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Using Title I Funds for pi-top After-School Programs

By Stephanie Calcott on Sep 7, 2023 8:50:00 AM

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Did you know that you can use your Title I funding for your pi-top CS and Robotics Kits

Title I was created to give all children, regardless of family income, the opportunity and support to achieve or exceed proficiency on challenging state academic standards. 

Further, our online Computer Science learning platform, was designed to implement project-based learning in core curriculum as well as in after-school programs. 

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The innovative hands-on lessons and activities provide real-world relevance to students from diverse backgrounds in an inquiry-based model of instruction - and they’ll have so much fun, they won’t even realize they’re learning! 

How can you use the pi-top CS and Robotics Kit in your after-school program?

Project-based Learning

The CS and Robotics Kit can be used in after-school clubs to engage students in hands-on, project-based learning. Students can choose from a variety of open-ended projects that encourage them to design, build, and program robots, smart homes, catapults, stoplights, and more. This approach promotes creativity, problem-solving skills, and teamwork among students.

DSC03198 copyCompetition and Challenges

Use the CS and Robotics Kit to organize competitions and challenges within the after-school club. Teachers can plan a theme or specific challenge for students to address. Then set them free to use their creativity!

Competitions like these engage your students, boost motivation, and encourage students to apply their programming skills in fun, real-world applications.

Coding Clubs

The CS and Robotics Kit provides an excellent platform for starting coding clubs. Teachers use Further to introduce coding concepts through our block-based “block pi” coding, allowing students to develop computational thinking skills while building and controlling their own projects.

The kit's ease of implementation and user-friendly interface make it suitable for both beginners and more advanced programmers.

Maker Spaces/ STEAM labs

After-school clubs can create a maker space environment using the CS and Robotics Kit. Teachers can set up stations with the kit's components, tools, and resources, where students can explore, tinker, and build their own inventions. This fosters a hands-on, exploratory learning experience and encourages students to take ownership of their projects.

Collaborative Learning: 

The CS and Robotics Kit facilitates collaborative learning experiences in after-school clubs. Encourage your students to work in teams to solve challenges and complete projects.

By assigning group tasks, you can promote effective communication, critical thinking, and cooperation among students. The kit's versatility allows for multiple projects to run simultaneously, providing a flexible and manageable solution for teachers managing larger club sizes.

The CS and Robotics Kits are a great addition to your after-school programs and promote equity and inclusion for all students.

Its ease of implementation, project-based learning approach, and potential for creative exploration make it an ideal tool to engage and inspire students, while building creative problem-solving and computational thinking skills. 


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