Delivering STEM Education Through Robotics

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Delivering STEM Education Through Robotics

  1. 1. Delivering STEM Education Through Robotics Brian Niekamp Technology Education Teacher Hastings Middle School Upper Arlington City Schools bniekamp@uaschools.org 1
  2. 2. What is STEM? An initiative… 1) to secure America‟s leadership in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics 2) and to identify promising strategies for strengthening the education that leads to STEM careers. (adapted from the Alliance for Education - San Bernardino, California).
  3. 3. What is Robotics? Robotics is “the technology dealing with the - design, - construction, & - operation of robots.” ~ Merriam-Webster 3
  4. 4. Why Robotics? Robotics…  provides opportunities for authentic problem solving.  allows students to contextualize math and science.  is fun and engaging. 4
  5. 5. Engineering Challenges  5 mini challenges that require varying degrees of:  Math skills  Science skills  Engineering skills  Students work in cooperative groups and part of their grade is performance-based
  6. 6. What is Engineering? The application of scientific, physical, mechanical and mathematical principles to design processes, products and structures that improve the quality of life. ~ Pennsylvania Department of Education
  7. 7. Application, Application, Application You„ve got to be able to learn how to learn; It„s not what you know, it„s how you learn. ~Thomas Friedman
  8. 8. Robotics: Where’s the Beef? Math  Addition, Subtraction, Division, Multiplication  Measuring  Conversion of fractions to decimal equivalents  How to calculate circumference  Ratios  Solving Proportions
  9. 9. More Beef… Science  Friction 
  Mass/Weight  Mechanical advantage  Data collection  Simple machines 9
  10. 10. Ratios and Proportions  Problem: You can‟t program a robot to travel a certain distance.  Solution: Use the rotation sensor and math to solve the problem. 10
  11. 11. How far does 1 rotation of a wheel go?  Answer: 1 rotation = the circumference of the wheel  Measure wheel diameter  Multiply diameter x π 11
  12. 12. So, let‟s say you calculate that 1 rotation of a wheel goes 4 inches. How many rotations do you need to go 12 inches? 12
  13. 13. Using Proportions 1 rotation =x rotations 4 inches 12 inches 4x= 12 4 4 x = 3 rotations 13
  14. 14. “This is the first time I have seen a real use for Algebra” 1 rotation =x rotations 4 inches 12 inches 4x= 12 4 4 x = 3 rotations 14
  15. 15. Robotics Competitions  FIRST Robotics  National Robotics Challenge  eTech Ohio Conference 15
  16. 16. FIRST Robotics  FIRST Tech Challenge  High school  FIRST Lego League  9-14 years old  Qualifiers in Grandview and Columbus State  Junior First Lego League  6-9 years old 16
  17. 17. National Robotics Challenge www.NationalRoboticsChallenge.org  Marion, Ohio  3 days of competitions  for Middle School, High School, & College  Inexpensive - no required kits 17
  18. 18. National Robotics Challenge www.NationalRoboticsChallenge.org  Sumo Robots  Maze Robots  Robot Construction  Art Robot  Pick and Place Robot  Top of the Hill 18
  19. 19. When your students are asking to come to school on the weekends… You know you’ve got them hooked on learning!
  20. 20. Robotics - STEM Delivered

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