L.E.A.D.ers of Technology (Leadership, Engagement, Achievement, Diversity)
Mobile County Schools
Principal, Mrs. Katryna Kinn
Superintendent, Mr. Chresal Threadgill
L.E.A.D.ers of Technology was created to unify a myriad of technological and STEM initiatives at E.R. Dickson Elementary School through a centralized focus. As L.E.A.D.ers of Technology, students were fully engaged in emerging technologies, technological discoveries, and inquiry-based learning. The acronym "L.E.A.D." befittingly described the focus on Leadership, Engagement, Achievement, and Diversity. Student leadership was observed daily through student use of tech tools, student facilitation of collaborative technological projects, and student-led Tiger TV news production. As part of the L.E.A.D.ers program, students worked collaboratively on research topics of Robotics and Automation to problem-solve and deploy robots. Students led the way in technology by building toys and robots, programming the robots using Vex IQ Kits, and creating 3-D figures using a digital design tool called Tinkercad. The tech savvy student leaders were tasked with the final creation of a robot to address the world issue of pollution. Students also developed their own codes to manipulate several types of robots and drones. Students were provided numerous creative coding experiences through games, stories, and simulations. Computer apps and video games were also created by Dickson techies. Students created technology, applied learning, and analyzed and evaluated electronic methods of learning and presenting through videocasting, video editing, animating, interviewing and mind mapping.