Do you see things in your community and think to yourself I wish I could make a difference? Well don’t just think about it, do something! Growing up in the Englewood community and now working there, I know first hand of some of the challenges that students face. I grew up seeing abandoned buildings, empty lots (my house was the only house on the block), crime, and very few resources everyday. I saw these things as just being a part of my neighborhood because I thought it was the norm. Now that I am older, I see these same problems in this same community and they influence my student’s lives on a daily basis. Instead of growing up regretting not making a difference to transform the community in a positive way, I want my students to take their ideas and make them a reality. I see them using the Engineering Design Process to solve some of these problems in their community, to think like scientists to make wiser choices in how they impact the environment. I see them making community gardens to bring in resources and healthy foods to their neighborhood. The image that I created using the apps Fotor and paint tells a story. Don’t let the ideas you have go to waste. Use these ideas to not only change the neighborhood that you live in, let them change your city and seeing things from a bigger picture, let them change the world!
Have you ever looked at things around you and thought about how you could change them? My students and I looked at the potholes surrounding the school community and decided to investigate how these potholes formed. They explored how to make roads, created a model road and investigated their roads to see how potholes formed. I really enjoyed how much my students were involved in this learning process. They made discoveries on their own and all I did was watch. I loved this problem based learning so much that I became inspired to teach using problems that they are faced with in their community. I want them to use what they have learned in science and engineering to start seeing the problems in their community through the eyes of scientists and engineers. I don’t want them to look back years from now and think how they could have made a difference, I want them to explore and make a difference now. I used the images in my video because I want my students to know that I see the problems that they face everyday because I myself faced these same problems growing up but I did not do anything to help. My voice is playing because I wanted to make it personal for them. I ended the video with their images because I wanted to personalize the video in a way so they can see themselves as problem solvers ready to take on the role of scientists and engineers. All of this was done using movie maker which allowed me to easily add my voice, images, and music in the background.