John’s Big Idea: John understands the potential that robotics holds as a learning tool in the classroom. Designing and programming robots to perform basic tasks and solve problems engages students’ own problem solving and creative skills. John anticipates having around 15 simple robots for a classroom of 30 students, ensuring each student has plenty of hands-on experience with the robot. With hands-on robotic lessons developed in the classroom, students will be evaluating data, solving problems and applying engineering skills to robotics design. Robotics is a challenge-based learning activity.
Interesting Facts: Apart from being a STEM teacher, John spends his spare time keeping up with a 99-year-old house and converting an old Mercedes diesel to run on vegetable oil. John has coached a wide variety of sports and clubs after school such as track, football, cross country, FIRST robotics, Lego club, and youth soccer. Teaching is his second career; he started out as a microbiologist for a large pharmaceutical company while pursing an MBA.