People underestimate the power of authentic experiences, and real problems, in the education of young minds. I’ve found that kids have a natural sense of bullshit, and won’t apply themselves if they think it’s fake. Good on you for integrating real experiences and real problems, with appropriate background.
If you haven’t read this post — you might. This is how the human mind actually turns information into deep learning. You’ve got to get both sides working — scaffolding out the experience with facts, and algorithms, and then giving them an emotional experience to construct a lasting narrative of information they can use. See:
Alicia, Birthday 2015, Chinook, WA As a professor and a pedagogical expert — it’s my day job — I’m constantly…empathy.guru
Source: Deep Learning on Medium