Students with Autism explore coding using LEGO Robots
Each student built their own robot with wheels which performed captivation movements and actions. The 8th grade students spent nearly two years learning computer coding skills which also helped them develop crucial life skills.
"We're utilizing math skills, science skills along with fine motor skill, building robots," Classroom Supervisor for The Rich Center for Autism, Erika Campolito told 21 News.
With a tap on a screen, students can control each movement of their Lego robot. Showcase leaders say catering to the unique learning styles of each student was an instrumental tool in introducing them to the world of STEM.
Throughout the process teachers conducted assessments to identify learning methods that work best for each student.
"So what we did with those surveys and those accommodations, we worked with [a doctor] who was a part of the research team, and we worked on the coding curriculum and adapted it to fit our student's needs," Katie Petridis, program coordinator for Potential Development School said.
Pride and joy radiated off of the students as they showed off their certificates of completion and medals awarded to them for their hard work.