Getting ready for this club, I wrestled with a number of things that I wanted to try that were different from previous clubs. I wanted to provide students more choices for what they could do in robotics clubs, while also ensuring a learning sequence where students are still picking up on all of the foundational stepping stones of building and programming. I also wanted to provide more supports for students to work at their own pace, to make sure that students who are struggling get the most attention while students who are flying through are not held back. Finally, I wanted to include more exciting challenges and projects for students to see how robotics apply in the real-world. All of these combine to result in some pretty significant changes to how robotics club works from before. I'll outline some of them below.
Because students have more choices than they have before in Robotics Club, I will be doing a lot less teaching or guiding in whole groups that I have in the past. Students will reach different stages, challenges, and badges at different time. At the end of the day, however, there is still only one me, and I have needed to find new ways of supporting students without physically being there beside them. So, I have developed (and am still developing) a new Guide system with video tutorials to help students at various points in robotics club. For instance, students who finish building their first robot can access the Beginner Programming guide to see how to make their robot work. I hope to add more guides along the way, but the end goal here is to help students access support and help on their terms (and to reduce the workload on me).
On to week 2!