Top Tools for Techy Tots: Computer Science & Robotics in the Pre-Primary Classroom

Posted by Pine Crest School on March 7, 2019 at 4:53 PM

Today’s pre-primary aged students are presented with a variety of different tech tools, many of which we use at Pine Crest School.

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Topics: lower school, Innovation, elementary school, Faculty, Pre-kindergarten, innovation institute, 2019, robotics, pine crest school, computer science, teaching

Exploring Virtual Reality in Middle School

Posted by Pine Crest School on March 4, 2019 at 12:12 PM

Middle School at Pine Crest is home to new virtual reality (VR) equipment, which Pine Crest Computer Science and Technology faculty are using to teach students how to create their own virtual experiences and to influence others’ perspective.

“More content is being released and is increasingly available and accessible, and VR and augmented reality (AR) devices are becoming more effective,” said Mr. Sean Tibor, Pine Crest Computer Science and Technology Specialist. “By the time our Middle School students go to college, they will need to know how to use this equipment and feel comfortable using it.”

The terms “VR” and “AR” are often used interchangeably, but they are not the same.

“The difference is that AR takes information around you and fuses the world you are in with additional data or information  — think Pokemon Go,” said Mr. Tibor. “VR is about immersion and perspective. It overlays virtual items or instances on top of the real world. The benefit of VR technology is that it can change our perspective from a few different axes: distance, time, scale, and the forthcoming, human perspective."

Delving into these axes, Mr. Tibor shared how using VR technology is not limited to one course or subject.  

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Topics: Innovation, Panther Pulse, Faculty, Middle School, design thinking, innovation institute, 2019, academics

Building Teamwork and Imaginative Thinking through Competitive Robotics

Posted by Pine Crest School on March 4, 2019 at 11:02 AM

Pine Crest formed the School’s first-ever Lower and Middle School FIRSTⓇ LEGO LeagueⓇ (FLL) competitive teams four years ago, and since then, the Panthers have formed eight teams who have made their mark on the South Florida region.

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Topics: lower school, Innovation, Student Life, Middle School, innovation institute, 2019, academics, robotics

Pine Crest Middle School Students Use Biomechanics To Develop Earthquake Resistant Homes

Posted by Pine Crest School on February 15, 2019 at 1:53 PM

Project based learning (PBL) initiatives are some of the ways faculty are approaching hands-on learning with students. A PBL assignment engages students in solving a real-world problem or answering a complex question. Students then demonstrate their knowledge and skills by developing a public product or presentation for a real audience.

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Topics: 2018, workshop, Faculty, Middle School, design thinking, innovation institute, sports

Teaching Collaboration

Posted by Pine Crest School on February 15, 2019 at 11:12 AM

By Vicki Spitalnick, Innovation Specialist

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Topics: Innovation, Student Life, Admission, Middle School, design thinking, innovation institute, 2019

Five Tips To Building Resilience in Young Coders

Posted by Pine Crest School on January 16, 2019 at 9:50 AM

By Kelly Paredes, M.Ed., CIT
Computer Science and Educational Technology Specialist

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Topics: lower school, Innovation, elementary school, Faculty, innovation institute

Why Play and Exploration are Key for Young Students to Learn

Posted by Pine Crest School on November 28, 2018 at 2:42 PM

 

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Topics: Innovation, design thinking, innovation institute

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