FaceLab is a family engagement initiative that trains parent volunteers in K-8 schools to support teachers in leading hands-on robotics and technology activities with students. Research demonstrates that strong parental involvement improves student outcomes, including academic achievement, as well as their social and emotional development. To that end, FaceLab is designed to increase parents’ expertise and direct involvement in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) education.
Check out a FaceLab article posted on the official blog of the NYC Department of Education, The Morning Bell
FaceLab: Engaging & Training Parents in STEAM
Why engage families in STEAM?
The DOE’s NYC STEM Education Framework
calls for schools to identify and secure key partnerships with families, community organizations, businesses, and educational institutions to enhance students’ learning experiences in STEM. Consistent with Domain III of the Framework: Strategic Partnerships, FaceLab offers schools the opportunity to demonstrate family engagement in STEM, above and beyond maker faires and off-site learning events. In fact, it builds capacity within the school community to bring hands-on STEAM learning activities to the classroom.
School communities know that parent and community involvement is essential to strong schools, supported teachers and successful students. FaceLab seeks to break down barriers to parent engagement to ensure that children thrive in school.
FaceLab is aligned to the three key focus areas of Equity & Excellence for All Students.
1. Academic Excellence: FaceLab focuses on evidence-based strategies for effective family engagement - it is relational, builds capacity of families and is linked to learning.
2. Student and Community Support: FaceLab creates skilled parent facilitators. Parents will receive the training and support needed to be real assets to schools/teachers. It also counts on industry partners such as Makeosity Inc. and Robofun.
3. Innovation: FaceLab will test the concept of leveraging parents’ existing skills and interest in learning in order to create more making and innovation opportunities for our students.
View the 2016 Mini Maker Faire video.
For more information email us at FACE@schools.nyc.gov