Eastside Middle School’s Scott Hatfield has been selected by LEGO Education for the 2019 cohort of its U.S. LEGO Education Master Education Program.
“I’m very excited to get this opportunity,” he said. “It will give me the opportunity to collaborate with other educators working with LEGO robotics. Hopefully, it will improve my classroom and give me the opportunity to help others as well.”
With the new cohort, the U.S. program includes more than 200 members who embody the LEGO Education mission of enabling success for all students through hands-on learning experiences. Participants in the program represent a variety of grade levels and school districts from 39 states.
Hatfield received an invitation to apply from LEGO Education. He will implement methods of the LEGO Education Master Education Program into all facets of his curriculum.
“My students start out with the basics of learning the programming language,” he explained. “They build pre-designed robots and build up to creating their own custom robot to solve a problem I present to them.”
By the time students exit his classroom, Hatfield wants them to take two important concepts, the ability to solve problems and to think independently.
Hatfield is Eastside’s Technology Teacher, Computer Applications Teacher and School Technology Coordinator. The 2019-2020 school year will be his 28th year in education.
He developed the technology curriculum for Eastside over the last 16 years. In that time, his class and the technology has changed significantly but Hatfield is passionate about bringing the technological future to his students. He currently teaches a Computer Applications course, a course that encourages students to tinker, explore, and problem-solve using LEGO® Robotics. When not teaching, Scott can be found in his home workshop tinkering or spending time outside with his family.
The LEGO Education Master Education Program connects like-minded educators to share knowledge and ideas for student success through hands-on learning in classrooms. Participants also provide valuable feedback on solutions and programs to LEGO Education.
The value of hands-on learning is more important than ever, especially for STEAM learning and building the skills jobs of the future will require.
LEGO Education offers hands-on, playful STEAM learning experiences based on the LEGO system of bricks, hardware, software and content for students and their teachers in early learning, primary, and secondary education as well as through after-school programs and competitions. These solutions create an environment for active, collaborative learning where students build skills for their future, a lifelong love for learning and confidence in their ability to learn and solve problems, setting them up for lifelong success