What is Engage?

Engage is a 3rd-8th grade project unique to BCS. Engage was conceived as BCS sought to reinvent itself to keep pace with the real-world skills that will be demanded of our students when they exit our system. The overarching goal of Engage was to engage students in problem-based and project-based activities that integrated elements of science, educational technology, technology education, and language arts as well as the four main elements of the enGauge 21st Century Skills: Digital Age Literacy, Inventive Thinking, Effective Communication, and High Productivity.

Project Based:
Summary of Projects
(Two Year Curriculum Cycle, units are subject to change and may not be in chronological order)

Year One
Year Two
Make Mondays (First 4 days, then every Monday?)

Mindset - Intro mini lessons/theme for year
You Matter Campaign
Lego Robotics
ReMix / iFilm Festival
(Re)Make
Make Mondays (First 4 days, then every Monday?)

Crime Scene Investigation
ThinkQuest
Race and Crash
Aruduino /
(Re)Make

Evaluation - We believe … formative/summative, informal/formal, process and product (much more on process), student led
  • Written Feedback
  • Oral Feedback
  • Peer Feedback
  • Discussion/Participation
  • Simulations
  • Performance Trials
  • Observation
  • Checklist
  • Test/Quiz
  • Written report/documentation
  • Video
  • Oral presentation
  • Self Analysis of work/Reflection
  • Rubrics
  • Teamwork Rubric

Main Technology Tools
  • Wikis
  • Google Classroom
  • Traditional Hardware Tools
  • Still Cameras
  • Video Cameras
  • Microscopes
  • Probes

Other Key Concepts
  • Learning from Failure
  • Persistence / Iteration
  • Problem-Solving
  • Communication
  • Group Skills / Collaboration
  • Creativity
  • Projects
  • Reflection
  • Meta-Cognition
  • Formative Evaluation
  • Process/Product
  • Students as Experts
  • Tinkering
  • Creating shareable artifacts

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