Your students are lucky to have you. Sponsoring and running these academic programs takes a lot of planning, time, and energy. I coach Odyssey of the Mind which is a creative problem solving competition. These type of programs are an asset not only to advance the curriculum beyond the textbook, but for initiative and self esteem.
Do you run your programs as an after school activity or as enrichment during the day? Are students chosen to participate or self selected?
I think it's awesome that you sponsor the OM team at your school! We currently run the program as an after school program. We have worked robotics, the engineering design process, and programming into our enrichment clusters that meet once a week for approximately 2 hours. The clusters are multiage and allow us to work on basics and get a feel for students that may be interested in participating on the robotics team in 6th grade. I generally allow any student that has an interest in robotics to participate. I agree with you that these programs add so much to regular curriculum and provide the opportunity for students to "find and develop their passions".
Thanks so much for sharing a bit of what you do to enhance your students' educational journey.
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