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Sunday, November 29, 10:15–11:00 am PST (Pacific Standard Time)
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Remote Robotics: Developing Critical Thinking and Socioemotional Traits with STEAM

Dr. Brian Cook  
Denise Wright  

Getting ready for an ascent is common practice for a pilot, but how about a middle school drone pilot? Discover STEM-based drone activities, insight into coding platforms as well as a framework for designing, building and constructing obstacle courses for drone racing.

Audience: Teachers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Topic: Project-, problem- & challenge-based learning
Grade level: 6-8
Subject area: STEM/STEAM
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Advocate for equitable access to educational technology, digital content and learning opportunities to meet the diverse needs of all students.
For Students:
Innovative Designer
  • Students select and use digital tools to plan and manage a design process that considers design constraints and calculated risks.
For Education Leaders:
Equity and Citizenship Advocate
  • Ensure all students have access to the technology and connectivity necessary to participate in authentic and engaging learning opportunities.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

-participants have access to integrated STEM lessons/activities

-insight into coding platforms

-concepts for designing, building, and constructing obstacle courses for drone racing
-insight into funding drone after school program


Snapshot Presentation (20-minutes) Outline:ISTE2020

Welcome & Introductions

What does authentic learning look like in your classroom?

Flying Drones with students? -- myths
Flying Drones with students? -- Realities
Authentic Engagement
Creative Thinkers and Makers
designing, building, and constructing

Four Flying Activities/Challenges

Get your project up and running: Funding

Supporting research

Drones Take Flight in Middle School Program by Brian Cook (2017)

Drones in Education: Let Your Students' Imagination Soar (ISTE, 2016)

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Dr. Brian Cook, Worcester County Public Schools

Dr. Brian Cook has been tinkering with STEM after school programs for the past six years at Pocomoke Middle School (MD). He has implemented, funded, and sustained a drone after school program that supports students in grades 4-8. He has penned articles and blog posts on drones in education and presented on the topic regionally at the Maryland Society for Educational Technology.

Denise Wright, Horry County Schools

Denise Wright, is a STEM Educator in Myrtle Beach, SC . She is a member of ISTE STEM , IVC leadership teams, volunteers for NASA as a Solar System Ambassador, piloted a distance learning telescope to be used in classrooms across South Carolina, and founded the amateur astronomy group, Grand Strand Astronomers in her local community. Denise, was recently appointed to the National Astronomy Educator Coordinators Team with the IAU and attended the 2018 launch of NASA's Parker Solar Probe. Her passions include astronomy, artificial intelligence, and learning about emerging technologies. She is an author for NSTA's Science Scope. Her column is called "The Online Teacher."

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