Let's face it: School isn't fun. You have to sit for 8 hours every day and listen carefully to what someone is telling you.
Then you have a million people telling you all this information is important, but you're just wondering "When am I ever gonna use this?!"
We're a revolutionary idea in how we handle STEM education. We're not lecturing, we're discovering. We're opening up a whole new way of thinking about science and mathematics. And we're doing it with Legos.
We're looking to link the various worlds of STEM education. Currently, most students don't learn the connections between Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. Even worse, most of the
study is theoretical, making it harder to see where you'll use it.
We intend to use all of the principles of STEM together, so students can see how everything is linked. From calculating how large a resistor they need to power a motor to designing their own robots using practical engineering skills, students will get to have hands on practice using all of these subjects they learn in schools. Students will have the ability to choose whether they work alone or in small groups, working at whatever pace suits them socially and academically.
We believe that students can figure out solutions to most problems without excessive teacher intervention, so long as they are given the appropriate resources to do so. We have no tests, no homework, and no single right way of doing things. If it works (and doesn't start on fire), it's a correct answer.
Kimberly Lewis is a computer programmer and web developer who was originally based out of Steamboat Springs, but found herself temporarily in Nashville where she cooked up an idea with her good friend, Amy Flatt.
She's a robotics enthusiast and a maker with a passion for teaching and learning things (sometimes the hard way). She believes education is a life-long endeavor and that the internet has opened the
world of knowledge to everyone, so long as they have someone who can show them where to look.
Amy Flatt is a science teacher turned game developer with 15 years of experience in education. She's passionate about kids and code, and has been part of Young Coders since its inception. She joined Kimberly and her hairbrained idea for an education program two years ago and provided the science curriculum side of the technological know-how.
Together, they make up the BloxBot team. Originally, they planned to create the program as a less costly alternative to First and Best Robotics, brought into Nashville's Metro School District where around 60% of the students are on lunch assistance. This will be the first full trial run of the entire program.