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COLUMN: Technology is the bridge to the future at Covenant Christian Academy

Posted: Saturday, January 28, 2017 12:00 am

This winter, middle schoolers have embarked on a new learning process that will challenge and encourage them in learning new ideas. Each year they have learned more about the tools they will begin to use though coding and computing. Now they are learning to be engineers and designers. In the iEngage Technology program at Covenant Christian Academy, middle school students will take on problems and look for solutions. This program is not designed to create robotic engineers out of every student, but it does use robots to demonstrate the concept of engineering and design process.

Through a hands-on use of Lego Mindstorm robotics, students work in groups to solve problems by building solutions. This starts by learning to identify problems. Identifying problems doesn’t seem to be much of a challenge to young adolescents. Students receive a problem as part of an assignment. Problems then must be broken down into criteria and constraints. What must be done to solve the problem, and what can be used to solve the problem. Often times problems can overwhelm adults, but students at CCA are learning to break those problems down and begin to solve them.

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