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UKIT Implementation Strategies by Early Innovator Shantell Bolden

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 Shantell Bolden, Director of Programming at STEM NOLA (New Orleans, LA). 

  • Grades served: Grades K-8
  • Level of UKITs: UKIT Beginner, UKIT Intermediate
  • # of UKITs: 16 (8 of each level)
  • Implementation scenario: Used in a before/after school program
  • Time spent per day/week using UKITS: 4 hours per week

 

What challenges the class or school face in STEM prior to using UBTECH?

STEM resources were very limited. Facilitators are inexperienced in implementing technology without a well-versed background.

Why did you pick UBTECH?

Hands-on engaging technology for all ages incorporating engineering and computers for a user friendly experience.

How does the implementation with UKITs support your STEM initiatives?

Hands-on exposure to technology while enforcing 21st Century skills.

Have you used the curriculum? What did you find useful?

Yes, the virtual step-by-step instructions and animation using the UKITs provide an enjoyable experience for out of school time (OST) learning and engaging students.

What makes your approach unique?

The after school structure is non-traditional. Students have free range to decide their own activities and work independently. Teachers and facilitators are present for technical assistance.

What learning outcomes have you seen with students using UKITs?

Increase in technology skills, team collaboration, and computer usage.

How do you assess student progress with the UKITs?

Timely completion of selected project; team collaboration with dividing assignments; progression of complexity of chosen projects.

 

To learn more about our STEM robotics kits, visit the UKIT Beginner or UKIT Intermediate pages for details on the kits used in STEM NOLA’s after school program.

Find out how we can help you bring UKITs to your program or district!

 

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