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. Jimu Robot.

Are classroom robots the NextGen of learning?

Neo LMS

It shows that clearly, EdTech is becoming an integral part of our classroom learning. Our regular classrooms are steadily transforming into ‘tech classrooms’, with an integration of learning apps like Kahoot, interactive boards, inexpensive VR devices like Google Cardboard and Class VR , voice operated devices, online flashcards , virtual assistants, etc., Classroom robots of today. Introductory language to learn programming by simply dragging and dropping blocks.

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Computational Thinking and Math for Elementary Grades

The CoolCatTeacher

Fun, exciting tools and techniques can help very young kids understand math and learn computational thinking. Computational Thinking and Math for Elementary Grades. Sometimes we’re teaching specifically to the students to learn coding, to learn about loops, or to learn about a variable. 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?

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.

How to Use Robots in Elementary Classrooms – From Courtney Pepe

EdTechTeacher

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. Example #1 – Using Robots for Reading Comprehension.

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.

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. Since the fall, CoderZ and Amazon Future Engineer have been bringing real-world industry to Title I classrooms with this free, three-hour virtual learning experience.

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. 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. Anne Marie Kroker, educator, learning support services, Abbotsford School District, Canada. “We’re

Team Building with Elementary Students

User Generated Education

I meet with two groups of gifted elementary students, grades 2nd through 6th, for a full day each week. It’s whole body-mind learning. Robot Drawing. Education communication group initiatives problem-solving SEL social-emotional learning team buildingYes, 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.

Robots in STEM

My Paperless Classroom

Hello, I am Sam Patterson and this is Beyond The Hour of Code, a podcast dedicated to helping teachers use programming and creative self-expression in the learning experiences they design for their students. Chapter seven of my book exploring the instructional models most useful for robot-based learning in […]. The post What can we learn about STEM Education … FROM the Robotics? |

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.

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. Incorporating robotics, coding, and engineering into these lessons is a great way to engage students and inspire them to apply their learning. To simulate a windy day, students use art materials like streamers and feathers and attach them to a KIBO robot.

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. Now Stumpenhorst, director of the learning commons at Lincoln Junior High in Naperville, Ill., Now the school has about 20 models, along with apps students can use on their tablets or Chromebooks to learn the basics of programming.

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.

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.

Students see the future through robots

eSchool News

Robotics programs drive interest and teach critical thinking. Brittany Lopez held the remote with care, keeping her eyes on the small robot in front of her. Soon the robot’s mechanical arm had picked up the Lego, which was supposed to represent a miniature solar panel, and placed it on top of a small structure. It’s fun to play with the robots.” “It’s really fun once you actually learn what to do.”

Using Robots to Teach Young Elementary Students to Code

Graphite Blog

The logic involved in coding engages students’ curiosity and gets them excited to learn, so it's a great activity to engage our youngest students, even before they're reading! At my school, we've been teaching coding to our lower-elementary students for the past few years, and have incorporated robots from Wonder Workshop into the activities. The students in Pre-K through 2nd grade love it when I bring the robots to class.

5 real examples of coding and robotics in the classroom

eSchool News

Coding and robotics go hand-in-hand, and they’re becoming a more integral part of classrooms across the country. Aside from the excitement students muster when they see a robotics kit morph into a controllable arm or a tiny programmable vehicle, coding and robotics offer a little bit more than a fun classroom experience. Related Content: eSchool News Robotics Guide. The eSchool News Robotics Guide is here!

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. Schools Get Started in Robotics. District 36 started small with its robotics program. “We

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?”

What's In Your Elementary STEM Lab?

Tech Helpful

The truth is, we didn't, but we learned along the way. Don't let the tools dictate the learning. 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.

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. It has been with Wayne Public Schools about three months, and advanced computer science students at Wayne Hills High School have been busy programming and learning about it. Next page: How students and teachers are using the robot.

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.

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.”

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. Growing increasingly interested in robotics, Kate and her sister tagged along to team meetings and were invited by the older students to join in the build. One of my best friends in high school was on the robotics team with me. Robotics Competition team.

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. Recently, I asked our elementary teachers what they needed the most in terms of technology professional development.

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.”. There are several advantages of learning to code in elementary school. First, learning programming empowers kids. Additionally, children can express themselves through code and find it cool to create games, apps, and websites and to even control robots. Children are extremely eager to learn how to code.

Student seeks to create the ‘Netflix of online learning’

The Hechinger Report

eLearn.fyi is a database of more than 300 online resources, from a civics curriculum created by a former Supreme Court justice to engineering lessons for building a robotic arm. I remember thinking that the school systems must have a great list of recommended online learning,” she said.

Can kindergartners learn coding?

eSchool News

Our team took a trip to West Bend, Wisconsin, to visit a district that presented its approach to early childhood education at ISTE , supporting the claim that, yes, a kindergartner can learn to code. Related content: A plan for teaching coding and robotics from home.

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. Robotics Competition.

EXCLUSIVE: They’re here–robots are teaching your children

eSchool News

Unbeknownst to parents, all first-grade classes in a suburban Los Angeles elementary school were successfully taught by teacher robots during the 2015-2016 school year. “We’ve been working on some super cool artificial intelligence (AI), and in lab tests, the AI robots demonstrated instructional capability,” Miller said. “I wanted to see if they could teach real students, because we’ve seen robots help children with social-emotional learning.”

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.

Matching funds pair robots, underserved classrooms

eSchool News

Dollar-for-dollar match brings robots to classrooms teaching computational thinking. 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. Over 600 elementary schools have purchased the robots for use in their curricula since Dash & Dot started shipping in January 2015.

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! The orange Main Block powers the robot, Bluetooths to the student's mobile device where they use the app, and controls all the other blocks. The darker blue Motors helps a student's robot to move around. I admit it. I am not a coder.

Ward’s Science–So Many STEM Resources

Ask a Tech Teacher

Coding, robotics, and experimentation–integral pieces of STEM–give students the best start possible to the rest of their lives. Even after 144 years, Ward’s Science continues to be a leading provider of a full range of science products, kits, and resources for AP Science, Biology, Chemistry, Digital Science, Earth Science, Physics, and more for elementary-age students through High School (and beyond)–including Makerspace environments. Botley the Coding Robot.

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