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Volunteers Share Technology with Students at SOC

Oct 29, 2015

Volunteers from local companies and organizations were on hand October 20 at the Frisco ISD Student Opportunity Center to promote interest in the areas of science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM).

The goal of the Technology and Teamwork (TNT) event was to provide students the opportunity to cultivate 21st century learning skills such as collaboration, active listening, efficient communication and to cultivate critical thinking skills, all while developing solutions to real-world technology needs.

The event was made possible by a grant from the Alcatel-Lucent Foundation to the Frisco Education Foundation as part of the Alcatel-Lucent Global Days of Caring Campaign.

"The Frisco Education Foundation is continually looking to impact the students of Frisco ISD through innovative programs, especially in the areas of STEAM," said Foundation Director Allison Miller. "We are extremely thankful to the Alcatel-Lucent Foundation for their generous grant funding for our Teamwork and Technology program for students at SOC and for choosing this program for their Global Day of Caring. Partnerships are the driving force behind the success of all we do and we are thankful for all of the businesses who collaborate with us on this day with their gift of time and experience." 

Students rotated through a variety of sessions, including those hosted by educators and technology professionals with Alcatel-Lucent, CoServ, Sci-Tech Discovery Center and Frisco ISD-TV. The session descriptions are as follows.

Sci-Tech Discovery Center

Students explored topics including astronomy in civilizations, patterns and objects in the sky, our place in space, the moon, reasons for the seasons, planets,

 the sun, stars, galaxies as well as current scientific exploration and discoveries.

Alcatel-Lucent – Programming with Scratch

Students are fascinated by games – on computers, tables and phones. Volunteers worked with students to build games using a programming language called Scratch. Students used “Lego”-like programming blocks to build interactive games. They learned programming basics, structure and logic in a fun and engaging environment.

Alcatel-Lucent – Arduimo Programming

Students learned how to play with hardware and electronics devices to build a product using ARDUINO boards. 

CoServ – Competitive Electric Power Game

Students worked in a competitive team environment to establish their own electric cooperative! Students learned what it takes to engineer and provide power utilities to key locations within the city.

Frisco ISD-TV 

Producer Eva Coleman facilitated a session in which students rotated around the room in intervals to gather information from their peers, learning valuable lessons from the interviewing process.