Bringing Robotics to a STEAM Elementary School

MIND Research Institute

So much so that the ultimate frisbee champion and class valedictorian mentioned it while delivering his graduation speech to the students of Amelia Earhart Options for Knowledge Elementary School in Chicago, Illinois, last month. Corinna Chau, Education Partnerships Manager.

Robotics and Computer Science for Elementary Level Learners

User Generated Education

I absolutely love all of the new robotics toys that have been coming out for elementary age learners. I have been using them for my summer maker camp, with my gifted education classes, and for my upcoming Saturday morning program. One of my gifted girls noted, “Where do all of these robots come from?” My robotics-type devices include: Sphero. Jimu Robot. Finch Robot. Sensors on the robot mean they react to the environment around them.

Insiders

Sign Up for our Newsletter

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

World’s Largest Robotics Competition Returns: Robotics Education & Competition (REC) Foundation to Host Live Remote VEX Robotics World Championship

eSchool News

The Robotics Education & Competition (REC) Foundation , a 501c3 nonprofit and VEX Robotics , is back to showcase the incredible talent and skill of a range of student competitors by hosting the first-ever Live Remote VEX Robotics World Championship May 17-29, 2021.

Computational Thinking and Math for Elementary Grades

The CoolCatTeacher

Computational Thinking and Math for Elementary Grades. Vicki: Steve, do you find that there are teachers that think that kids can’t really understand these concepts — like elementary kids really understanding XY coordinates? Calculating those X and Y coordinates — which really kids of most ages can do — and then realizing that they can make the physical robot go here or there based upon their program. That’s what these robots are.

Are classroom robots the NextGen of learning?

Neo LMS

I recently read a report that said schools in the UK spend £900mn per year on educational technology. Technology has the potential to further transform the way we learn, as is apparent by the advancements in robotics and its use in classrooms. Let’s take a look at how robots are currently being used in classrooms and try answering the question of the hour: Do robots have the potential to teach students in the future? Classroom robots of today.

Robot alligators

Dangerously Irrelevant

I spent this morning at the Maker Tech Camp at Edwards Elementary here in Ames. The Team Neutrino First Robotics student helpers from Ames High were of great assistance. ’ Other camp activities this week appeared to include making LED bookmarks, learning circuitry by playing with Makey Makey and other electronics, creating objects with the 3D printer, and goofing around with robots. I spent this morning at the Maker Tech Camp at Edwards Elementary here in Ames.

CoderZ Launches Initiative to Engage Students in STEM with the Amazon Cyber Robotics Challenge

eSchool News

18, 2021 – Starting August 1, CoderZ will once again bring a real-world industry perspective to computer science classrooms through the Amazon Cyber Robotics Challenge. For more information about the Amazon Cyber Robotics Back-to-School Challenge, go to [link]. DERRY, N.H. –

CoderZ Encouraging Title I Schools to Sign-up Students for the Amazon Cyber Robotics Challenge

eSchool News

The Amazon Cyber Robotics Challenge has passed the halfway mark, but it’s not too late for teachers and students to sign up. They will also uncover how Amazon uses computer science and robotics daily to deliver customer goods.

Why we love our coding & robotics tools

eSchool News

Coding and robotics programs. KinderLab’s KIBO robot not only brings coding to life—it inspires creativity in a hands-on, playful way that doesn’t involve screens. Its versatility across STEAM subjects makes it a valuable piece of educational machinery.”. Katie Blagden, K-4 STEAM educator and coach, Ayers Ryal Side Elementary School, Beverly, Mass. Our robot, Milo , has been a great addition to our school team.

Using robots to bring science to life

eSchool News

As elementary STEAM educators, we have both learned that the best way to teach science is through hands-on exploration where lessons are both rigorous and relative to all of the students in the classroom.

Using Robots in your Elementary Makerspace

My Paperless Classroom

The school year is kicking off and I am excited to share a terrific series of podcasts with you about teaching with robots. Lesson Design in Three Dimensions, Learning with Robots. The idea of teaching young children by playing with robots seems both amazing and laughable. If it is funny or strange, that is only because it is difficult to imagine learning with a robot. Learning with robots through programming and group work is a very kinesthetic form of learning.

Team Building with Elementary Students

User Generated Education

Yes, there are mounds of curricula students must master in a wide breadth of subjects, but education does not begin and end with a textbook or test. I meet with two groups of gifted elementary students, grades 2nd through 6th, for a full day each week. Robot Drawing. Education communication group initiatives problem-solving SEL social-emotional learning team building

CoderZ & Amazon Cyber Robotics Back-to-School Challenge

eSchool News

This fall, CoderZ and Amazon Future Engineer are bringing real-world industry to classrooms with the Amazon Cyber Robotics Back-to-School Challenge. Aside from the sponsorships, students’ cyber robotics learning doesn’t have to stop once they have completed the Amazon Back-to-School Challenge.

C-STEM Studio — A Great Way to Blend Math and Robotics

Ask a Tech Teacher

C-STEM Studio is a California A-G approved curriculum and turn-key solution for teaching science, technology, engineering and mathematics through computing and robotics. This web-based scalable program is available for elementary through high school students and can last anywhere from four weeks to a year. Programs that run through the Studio are: Linkbot –students write a simple program to complete a function that is then uploaded to a robot–in this case, a Linkbot.

Sphero, LittleBits and Other Robots Bring Technology to Life

EdTech Magazine

Sphero, LittleBits and Other Robots Bring Technology to Life. Josh Stumpenhorst got hooked on robotics three years ago when his son showed him the Sphero BB-8, a baseball-sized, self-propelled robot based on the Star Wars droid. Sphero , a programmable robot, can be found in more than 20,000 schools around the globe , including the math and science classrooms at Stumpenhorst’s school, about an hour west of Chicago. At Nathaniel Morton Elementary in Plymouth, Mass.,

Multistate Initiative Will Help Elementary Teachers Integrate Coding and Robotics into the Classroom

techlearning

Nonprofits in eight states are first to partner with developer of popular educational robots; Wonder Workshop initiative will provide teachers with professional development to support state-of-the-art coding and robotics education. Providing educators with training to teach coding and robotics is necessary for schools and districts to meet the growing demand for these skills from parents, teachers, and principals.

Early Education Grant Provides STEAM Learning for Jewish Day Schools

eSchool News

The David Lear Sulman Fund provides over 50% off research-based KIBO robot kits. LCE is an integrated curriculum for students in grades K-3 (adaptable for preK-Grade 5) that was created to engage them with Judaic studies as they begin their journey into coding and robotics.

What it Takes to Integrate Robotics and Coding into the Classroom

EdTech Magazine

What it Takes to Integrate Robotics and Coding into the Classroom. It starts with a game of Robot Turtles, a board game by Thinkfun that’s being used at Hubbard Woods School in Winnetka, Ill., It helps explain the step-by-step nature of coding,” says Todd Burleson, resource center director for this Winnetka Public Schools District 36 elementary school. The game serves as an on-ramp for students, introducing technology into their educational journeys.

Slooh Launches New Grant to Help One Million Students Explore Space Using Its Robotic Telescopes

eSchool News

With Slooh, students can view phenomena such as lunar changes, solar flares, asteroids, living and dying stars, and a variety of nebulae in real-time using Slooh’s patented Mission Interface and user-controlled network of robotic telescopes in the Canary Islands and Chile.

Robots teach coping and programming

eSchool News

Students with special needs respond to interactive robots. One New Jersey school district here has a new member of its teaching staff: Nao, an interactive robot that works with students who have autism and those with language impairments. The robot, which cost about $8,000 and was obtained with federal funds, was created by a company called Alderbran and was initially researched by Wayne’s Pines Lake Elementary School Principal Jose Celis.

What's In Your Elementary STEM Lab?

Tech Helpful

This is what we currently have in our lab now that we are 3 years into the program: Wonder Workshop Dash and Dot Robots. These are our "go to" robotics for elementary students. Wonder Workshop Cue Robots. These robots even allow students to toggle between block coding a javascript. Sphero Robots. Small cubes that connect magnetically to create a larger simple robot. Allows students to build, program and command these LEGO based robots.

Grit, Tenacity, Inclusion — Robotics Programs Teach Much More Than STEM Concepts

Edsurge

Not every kindergartner can boast that she helped build a robot with high school students. Not every kindergartner can boast that she helped build a robot with high school students. How do you think FIRST programs and STEM education impacted your peers or the other kids you worked with?

Why we should teach coding in elementary school

eSchool News

There are several advantages of learning to code in elementary school. Additionally, children can express themselves through code and find it cool to create games, apps, and websites and to even control robots. Apps & STEM Featured on eSchool News Igniting and Sustaining STEM Education STEM codingAccording to Steve Jobs, “Everybody in this country should learn to program a computer, because it teaches you how to think.”.

Elementary and high school students build Maze Runner-like challenge for Sphero

eSchool News

Naper Elementary School students could be the envy of their peers when it comes to a labyrinth for testing their robotic skills. With technical assistance from Naperville North High School, Naper fourth-graders will be rolling robotic Sphero balls through what one elementary student likened to the always-changing maze in “Maze Runner,” a literary reference that brought a smile to the face of Ryan Shambo, Naper’s learning commons director and lead teacher.

Social robots could better engage children with autism, research says

eSchool News

Preliminary research indicates that students with autism might develop stronger social skills via interaction with social robots. Milo visits elementary and middle school-aged children affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders in order to teach research-based behavior and responses. He also happens to be a robot. Next page: What experts say about robots’ ability to engage students on the autism spectrum. News Special Education STEM Top News

Review of Robo™ Wunderkind Robotics Kit

Kathy Schrock

Pete Birkinshaw, Used Punchcard, [link] So, when Robo ™ Wunderkind asked me to review their Education Robotics Kit for elementary students, ages 6 to 12, they were happy to hear I was no expert, since the kit was so easy to use! I admit it. I am not a coder.

When Robots Teach Kids Computational Thinking—and Kindness

Edsurge

It stands to reason that the more exposure children have to computer technology, coding, and robotics, the more prepared they will be for the future. In my role as an instructional science coach for the Redwood City School District, I lead the district’s STEAM program at John Gill Elementary School, a Title 1 school located in the heart of Silicon Valley. Computational Skills and Collaboration One phrase we often use in our district is, “It’s not about the robot.”

5 Tools to Teach Coding to Late Elementary Students

techlearning

Root I just got one of these coding robots, and it may already be my favorite. I like this as a starting place for late elementary because there is so much I can do with it. I see many folks buying coding robots to fit specific needs, and I think this robot eliminates much of that. Root's functionality for late elementary starts with the app. What you can do with the robot adds to the experience. Let's talk about computer science.

Vernier Software & Technology Recognizes Kansas Science Educator Tyson Vrbas with the 2021 Engineering Award

eSchool News

Vernier Software & Technology recently announced science educator Tyson Vrbas of Manhattan Catholic Schools in Manhattan, Kansas as the 2021 Engineering Award winner. Vernier was founded by a former physics teacher and employs educators at all levels of the organization.

Researchers say AI will ‘greatly impact’ the future of education

The Hechinger Report

Editor’s note: This story led off this week’s Future of Learning newsletter, which is delivered free to subscribers’ inboxes every other Wednesday with trends and top stories about education innovation.

KinderLab Robotics Announces New KIBO Guidebook to Enhance STEAM Education

techlearning

(Waltham, MA) August 28, 2018 – KinderLab Robotics today expanded its KIBO™ curriculum suite by introducing KIBO Activity Center Guidebook : Activities and Setup Recommendations for a KIBO Activity Center. The new guidebook supplements Creating with KIBO, KinderLab’s core curriculum booklet that covers programming, robotics, and the engineering design process with KIBO. This KIBO Activity Center Guidebook helps teachers create a robotics center. About KinderLab Robotics, Inc.

Matching funds pair robots, underserved classrooms

eSchool News

Dollar-for-dollar match brings robots to classrooms teaching computational thinking. In the coming years, computer science education will be critical for social mobility of underprivileged communities. Wonder Workshop will match one dollar for every dollar donated towards funding projects that bring the Dash & Dot robots to schools in need. Dash & Dot are robots with personality and capability.

What Students Learned When They Made Robotics Relevant to Their Lives

Edsurge

A few years ago, toward the beginning of my journey into robotics, I mentored a team for a local competition. We were on our way to building a Tetrix Prime robot from a kit, when the unimaginable happened—our team’s laptops went missing—and with them, all of our code and design work. Shortly after a student on the team came to me asked, “Can we build some real robots? Can we build a robot that can go outside in the rain and take care of our chickens?”

Wonder Workshop’s Amazing Dash

Ask a Tech Teacher

Education has many disruptors–3D Printing, AR and VR, 1:1 technology, STEM, and STEAM–but a recent and wildly popular one is robotics. One I discovered this summer is Wonder Workshop’s collection of three robots — Cue, Dash, and Dot. Every day, classrooms around the world demonstrate the collaboration and hands-on learning that the Wonder Workshop robots–Dash, Dot, and Cue–inspire in students. Robotics Competition.

Maker Education Activities

User Generated Education

This coming summer I am getting the opportunity to teach a maker education camp for three weeks, half-days at a local elementary school. Sweet Robotics: Make simple robotics using Popsicle sticks and LED lights; play with and build some robots with Makey Makey, littleBits, Hummingbird, and Modular Robotics. Education experiential learning maker education STEAM STEM