"In the end, this was a really great experience. I taught my first solo lesson without a master teacher standing nearby to rescue if it all fell apart. The students were engaged in all our lessons and without even realizing, they were discussing the principles of engineering throughout their conversations. Students were asking for private viewings and mini-lessons about the iPad; those are what I think that were the very most rewarding moments I’m walking away with from this class."
"I think that the absolute most helpful thing … was the fact that we got to implement all of this hands-on with real students."
I have a strong science and technology background. Some of my teammates have strengths in other disciplines. I was initially skeptical that we would all be able to make equal contributions. By the end of the 5 weeks, I learned that my teammates contributions actually strengthened our overall group.
"Usually when I go into a class it’s like ‘oh my god that dreaded group work,’ but this group was amazing and just a really good group to work with. Everyone was really helpful and nice and my best experience as far as group work... It was very cohesive."
"I love working at the Boys & Girls Club because you have to make it fun because [the youth] don’t have to be there."
"The hardest part for me during an open-ended problem solving activity is NOT helping. Of course I have plenty of ideas on how to build a tower out of limited materials, but I find that allowing the students to approach the problem, deal with failures, and develop solutions on their own is very meaningful and, in my opinion, is when they learn the most."