SPARKING Interest:Engineering and Robotics in the Classroom Joshua Neudel edJewcon April30, 2012
The Big Questions• Why is it valuable to teach Engineering and Robotics• What hurdles are there to implement these programs• What skills will students learn?• How do you assess student work?
A little about myself…• Gann Academy Science Chair • Grades 9th-12th • Chemistry, Physics, Engineering• Boston University College of Engineering • Udesign RoboAlley • Grades 6th-9th
Common Experiences• Existing Programs at our • Benefits of Rob./Eng. schools Program – Use KINEX to teach simple – Application of Science machines – Problem Solving – Building Rube Goldberg – Creativity Machines- Simple Machines – Logical Thinking – Build a roller coaster – Engineering Design Process (cardboard, duct tape, plastic tubing – Collaborative Working – Whizball and Lego Digital – Developing Physical Skills Designer – Working with tools – Lego Mindstorm(programmig RoboLab, Scratch, wedo, NXC, RobotC) – Earthquake Building Resistance Design
Why teach Engineering?• Why is this a subject area worth including?• What does it take to be successful?• What skills are we trying to teach students
How do we implement?• What are the challenges to implement? • Costs involved? – Use community resources to help support programs • Types of programs/activities • How do you staff? • What are your department’s goals
How Do We Assess• What are the challenges of grading projects?• How do you grade creativity?• What types of rubrics are needed?• What are you assessing?