Vision, Education, & Media
VEMNY, in partnership with the 21st Century Community Learning Centers, aim to provide enrichment opportunities to children, particularly students who attend high-poverty and low-performing schools, that compliment their regular academic programs. Programs emphasize hands-on problem solving and project-based learning.
How do you construct solutions that inspire students and teachers to address the widest possible range of academic standards through the use of technology?
My Role: Instructor, Design, Research, Prototyping
Process: I implemented various research techniques, which included individual stakeholder (teacher, student, parent, school faculty) interviews, ethnographic observations, and academic literature reviews to gather requirements for curriculum. Then, through collaborating with teachers, I worked to integrate robotics, programming, and design skillets to Common Core Standards.
Solution: We developed experiences that used programming and design skillets to enhance the subject matter. Programs typically lasted between 8 weeks and the full academic calendar. Over time, sometimes as brief as one session, students became engaged in the iterative problem-solving process. They began to understand that "failure" in the iterative process, is welcomed in order to learn to be better.
Challenges: Maintaining consistent attendance was sometimes difficult. Curriculum and daily activities needed to be flexible in order to accommodate limited schedules.
Highlights: Selected to develop and lead intensives for the Intrepid Sea, Air, & Space Museum, YMCA, and various specialized high school programs throughout New York.