertwined.
What learning outcomes have you seen with students using UKITs?
We have seen increased engagement and interest in STEM opportunities.
To learn more about our STEM robotics kits, visit the UKIT Beginner page for details on the kits used at Samuel S. Gaines Academy of Emerging Technologies.
Find out how we can help you bring UKITs to your classroom or district!