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Yes You Can – An Easy Way to Implement Robotics into Any Content Area Dr. Andrea Peach Professor of Education / Associate.

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1 Yes You Can – An Easy Way to Implement Robotics into Any Content Area Dr. Andrea Peach Professor of Education / Associate Dean of Graduate Education

2 Agenda O Why Robots? O Hardware / Software options O Examining curriculum for appropriate robot- related units O 4 standard robot activities that will fit most units O Classroom management options for robotics activities O PD Opportunities

3 My Qualifications Professor (Instructional Technology) / Associate Dean of Graduate Education at Georgetown College 10 years of running robot graduate classes and student camps 5 + years of robots competitions 5 current / previous robotics-related grants 30 years of programming experience and IT-related teaching

4 Why Robots? “Proponents of technology and engineering studies say those subjects help students acquire valuable interdisciplinary and applied skills in real-world situations, and attract students who are not otherwise drawn to traditional math and science. " (Where’s the 'T' in STEM?)

5 Robots are Growing in Use and Popularity O Robotic technology is growing in home applications, military / safety, industry, recreation/sports, entertainment, media, transportation, research, and health care. (http://www.therobotreport.com/).home applicationsmilitary / safetyindustry recreation/sportsentertainmentmedia transportationresearchhealth carehttp://www.therobotreport.com/ O Robotics activities combine all aspects of STEM O Robots are accessible and motivational to most all students O Robotic competitions continue to grow in popularity (http://www.startribune.com/local/south/ html)http://www.startribune.com/local/south/ html

6 STEM Robotics activities address all areas of STEM O S CIENCE: Physics (Motion, force and motion, gear ratios / speed, energy, etc.) O T echnology: Programming (computational thinking) O E ngineering: Design, mechanics, machines, problem solving O M ath: ratios, circumference, rotation, degrees, estimation, etc.

7 Curriculum ideas: STEM! All subject areas welcome O Science: Animal Science (Bugs), Space Science (Back to the Moon, Mission to Mars), Environmental Science (RCX Challenge 2012) O Social Studies: Geography (Amazing Robot Race, RoboGames); Current Events (Destination: Japan; Back to the Moon) O Language Arts: Base unit on a book or movie (Transformers, Wall E, Iron Giant, Star Wars, etc.); include storytelling, presentations, journaling, etc. (https://www.teachingchannel.org/videos/learning-through-teaching)https://www.teachingchannel.org/videos/learning-through-teaching O Math: Most themes will work: most of the robotics activities have math applications O Practical Living / PE / College - Career Readiness: PE (RoboGames); College-Career (teamwork, problem solving, time management); Practical Living (FLL Senior Challenge, Special Needs)

8 Science O Next Gen Science Standards Examples: O stability-forces-interactions stability-forces-interactions O O engineering-design engineering-design O applications-technologies-information-transfer applications-technologies-information-transfer O engineering-design engineering-design

9 Math O Next Gen Science Standards Examples: O 4 th Grade: Measurement and Data - /4/MD /4/MD O 5 th Grade: Graphing coordinates - /5/G /5/G O 7 th Grade: Circumference of Circles: /7/G /7/G

10 ELA O Depending on activity, can cover many ELA standards: O Writing: Literacy/CCRA/Whttp://www.corestandards.org/ELA- Literacy/CCRA/W O Reading: Literacy/RI/5http://www.corestandards.org/ELA- Literacy/RI/5 O Speaking / Listening: Literacy/SL/6 Literacy/SL/6 O Language: Literacy/L/6http://www.corestandards.org/ELA- Literacy/L/6

11 21 st Century Skills O “Ways of thinking. Creativity, critical thinking, problem-solving, decision-making and learning O Ways of working. Communication and collaboration O Tools for working. Information and communications technology (ICT) and information literacy O Skills for living in the world. Citizenship, life and career, and personal and social responsibility” (from are-21st-century-skills/)http://atc21s.org/index.php/about/what- are-21st-century-skills/

12 4 Robot Activities to get you started O Start simple – using simple robot or build robot from the guide that comes with robot kit O Each activity adds new skills O End with a bang!

13 Activity #1: Motors Move forward and stop O Modifications O how far robot moves O How fast robot moves O How to determine distance O Rotations O Time O Degrees O Add turns O Stopping one motor (pivot) O Using turn function O Require a more accurate stop O Require the quickest or straightest route

14 Example ‘scenarios’ O RoboGames: Robot is carrying the Olympic Torch (straight line) and then enters the stadium to light the flame (turns) O Mission to Mars: Robot leaves the space ship, travels to the edge of a crater (straight line), and then goes around the crater (turns) O Destination: Japan: Robot is sent into the nuclear power plant to allow engineers to view the damage.

15 Activity #2: Add Sensors / Wait Fors O Add a touch or sonic sensor O When sensor is triggered, either O Start or stop the robot O Let the robot do something (make a sound, turn a curve, etc.) O Optional: Add an additional ‘arm’ using the 3 rd motor

16 Example ‘scenerios’ O RoboGames: Play Field Hockey: When distance or sound is detected, the robot stops and swings the arm. The arm hits a ball into a goal. O Back to the Moon: When the robot detects space debris (distance sensor), it is moved out of the way (arm). O Destination: Japan: When the robot detects an obstacle (wall), robot stops and sends a signal to the engineers (makes a sound)

17 Activity #3: Light Sensor / Loops / Switches O Robot uses a light sensor to: O Follow a line O Stay within a line

18 Example ‘scenerios’ Follow a line O BUGS – Ants release pheromone trails to lead other ants to food sources. The robot ‘ant’ follows the trail O Amazing Robot Race – industrial robots (like at Toyota) follow magnetic strips (lines) to deliver products to the line O RoboGames – Robot performed on balance beam and swim race.

19 Example ‘scenerios’ Stay inside a line O BUGS – Ants release pheromone trails to lead other ants to food sources. The robot ‘ant’ follows the trail O Amazing Robot Race – industrial robots (like at Toyota) follow magnetic strips (lines) to deliver products to the line O RoboGames – Robot performed on balance beam and swim race.

20 Activity #4: Multiple sensors / Variables / engineering O Stay within a space (square / rectangle / circle) using a light sensor O Count touches on a touch sensor (loop / wait for) O Build robot to ‘survive’ being touched or pushed

21 Example ‘scenarios’ O Overall task: O Stay within the black line. O When your robot gets touched by another robot, keep track of the touch. O When you are touched 3 times, sing a sad song / transmit a warning, etc. and shut down. O Scenario: Your robot is protecting an area against other robots.

22 Classroom management options for robotics activities O Lesson Plan Example – Presentation Example: Lesson Plan Example –Presentation Example O My camps last for 5 days – 2 ½ hours per day O Day 1 – Activity 1 O Day 2 – Activity 2 O Day 3 – Activity 3 O Day 4 – Activity 4 (build and program) O Day 5 – Activity 4 (finish building and testing) and final ‘battle’

23 Other logistics O 2-3 students per robot is ideal O Have ‘advanced’ scenario options for students who get done quickly O Build in time for reflection, journaling, reporting, etc… O Consider inviting outside professionals (engineers (IEEE), police department robot, etc.) and involve parent volunteers.

24 Technical information O My website – documents documents O NXT Software – all tasks are documented and include detailed instructions on programming and building O Websites abound – you can start with my Delicious site –

25 PD Opportunities O My Georgetown College class – CSC 522 (3 hours credit) O Attend my GC PD – June O Attend District PDs O Training CDs, books, etc. available from Lego Education

26 Final Thoughts O Robotic activities are available at all grade levels O These 4 activities prepare students to do well in robotics competitions O Other robotics products are available that may be more affordable in certain situations O Don’t be afraid – let the kids go!

27 Questions / Comments? O Questions: Contact me – O Join my Facebook Group Page -- https://www.facebook.com/GeorgetownColl egeRobotics https://www.facebook.com/GeorgetownColl egeRobotics O Visit my website – O Link to my Delicious site –


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