One topic that intrigues us in the constructivist learning theory, due to its unconventional yet exciting learning experiences. The constructivist learning theory states that people construct their learning and understanding of the world through their past experiences. Classrooms can implement this learning strategy through experiments and more hands-on learning rather than lectures. As a result of this, students are able to reflect on these experiments with classmates. The constructivist learning theory places a big emphasis on collaboration with peers and also communication with the teacher to enhance the learning. Rather than having students do the experiments individually, they instead are encouraged to work with peers to share ideas and learn from everyone’s experiences. Students work with data and different sources as part of their experience.
Constructivist learning can be a huge benefit because it helps students with problem-solving and communication skills. While there is some guidance from a teacher, students are usually responsible for designing experiments and interpreting results, which is how it can help improve problem-solving. Additionally, constructivist learning can help students understand the real-world applications of the skills they are learning rather than just the theory. In typical classrooms, teachers may lecture and have students take notes, which can help with learning the concepts, but not the application of them or why they are important. This also makes the lessons more engaging and enjoyable for students than the traditional approach to learning. Overall, constructivist learning could be very beneficial and gain more traction if more classes employ it.
Message from the team:
STEAM Team is forming a Tech Team! We need a team of backend and frontend developers to work on a new project we're starting up. This project will entail developing a website to be used by both groups of STEAM Team: the elementary school liaisons (principals, teachers, whoever is in contact with the club from the school), and the high school clubs.
It will be a communication platform designed to connect elementary schools looking to adopt STEAM Team programs and high school clubs that offer them. The purpose is to centralize the communication and initial connection aspect of STEAM Team on an online platform.
**PLEASE NOTE: We are only looking for backend developers at the moment. If this is not something you feel confident that you can do given your abilities, we apologize, but we ask that you not apply for this position at the moment.
The link to the application can be found here.
We look forward to reading your applications!
It’s that time of year again where new and exciting products are being showcased in the annual CES event. Big companies are displaying some of the new technology that is to be released in the future. One such product is LG’s 4K TV that rolls up and down from a base. This TV was announced last year, but now LG is finally going to start selling them. Not only is it extremely thin, but it’s rolling feature allows the TV to blend in seamlessly with the rest of the room, all while maintaining a 4K resolution. When you want to use it, the TV slowly rises up from a rectangular prism. When done using it, the TV slides down into this “box”. Although exciting, its price is expected to be very high - close to ten thousand dollars. This is a glaring problem to the regular consumer, but is still cool to see as it could pave the path for future TV’s.
Another product showcased at CES was Samsung’s Bot Care robot. This robot, which does not have an expected release date yet, helps monitor the health of people. From what was seen at CES, the robot is able to read blood pressure and heart rate simply by placing a finger on a screen. The robot will then report these and note if they are within normal levels. There are also other features as well that help with the health of people. Because the robot is not too big, this product could be useful for elderly people at home. Additionally, it could be useful in hospitals as well, since having many of these would make it convenient to track the basic health of patients. While this product may not be released soon, it has the potential of being very beneficial and useful. Overall, CES showcased many great pieces of technology that we should keep an eye out for in the future.
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