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What is Engage?
Engage is a 3rd-8th grade project unique to BCS. Engage was conceived as BCS sought to reinvent itself to keep pace with the real-world skills that will be demanded of our students when they exit our system. The overarching goal of Engage was to engage students in problem-based and project-based activities that integrated elements of science, educational technology, technology education, and language arts as well as the four main elements of the enGauge 21st Century Skills: Digital Age Literacy, Inventive Thinking, Effective Communication, and High Productivity.
Open House Slides - 2008
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To learn more about Engage, please ask one of our teachers to tell you about our projects, skills, etc.
4 main units/projects each year (16 by the time they leave BCS)
Current 5/6th Grade
Scope & Sequence.doc
Science Olympiad Inspired Challenges
Building Big – Bridge Design
Digital Lab Reports
Building Big – Skyscrapers
Robotics – MIT Crickets
Current 7/8th Grade
ThinkQuest – Educational/Informative Web Site Design
Rube Goldberg Simple Machines
FIRST LEGO Robotics
(Re)Make Your World
(Re)Make Your World
Main Technology Tools
Traditional Hardware Tools
Other Key Concepts
Learning from Failure
Persistence / Iteration
Group Skills / Collaboration
Students as Experts
Creating shareable artifacts
Resources to develop your own sense of Engage:
Watch a few episodes of
Watch a few episodes of any reality tv show where participants are making things (
Dale Dougherty: We are makers
Listen to (or read) John Seely Brown
John Seely Brown: Tinkering as a Mode of Knowledge Production
John Seely Brown Lecture on Learning in the Digital Age
Imagine attending the
Read what Mitch Resnick thinks -
Compare it to the
Build or hack some things yourself. Join a community of designers, makers, hackers.
Now, what do you think kids should do/learn in an Engaging class? How is that similar and different to what Apple created for its
Challenge Based Learning
Would such an Engaging class meet the intent of
How would a
Is Student Motivation the Missing Link in School Reform?
Making Their Way: Creating a Generation of ‘Thinkerers’
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