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. One of my gifted girls noted, “Where do all of these robots come from?” I am an advocate of student-centric learning and giving them choices as to which instructional activities they would like to engage. My robotics-type devices include: Sphero. Jimu Robot. Finch Robot. Feel free to do the ones that look interesting to you.

How to Help Kids Who Hate Math Learn It

The CoolCatTeacher

Dan Meyer on episode 513 From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Today Dan Meyer @ddmeyer gives us tips and advice for helping kids who hate math learn to love it. Listen Now Listen to the show on Apple Podcasts or Stitcher Stream by clicking here. Subscribe to the Show Full Bio As Submitted Dan Meyer Dan Meyer @ddmeyer taught high school math to students who didn’t like high school math. So how do we start, Dan?

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How to Use Robots in Elementary Classrooms – From Courtney Pepe

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Two years ago, my school obtained a grant from the Sphero Robotics company that brought 10 Sphero Robots to our school. However, this year, we expanded our use of robotics and acquired Ozobots, SPRKS, bb8s, and BeeBots. My elementary faculty impressed me with their ability to use these 21st-century robots in a variety of subject areas including language arts and humanities. Here are four examples of how A.

Computational Thinking and Math for Elementary Grades

The CoolCatTeacher

Today’s guest, Steve Floyd, tells us how. Try Matific free now and sign up to join their Math games. Matific is a fantastic site full of math manipulatives and customized playlists of activities to help students at every level master math. This fun, gamified site is sponsoring Math games this February and students can compete to win prizes for themselves and your school. This is a great way to try out matific, help your kids boost their math skills and have fun.

Are classroom robots the NextGen of learning?

Neo LMS

Read more: How can teachers use VR in the classroom? 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. Robotics in other spheres.

Robot alligators

Dangerously Irrelevant

I spent this morning at the Maker Tech Camp at Edwards Elementary here in Ames. Teresa Green is an innovative teacher who received a grant from the district last year to purchase various ‘maker’ resources. Since then she has been busy putting them and her students to work! Today’s activity for the 2nd and 3rd graders was to build a Lego alligator and have it chomp down when it sensed a finger or pencil in its mouth.

Team Building with Elementary Students

User Generated Education

Other skills must be honed, too, not the least of which is how to get along with their peers and work well with others. I meet with two groups of gifted elementary students, grades 2nd through 6th, for a full day each week. Divergent thinking is honored and expected to successfully approach and complete the activities. I enjoy making my own but they can also be purchased from the stores that sell sports goods to schools: [link]. Robot Drawing.

Why we love our coding & robotics tools

eSchool News

According to Code.org, the majority of Americans want schools to teach computer science , but only 35 percent of high schools teach it. And even though 15 states have adopted a policy to give all high school students access to computer science courses, universities prepare way fewer computer science teachers than we need. For teachers who would like to bring computer science into their classrooms, there are several great resources to assist.

11 Leadership Principles for an Amazing School Year

The CoolCatTeacher

Sanée Bell on episode 531 of the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Back to school is here! Listen to Dr. Sanée Bell Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher Stream by clicking here. Subscribe to the Show Podcast PD Idea At the end of each show, you’ll hear suggestions from me on how to apply today’s learning to your classroom now. Go back to your “Why?”

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

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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. This is well-suited to younger students. RoboBlockly –a web-based robot simulation using a drag-and-drop interface to program virtual Linkbot and Lego robots.

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. You don’t need to buy or build anything.

Virtual Valentines: The Global Valentine Project Sharing Love and Learning

The CoolCatTeacher

If you want to join a group of teachers doing Virtual Valentines, you’ll want to listen to the show and sign up by February 2. Also, learn about other projects throughout the year and how teachers design these projects to meet standards. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher. Link to show: www.coolcatteacher.com/e237. We’re going to talk about Virtual Valentines and lots of other ways that you can connect and collaborate with other classrooms.

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

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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.

How to Teach STEM Every Day

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Science is our natural world, from the land we live on to the oceans and space we aspire to visit. It’s the weather that changes our picnic plans to the natural disaster that destroyed a town in our own state. Technology includes the iPads toddlers play on, the smartphones we use to guide our days, the apps that turn our lights on and off–or start our car. According to the U. They begin to shy away from the academics they used to love.

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The coolest K-12 robotics programs we saw at ISTE

eSchool News

Efforts to get kids coding have exploded in recent years, but sometimes kids need a push to discover the “why” behind learning how to code. At ISTE 2019, that push to learn coding was clear as new K-12 robotics solutions emerged. We’ve rounded up some of the best K-12 robotics solutions and programs we saw during the conference. Share your favorite K-12 robotics programs with us on Twitter @eschoolnews.

What to Buy for Your Maker Space #makered

The CoolCatTeacher

Librarian Chad Lehman helps us learn about the technologies we need to set up an awesome maker space. Additionally, Chad talks about how he orients students to the maker space and the biggest problems he’s had with it (and how he’s solving them.) Maker spaces are great places for kids to explore and learn, so take a trip inside the new library — one with a Maker space. How Chad introduces students to the space.

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How to Help Kids Innovate From an Early Age

Digital Promise

As community makerspaces begin to take root in Ontario’s elementary schools , students are behaving better. They’re creative spaces where students can gather to explore, tinker, discover and create, and they’re making students more enthusiastic about school. In these spaces students are learning how to tinker collaboratively with a problem and keep trying until they find a solution. They wanted me to help them all the time.

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How to Get Started With Genius Hour for Elementary Classrooms?

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This is not easy when you have a curriculum to follow and tons of material to teach. But that given we need to make time to work with kids in a different and more creative setting. It’s important to let them explore new things that may not be present in your curriculum but are in your students’ heads all the time. This is how we can awaken curiosity in young children and help them develop creative thinking. How to Get Started with Genius Hour?

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., to teach kindergarteners the basics of coding. “It 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. Schools Get Started in Robotics.

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

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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. Kate Sample EdSurge: Not everyone has an engineer dad to support their passion for STEM.

Top 12 Tools for Teaching Elementary Kids How to Code

Graphite Blog

Coding teaches kids to be problem-solvers and critical thinkers. This week, we're highlighting tools that help kids learn to code -- tools that encourage them to become creators, not just consumers, of the technology they use. . The youngest budding programmers will benefit most from iPad apps like ScratchJr , Kodable Class , and My Robot Friend. Click Here for Our Full List of Elementary Coding Tools

When Robots Teach Kids Computational Thinking—and Kindness

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We don't know what jobs today’s children are going to have when they become adults, but we do know that technology is going to play a major role in whatever jobs exist. According to research conducted by Dr. Marina Umaschi Bers at Tufts University, coding is fast becoming a form of literacy that students will need to understand and use, similar to reading and writing in English. It's about what students are doing with technology to solve problems.

How to Implement Library Makerspaces in STEM Programs

EdTech Magazine

How to Implement Library Makerspaces in STEM Programs. What’s the best way to define a makerspace? When makerspaces really work, they are open to the entire student body,” she says. “It’s Fleming says whether the district sets up a makerspace in an elementary school library, in a middle school classroom or in a high school cafeteria, each makerspace has a unique quality. Why not offer robotics in the makerspace to the entire student population ?

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.

Year Two - Elementary Tech Team Plan

Tech Helpful

Our elementary school creates an opportunity for our fourth and fifth-grade students to take part in Friday afternoon electives where they choose from about 7- 8 choices that teachers lead from their passions. For me, it finally gave me the opportunity to create an elementary tech support team. The students will once again create "how to" instructional supports that might be a Google doc or a video but we are making it a bit more fun.

Why we should teach coding in elementary school

eSchool News

According to Steve Jobs, “Everybody in this country should learn to program a computer, because it teaches you how to think.”. Every student should have access to technology, whether it be computers, smartphones, or tablets because almost everything we do requires some form of programming. There are several advantages of learning to code in elementary school. Children are extremely eager to learn how to code.

Review of Robo™ Wunderkind Robotics Kit

Kathy Schrock

I have dabbled with block-based coding, Sphero, and some other products, but the last real coding I have done was in 1972 when I created punch cards to count from one to ten for the IBM System/360 at my high school! The darker blue Motors helps a student's robot to move around.

How to Teach the Human Body and 16 Sites to Help

Ask a Tech Teacher

For many, study of the human body starts in second grade with an introduction to what’s inside that stretchy, durable skin that coats our bodies. Whether schools classify these topics as ‘health’ or ‘science’, the importance of understanding the processes that allow us to survive can’t be overstated. use an avatar that has basically human parts (like a robot). Click to view slideshow. How the Body Works.

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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. While we were no longer able to compete in the local competition, this blow to our team was but a temporary setback. So we decided to give it a try.

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. These automated humanoid bots often interact with users, require critical thinking and problem-solving, and grab the imagination of students in ways that makes everyone want to learn. One I discovered this summer is Wonder Workshop’s collection of three robots — Cue, Dash, and Dot. According to Wonder Workshop, Dash is.

Ward’s Science–So Many STEM Resources

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One of the most difficult skills to teach in school is problem solving. I can’t tell you how many kids–and parents–ask me, “How do I get an A.” We talk about what that means–problem solving, critical analysis, logical thinking–but often, that sounds hard to them–too hard. Coding, robotics, and experimentation–integral pieces of STEM–give students the best start possible to the rest of their lives.

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Matching funds pair robots, underserved classrooms

eSchool News

Dollar-for-dollar match brings robots to classrooms teaching computational thinking. However, access to tools and opportunities for schools in these communities is a matter of the right financial support. Wonder Workshop aims to bridge this gap with its dollar-for-dollar match program for Dash & Dot projects through DonorsChoose.org. We want to enable teachers who are passionate about giving their students opportunities in a rapidly changing world.”.

3 Basic Things Every School Should Teach Relating to Technology

The CoolCatTeacher

Jorge Valenzuela, the author of Rev Up Robotics, discusses the three things schools should be teaching so students are ready. Hear an overview of computational thinking, algorithms, and robotics with Jorge Valenzuela. Go to www.advancementcourses.com/coolcat.

How Robotics Competitions Close the STEM Skills Gap and Build a Diverse Workforce

Edsurge

For nearly 30 years, the global non-profit FIRST has been getting kids hooked on science and technology through hands-on robotics competitions for grades K-12—complete with cheering crowds, adrenaline rushes and teams snatching victory from the jaws of defeat. Once the spark is lit, they start to take harder classes, and they are more interested in STEM as a career. He offered insight on why a diverse workforce is the best workforce, and how to go about creating it.

How to Implement Library Makerspaces in STEM Programs

EdTech Magazine

How to Implement Library Makerspaces in STEM Programs. What’s the best way to define a makerspace? When makerspaces really work, they are open to the entire student body,” she says. “It’s Fleming says whether the district sets up a makerspace in an elementary school library, in a middle school classroom or in a high school cafeteria, each makerspace has a unique quality. Why not offer robotics in the makerspace to the entire student population ?