We began by introducing ourselves, the program, and talking about our Lucas Scholars motto: "Work Together. Have Fun. Be a Scholar". Then, we broke out into small groups with several students and a teacher. We asked the students questions like: “Why do you want to learn about science and technology?” and “If you could invent one thing, what would it be?”, then students went into an “interview room” to give their responses to the iPad camera. We were going to show this footage of the students to parents at the meeting, but time got away from us. Instead, we will likely use this footage on the website and/or at graduation. You can never have too much documentation in this instance!
After their interviews, we used the iPads. We had them open an app called “Socrative” which is an interactive response system. Students progressed through a teacher led questionnaire and their answers showed up on the board. We then discussed the answers as a group as we moved through the questions. It was all a little goofy, with questions like “Would your rather be a tiny rhino or a giant hamster?”, but also had some questions that sparked lively discussion like “Would you rather get even or get over it?”. It was fun for the students and parents to see their responses on the board in bar graph form.
From there, I had the students fill out a short initial assessment of their knowledge about iPads and our subject matter for the summer, waves. I am hoping this assessment will yield valuable data for comparison.
It was time to get the group moving again, so we started talking about energy and waves. I showed the movement of energy through solids with a marble demonstration, as you can see in this video:
After the stations were done, parents and students started to filter out, saying thank you, goodbye and asking any remaining questions. I can’t emphasize enough how energizing it was to meet these kids, parents, and seeing our Lucas Scholars team in action. I think we all walked away with new knowledge, experience, and genuine excitement for the week to come. Only 12 more days until we're rolling!