Creative Constructor
Lab Virtual
Leadership Exchange
at ISTELive 21
Edtech Advocacy &
Policy Summit

I've Got This Robot, Now What?

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Participate and share : Poster

Matthew Buckley  
Mary Lou Ewald  
Jennifer Spencer  

Bringing robotics into your classroom can seem like a daunting task, especially if you think it won't fit into your already-full schedule of teaching objectives. We will give easy, tested lesson ideas to use with just about any robotic platform in all subject areas.

Audience: Library media specialists, Teachers, Technology coordinators/facilitators
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices not needed
Topic: Instructional design & delivery
Grade level: PK-5
Subject area: Computer science, STEM/STEAM
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Design authentic learning activities that align with content area standards and use digital tools and resources to maximize active, deep learning.
  • Create learning opportunities that challenge students to use a design process and computational thinking to innovate and solve problems.
  • Collaborate and co-learn with students to discover and use new digital resources and diagnose and troubleshoot technology issues.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Many teachers have access to robotics in their schools, but do not have experience using them or know what to do with them. It is a misconception that when you use robotics you are just teaching computer science skills or they are just being used as a "cool toy" or an attention grabber. While these are all good reasons, using robotics in the classroom is so much more! We plan to open the eye's of teachers and show them all the ways you can use robotics in the classroom. We have presented similar sessions at the Alabama Educational Technology Conference with great response. We will use multiple robotics platforms, such as VEX IQ, Sphero, Edison, and Dash and Dot to model lessons for teachers to use in their classroom. As a result of this session, teachers will be able to teach 4 different lessons in 4 different content areas using a variety of robotic platforms. We are going to show teachers that integrating robotics into your classroom can be easy, engaging and worthwhile.


15 minute introduction to using robotics in the classroom and introduction to the many different robotic platforms and how they work
5 minute share of other platforms teachers may be familiar with
15 minutes on a language arts lesson using robotics
15 minutes on a math lesson using robotics
15 minutes on a social studies lesson using robotics
15 minutes on a science lesson using robotics
10 minute wrap up and discussion on other ideas to use robotics in the classroom

Supporting research

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How K-12 Classrooms Can Benefit from Robotics

Why Teach Robotics

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Matthew Buckley, Southeastern Center of Robotics Edu
Mary Lou Ewald, Auburn University

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