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Remote Robotics: Developing Critical Thinking and Socioemotional Traits with STEAM

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Sunday, November 29, 10:15–11:00 am PST (Pacific Standard Time)
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Colleen Larionoff  
Robotics develops crucial critical thinking and socioemotional traits even in a remote or hybrid setting. Synchronous programming mini-lessons and student use of robotic simulation software as well as collaborative troubleshooting promote perseverance and computational thinking skills. Asynchronous, hands-on STEAM projects with recycled materials promote engineering skills and creativity.

Audience: Curriculum/district specialists, Teachers, Library media specialists
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices not needed
Topic: Reimagining learning
Grade level: 6-12
Subject area: STEM/STEAM, Computer science
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Demonstrate cultural competency when communicating with students, parents and colleagues and interact with them as co-collaborators in student learning.
  • Use technology to create, adapt and personalize learning experiences that foster independent learning and accommodate learner differences and needs.
For Students:
Innovative Designer
  • Students know and use a deliberate design process for generating ideas, testing theories, creating innovative artifacts or solving authentic problems.
Additional detail: Session recorded for video-on-demand

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

This presentation will address how to facilitate an engaging remote robotics program when the students do not have robots or resources available. Participants will feel empowered to teach a robotics class, camp, or club in a distance or hybrid environment without the students physically having robots. Emphasis will be placed on developing socioemotional skills such as perserverence and collaboration, as well as problem-solving. I have had success teaching robotics remotely to high schoolers in the spring and to early elementary through middle schoolers throughout the summer.


5 Minutes: Introduction to the benefits and challenges of teaching robotics remotely.
20 minutes: Detailed examples of activities to promote engagement and skill development
-suggestions for robotics simulation tools
-robotics STEAM projects using recycled and common household materials
-encouraging remote collaboration both synchronously and asynchronously
-differentiating for students of different ages and abilities, including ELLS
5 Minutes: Questions from the audience

Supporting research

What STEM Teachers Need to Know and Do for
English Language Learners (ELLs): Using Literacy
to Learn:

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Colleen Larionoff, Dwight Englewood

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