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Sparking interest engineering and robotics in the classro

  1. 1. SPARKING Interest:Engineering and Robotics in the Classroom Joshua Neudel edJewcon April30, 2012
  2. 2. 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?
  3. 3. A little about myself…• Gann Academy Science Chair • Grades 9th-12th • Chemistry, Physics, Engineering• Boston University College of Engineering • Udesign RoboAlley • Grades 6th-9th
  4. 4. 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
  5. 5. 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
  6. 6. How do we implement?
  7. 7. 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
  8. 8. 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?
  9. 9. Some Resources• Supply Resources: • McMaster-Carr: www.mcmaster.com • Jameco: www.jameco.com • SparkFun: www.sparkfun.com • Lego Mindstorms: http://mindstorms.lego.com• Programmatic Resources: • USFIRST: www.usfirst.org • VEX Robotics: www.vexrobotics.com • Invent America: www.inventamerica.org • Rocketry: www.nar.org/competition/index.html • NASA Sites: – http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/rocketry/multimedia/index .html – www.grc.nasa.gov/WWW/K-12/aerores.htm
  10. 10. Things to Think About• The work is in the preparation…• Are you willing to give up control…• The teachable moments are in the mistakes…• The value is in the process…• KISS

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