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Participate and share : Poster

Sunday, June 23, 11:30 am–1:30 pm
Location: Posters: Level 4, Terrace Ballroom Lobby, Table 25

Adyson Petty   Dr. Diana Fenton   Dr. Shannon Essler-Petty  
Dash robots are an introductory robotic tool that can be used to teach basic levels of coding for elementary students. Learn how educational robots, such as Dash, can be used to teach content-area standards in real-world STEM/STEAM challenges.

Audience: Curriculum/district specialists, Teachers, Technology coordinators/facilitators
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices not needed
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Computer science and computational thinking
Grade level: PK-5
Subject area: Math, STEM/STEAM
ISTE Standards: For Students:
Computational Thinker
  • Students understand how automation works and use algorithmic thinking to develop a sequence of steps to create and test automated solutions.
Innovative Designer
  • Students know and use a deliberate design process for generating ideas, testing theories, creating innovative artifacts or solving authentic problems.
For Educators:
  • Design authentic learning activities that align with content area standards and use digital tools and resources to maximize active, deep learning.
Additional detail: Student presentation

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

The purpose of this session is to demonstrate how multiple content area standards can be woven with engineering design challenges in an elementary classroom. In addition, we will demonstrate how engineering design challenges can incorporate computational thinking skills with robotic tools such as Dash. This session will provide an example of a unit plan that was designed and implemented in second grade classrooms with pre-service teachers. We will share the challenges and success of this unit from both the teacher and the student perspective.

Supporting research

Kaya, E., Newley, A., Deniz, H., Yesilyurt, E., & Newley, P. (2017). Introducing Design to a Science Teaching Methods Course Through Educational Robotics and Exploring Changes in Views of Preservice Elementary Teachers. Journal of College Science Teaching. 47(2), 66-75.

Lynch, S. J., Peters‐Burton, E., & Ford, M. ( 2014). Building STEM opportunities for all. Education Leadership, 72(4), 54–60.

Mativio, J.M., & Jae H., P. (2012). Innovative and Creative K-12 Engineering Strategies: Implications of Pre-service Teacher Survey. Journal of STEM Education: Innovations & Research, 13(5), 26-29.

NGSS Lead States. (2013). Next generation science standards: For states, by states. Washington, DC: National Academies Press. doi:10.17226/18290

Ortiz, A., Bos, B., & Smith, S. (2015). The Power of Educational Robotics as an Integrated STEM Learning Experience in Teacher Preparation Programs. Journal of College Science Teaching,44(5), 42-47. Retrieved from http://www.jstor.org/stable/43631847

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Adyson Petty, ISD 742
Dr. Diana Fenton, College of St. Benedict/St. John's Univ.
Dr. Shannon Essler-Petty, College of Saint Benedict/Saint John's U

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