UKIT Implementation Strategies by Early Innovator Lee Anne Carnell
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 Lee Anne Carnell, a STEAM Teacher at Dan Mills Elementary School (Nashville, TN).
- Grades served: Grades K-4
- Level of UKITs: UKIT Beginner
- # of UKITs: 8
- Implementation scenario: Used to supplement activities in classroom; used as an intro to robotics in my related arts classes for grades 3-4
- Time spent per day/week using UKITS: 1-2 hours per day
What challenges the district or school face in STEM prior to using UBTECH?
STEAM is a brand new class at this school, and there were little to no opportunities (other than computers) for students to experience coding robots.
How does the implementation with UKITs support your STEM initiatives?
UKITs 100% support robotics, coding, problem solving, creative thinking, and collaboration. Those are the fundamental characteristics I look for when planning lessons for my students.
How did you modify your regular teaching approach as a result of using the UKITs?
UKITs put more of the lead into the hands of the students. It really allows me to SEE them in the process of problem-solving and creativity. I like how much of the process is student-led.
How did you structure your class period using UKITs?
I have six working groups in my classroom, and eight kits, so I have tried to use groups of three and four students, when possible. It helps with team building as well. Students figure out how they will be equitable with time, taking turns, giving directions, etc.
What features of UKITs do you use?
We use everything in the kits. I want the kids to feel like they can be creative if they want to, and they should be able to use every part of the kits.
What learning outcomes have you seen with students using UKITs?
I have observed students becoming more comfortable using code. We do coding activities on the computer, but using it in a productive and practical way gives them real world experience, and so many of our students learn better by DOING. Some students are also more confident in sharing their ideas, or being part of group reflection. Being a part of the process helps give them a perspective of their own, and they seem to share better than they did before.
To learn more about our STEM robotics kits, visit the UKIT Beginner page to get an in-depth look at the kits Lee Anne used.
Find out how we can help you bring UKITs to your classroom or district!