Teaching STEM in Flexible Learning Environments

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Participate and share : Poster

Kristen Marlatt  
Rusty Nye  

When the pandemic made in-person summer camps impossible, UBTECH developed its own virtual robotics camp, Camp:ASPIRE, to provide enriching robotics and coding experiences for kids. UBTECH will walk educators through tools and tactics on how to successfully plan and deliver a flexible and dynamic STEM experience.

Audience: Curriculum/district specialists, Principals/head teachers, Teachers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices not needed
Topic: Distance, online & blended learning
Grade level: 3-5
Subject area: Computer science, STEM/STEAM
ISTE Standards: For Students:
Empowered Learner
  • Students use technology to seek feedback that informs and improves their practice and to demonstrate their learning in a variety of ways.
Knowledge Constructor
  • Students build knowledge by actively exploring real-world issues and problems, developing ideas and theories and pursuing answers and solutions.
Computational Thinker
  • Students formulate problem definitions suited for technology-assisted methods such as data analysis, abstract models and algorithmic thinking in exploring and finding solutions.
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Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Participants will explore methods to implement STEM education in non traditional settings. Based on survey findings from our own virtual robotics camp experience hosted between June - August 2020, 95.4% of students rated their overall camp experience as a 4 or higher on a 1-5 scale (1 being poor, 5 being excellent). Using the same 1-5 scale, 90.7% of students felt more confident using robotics and with coding after taking a course with a rating of 4 or higher.


In this 30 minute micropresentation, the presenter will focus on how to deliver and engage students with STEM through diverse mediums. The presentation will spend approximately 15 minutes exploring how UBTECH transitioned it’s model to meet the needs of a changing educational climate using Camp:ASPIRE as an example of pivoting instruction to meet the needs of the students. From there the presentation will shift to explore modern methods of teaching STEM instruction and examine virtual, in person and hybrid mediums for approximately 15 minutes. If time permits, question and answer is definitely appreciated.

Supporting research

A Utah school district integrates UBTECH UKITs in their Innovation Center to expose all students to robotics, support their district’s STEM initiatives, and instill real-world problem-solving:
Case Study: Robotics helps increase confidence for ELLs at NY public school:
Case Study Q&A: How robotics provides a pathway to the future for a CA science classroom:

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Kristen Marlatt, UBTECH Education