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UKIT Implementation Strategies by Early Innovator Kristi DeTorres

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 Kristi DeTorres, an Educator at Mount Adams Middle School (White Swan, WA).

  • Grades served: Grades 7-8
  • Level of UKITs: UKIT Intermediate
  • # of UKITs: 16
  • Implementation scenario: Used in core classroom
  • Time spent per day/week using UKITS: One hour per week

Why did you pick UBTECH?

We picked UBTECH because they are in the business of robotics. Because of this, I felt that they would have innovative ideas and robots.

How does the implementation with UKITs support your STEM initiatives?

I am able to combine science and technology together while students engage in building, designing, and programming robots.

How did you modify your regular teaching approach as a result of using the UKITs?

I am doing more hands on activities with all of my classes.

How did you structure activities or lessons using UKITs?

I had my students build one pre-designed robot and use the joystick to move it. Now, we are moving into them modifying their robots and doing autonomous programming.

What learning outcomes have you seen with students using UKITs?

The learning outcomes that I have seen with my students is their ability to work together; solving problems; building a robot from a diagram and then adjusting it to suit the needs of their ideas. I am having them work on coding right now, and having them go and fix the coding when it does not work.

What are your future plans with the UKITs or your STEM program?

I would like to continue working with the UKITs and pushing my students to do more adjustments and adding more sensors to make something that helps others. As for the STEM program, I do have Arduino kits that we will be working on for next trimester. I will also start working on adding some leadership parts to the class.

 

To learn more about our STEM robotics kits, visit the UKIT Intermediate page for details on the kits used in Kristi’s class.

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