Robotics Challenge ISK/CG Team Partnership Journey (2013-2020)

Our journey into partnership between the International School of Kenya students and the Children's Garden Home and School Students has been amazing. We have been guided by a keen sense of what might be possible, eventhough we could not see it, yet. Students were driven by passion. We found that this model is sustainable and replicable.

Our Goals

Find ways to learn technology as a joint adventure in getting to know each other across economic and cultural divides. Build relationships, begin to understand and know each other. Get to see each person's superpowers and use in a team. Have fun together. Be open to all possibilities and opportunities.

2013-2016: The Incubation and Exploration Years

A connection was made through the Global Issues Service Summit at ISK in 2012. Through the seeds of conversations about some hopes of students from Children's Garden Home and School to learn technology, some ideas germinated. Time was made for students to learn basics before collaborating with ISK students. Robotics and coding became the vehicles for creating relationships and learning from each other. The Program became a joint after-school collaborative journey.

2016-2017:  Venturing out to Collaborate with other Schools

Lego was now a form of building relationships and learning together between our two schools. We worked in teams that were balanced between school, age, and gender. Challenges were set as former participants became the coaches for new team members. Worked with Christine Ach to help start the East Africa FIRST Lego League. Loved the feeling of success in meeting student teams from other schools. Notable Growth This Year Participated in the first Annual East Africa event with two teams composed of students from both ISK and CGH. People became interested in the model of having two schools in each team.

2017-2018:  Student Leaders Routinely Guide Program and Students

The Hydrodynamics FIRST Lego League mat became the learning platform. Student Leaders began formulating ways to guide and nurture students. Students from both schools freely shared engineering and coding expertise and valued all contributions. Students used the Design Cycle to create a water-related project important in Kenya. Invited a Rift Valley School to collaborate on techniques for building and coding. Notable Growth This Year: Student leadership became established Sharing ideas and becoming friends with a competing team became a routine.

2018-2019:  Student Led Partnership Becomes Established

Student Leaders meet to create routines for training new student coaches, and participate with adults in coach trainings. Leaders prepare to become referees for the competitions. Students create a website for resources to study space, especially pertinent because of the Mars landing. Inviting competing teams to share ideas and techniques throughout the season becomes the gold standard of this model.

Notable Growth This Year:

An advisory council is formed to help guide the future. Core values are discussed and lived

2019-2020 How a Pandemic Launched Us to a New Level!

The new Lego season, City Shaper, set students thinking about how they could improve city living with technology. A project idea included how to use a biomass digester to create biogas as a solution instead of burning wood. Then.....face to face learning stopped and we realized that the annual games would not be able to be held. Notable Growth this Year See the project about the Children's Garden Home STEM Lab that launched to meet the needs of students who could no longer learn together physically.

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