Love this idea Carolyn, and especially love the fact that you were able to listen and internalize your students' initial feedback, and took it upon yourself to change YOUR methodology, instead of forging ahead and imposing your original current events goal on your class. Very inspiring!
You are inspiring me Mark! Thank you very much for your suggestion about bringing robotics to second grade. The past few years I've teamed up with a Kindergarten class to do a lot of STEM/Tinkering/Maker Faire activities and have also introduced computer coding. This sounds like a possible great next step.