Experiential Learning

STEM

◦ STEM (Science – Technology – Engineering – Mathematics) is a multidisciplinary lens to see the world, where the entire goal is for our children to have fun while learning hands on fundamental scientific concepts.
◦ We will explore all of these subjects using robots, 3D printing, drones, virtual reality, coding among many other real life experiences where the students will be able to learn how to solve concrete problems using the STEM lens.
◦ The entire STEM curriculum is designed to each individual child in the way he learns best.
◦ The robotics and physics curriculum is an adapted and combined version of MIT, Georgia Tech and Carnegie Mellon University curriculums*.
◦ We will use lots of Lego robotics sets as well as other cutting edge robots, computers and devices.
◦ We will participate in multiple events and competitions where we will share our knowledge.
◦ BE READY TO HAVE LOTS OF FUN!!!

Math curriculum that will be embedded in STEM:
◦ The emphasis of mathematics in my curriculum is on number and operations and computation; data and chance; geometry; measurement; reference frames; and patterns, functions, logic and algebra. The main emphasis is on algebra and the use of variables, algorithms and procedures.
We will explore how to use all of these in the real world and how to make sense of them, making special emphasis in understanding the logic behind math though the use of robots / drones and coding. The curriculums follows both Everyday Mathematics from the University of Chicago and YouCubed from Stanford University.
* Courses: Intro to Robotics, Cognitive Science and Intro to Classical Physics.

Bringing dreams and ideas to life!
Exploring Technology, what it means, what it can do for us, how do we interact with it!
Group & individual project based social & executive functioning skills practice
◦ Planning
◦ Flexibility
◦ Self-Control
◦ Grit – resilience
◦ Multisensing (Visual, auditory, tactile & kinesthetic)
How do we think? Learning & applying critical thinking => everyday application of the Scientific Method
Research based and integrated math, physics & chemistry curricula through robotics and coding
◦ Everyday Mathematics Adapted, University of Chicago.
◦ YouCubed @ Stanford University.
◦ Robotics Curriculum based on MIT, Georgia Tech and Carnegie Mellon University Robotics.

Hands on learning by exploring curriculum using cutting edge technology:
◦ Coding in Scratch, Python and Javascript with Keyboarding
◦ Hacking Minecraft, Raspberry Pi and sensors
◦ Game, website design & Virtual Reality
◦ Robotics Lego Mindstorms, Lego Boost, Lego Wedo 2.0, Sphero, VeX IQ and drones
◦ 3D printing
Sharing with the world
◦ Makers Faire Atlanta
◦ Robotics Competition => 1st CSA Robocup
◦ STEM Day
HAVING LOTS OF FUN!!!

SCOPE: Science Class Outdoor Practical Experience

Some of our Outdoor Education outings:

Fishing near Greenville, GA

North Georgia Sequoyah Lake: swimming, kayaking, rafting, and BBQ.

Tallulah Gorge State Park – Hike and exploration of the falls and gorge.

Chattahoochee River Bend State Park – River Walk

Stride Ahead, Little Creek Farm – Decatur, GA

Hard Labor State Park, Rutledge Lake, Canoeing and Kayaking

Amicalola Falls State Park, Zip Line

Overnight Lolly Creek/Oakridge Farms near Tifton, GA

MODA IS BACK!

The partnership between Connections and Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA) has been renewed for another year! Our students will once again take part in an enriching art, design, and technology education program that inspires creative thinking, facilitates development of problem-solving skills, and promotes collaboration. This program reflects the shared priorities and values of both organizations, including education, inclusion, creativity, and community engagement.

Our goal is for students to acquire 21st century skills, such as critical thinking and innovation, through on-site instruction and hands-on learning led by one of the museum education specialists. The experience will also include field trips to view museum exhibitions. Considering that design has the power to make the world more inclusive, intuitive, functional, and beautiful, we at Connections and MODA believe that insights from neurodiverse individuals are invaluable. We want our students’ voices to be included in design conversations and for them to have opportunities to use their intelligence and empathy to address real-world challenges. We hope this partnership with MODA will result in an ongoing exchange of resources and knowledge which leads to the greater Atlanta community becoming more aware of neurodiversity and its benefits as well as how design can make the world a better place.

Please check out MODA’s website for information on special events and upcoming exhibitions! With access to the Design Club, our students get unlimited free admission to the museum with one adult.

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