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Bronxville Union Free School District

Fifth-Graders Build Friendly Monsters as Part of i2 Learning Experience

Fifth-graders at Bronxville Elementary School had the unique opportunity to participate in an i2 Learning program that replaced their regular classes with a hands-on, cross-curricular learning experience. Over the course of several days, teachers and students worked to build their own “friendly monster” puppets and program an LED light and speaker on them.  

Throughout the experience, which incorporated science, technology, engineering and math skills, the students collaborated with their peers and worked to solve real-world problems. Using needles, thread, felt, fabric glue, coding software and circuit boards, called Lilypad Arduinos, they successfully designed their puppets, programmed a light to complete a series of blinking patterns or remain on and coded a few notes from a song to play over a speaker.

“The students learned patience and problem-solving skills through this project,” fifth-grade teacher Lauren Geremia said. “This program was something very different than anything they've ever engaged in and many of the skills they learned were brand new. By the end of day two, the students were celebrating their successes.”

i2 Learning, an organization that works with world-class scientific and academic institutions, introduces students to the engineering design process and challenges them to think critically and solve problems.

“It is important to engage the students in these types of activities to help build a growth mindset,” Geremia said. “They learned that failing and starting over was okay and pretty normal. They learned to collaborate, help each other, work together and solve problems. They also recognized strengths in some of their peers that they hadn't noticed before.”

The learning experience was made possible thanks to a generous grant from the Bronxville School Foundation.

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