SOLID Learning Elements

A hand-made Arduino clone using stripboard, components and hand soldered joints.After performing several walk-throughs with local teachers, they identified the need to encapsulate SOLID Learning modules in smaller components than complete Lessons for inclusion in existing Courses. By addressing individual Elements, complete with programs, 3D object STL files, lesson plans and slide decks teachers can spread early creation and assembly tasks across multiple classes to get team construction that spans courses, grades or even across cooperative schools.

By extending the SOLID Learning model, the resulting structure for lesson development would be:

  • Elements – Individual action-task components intended to practice simple operations.
  • Lessons – Focused educational Elemental task groups intended to convey complete ideas.
  • Courses – Collected Lessons fulfilling a measurable percentage of a semester IEP (individual educational plan) to achieve a directed goal.
  • Programs – Coordinated Courses presented in sequence to facilitate successive learning objectives across mutiple semesters or years.

Teachers expect that early adoption of the SOLID Learning model will occur at the Element and Lesson level until school districts expand the availability for faster replication systems and repeatable reproduction with lowered levels of teacher time spent monitoring 3D solid form production processes. The evolution of the regional production center or large school dedicated mass production center will assist this by leveraging economies of scale in managing multiple simultaneous jobs at once by a single individual.

Using the pilot program’s robotics course as a model, teachers believe individual Elements might include programming the Arduino, using TinkerCAD to model an object, printing object components, assembly of components into structured devices, developing responses to sensor input, or driving device movements using motors, servos or stepper motors. Even a simple Element covering LED light control could be folded into many existing courses from solid electronics to home-economics creative designs to provide a fundamental learning path adding value to existing courses. Schools might find that hand-soldering practice in the development of locally-sourced Arduino clones using locally-etched PCBs could be folded into photography courses or physics courses studying material phase changes – and provide the school with a method of cost reduction for later development through the use of open hardware technologies that can be self-produced by students under the tuteledge of local instructors.

Main SOLID Learning link: Introduction to SOLID Learning