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Robots We Love, Why and What We Do With Them!

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Participate and share : Poster

Tuesday, June 25, 10:00 am–12:00 pm
Location: Posters: Level 4, Terrace Ballroom Lobby, Table 43

Jake Kravetz   Sophie Kravetz   Nancy Penchev  
Students and teachers from kindergarten to fifth grade share their favorite robots, why they love them and what they do with them. From before- and after-school clubs to classroom integration, learn how robotics is used for fun and learning.

Audience: Teachers, Principals/head teachers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Windows, Android, iOS
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Early childhood/elementary
Grade level: PK-5
Subject area: STEM/STEAM
ISTE Standards: For Students:
Empowered Learner
  • Students understand the fundamental concepts of technology operations, demonstrate the ability to choose, use and troubleshoot current technologies and are able to transfer their knowledge to explore emerging technologies.
For Educators:
  • Collaborate and co-learn with students to discover and use new digital resources and diagnose and troubleshoot technology issues.
  • Dedicate planning time to collaborate with colleagues to create authentic learning experiences that leverage technology.
Additional detail: Student presentation, ISTE author presentation

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Attendees will leave this presentation with:
-a list of robots students and teachers recommend
-a tool kit of lesson plans for a variety of subject and grade levels
-an understanding of how robots can be integrated thoughtfully into the foreign language, regular education, and special education classroom
-examples of teacher use, student use, and club ideas
-connections from Social Media for people who use robotics in the classroom
-a code built for one of the robots to use as an intro to a lesson they teach at school

Supporting research

Alix Mammina wrote a blog for Education Week about robotics in the classroom. Here is an excerpt: In her 6th grade classroom in Fairfax, Va., Lisa Rode uses robots built by her students to teach everything from space exploration to human anatomy. Her students investigate plot structure by programming robots to act out stories that they write, explore the United States by making their robots travel across maps of the country, and tackle integers by guiding the robots up and down number lines.

"Students gain a little bit more independence and flexibility in their thinking because it's things they're not used to doing," Rode said. "When we built our robots on the first day of school, the students had a lot of pride in their work—they're more motivated when they're using their robots."

Rode began learning about robotics and integrating them into her classroom about three years ago. She noted that while the learning curve is difficult at first, the end result is worth it. She has noticed that her students with special needs especially benefit from interacting with the robots.

"I've had students who have a hard time communicating their thoughts orally or in writing, but they can program their robot and explain what the robot is doing well," Rode said. "It gives them a different way to show their understanding."

NYU has created PD for educators to learn to integrate robotics. Robotics is often used in clubs, after-school activities, and competitions to expose K-12 students to technology, engineering, math, and science. But this typically reaches a group of self-selected students who already have an interest in STEM. In order to democratize access to the benefits of project-based learning through robotics, NYU Tandon and the Center for K12 STEM Education are working to train K-12 teachers who can bring it directly to classrooms.
For examples of math and science standards-aligned lessons, created by NYU Tandon graduate students and faculty, that successfully incorporate engineering to teach STEM content, please see Robotics can provide school administrators and teachers tools to develop integrated STEM programs, empower teachers to improve STEM career awareness among students, and allow STEM teachers to incorporate technology in their classrooms in a meaningful way. Robotics allows students to learn STEM content while working with tools used by engineers and experiencing engineering design as a model for problem solving.

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Jake Kravetz, Scheck Hillel
Sophie Kravetz, Scheck Hillel Community School
Nancy Penchev, Scheck Hillel Community School

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