Scott Hatfield, the technology teacher, computer applications teacher and school technology coordinator at Eastside Middle School (Bullitt County), has been selected by Lego Education for the 2019 cohort of its U.S. Lego Education Master Educator Program.
With the new cohort, the U.S. program includes more than 200 members who embody the Lego Education mission of enabling success for all students through hands-on learning experiences. Participants in the program represent a variety of grade levels and school districts from 39 states.
“I’m very excited to get this opportunity,” he said. “It will give me the opportunity to collaborate with other educators working with Lego robotics. Hopefully, it will improve my classroom and give me the opportunity to help others as well.”
Hatfield will implement methods of the Lego Education Master Education Program into all facets of his curriculum.
“My students start out with the basics of learning the programming language,” he said. “They build pre-designed robots and build up to creating their own custom robot to solve a problem I present to them.”
Hatfield developed the technology curriculum for Eastside during the past 16 years. In that time, his class and the technology have changed significantly, but Hatfield is passionate about bringing the technological future to his students. He currently teaches a computer applications course, a course that encourages students to tinker, explore and problem-solve using Lego Robotics.
The Lego Education Master Education Program connects like-minded educators to share knowledge and ideas for student success through hands-on learning in classrooms. Participants also provide valuable feedback on solutions and programs to Lego Education.