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Teaching with Lego Robotics - Calgary (Aug 2017)

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Calgary Jewish Academy

6700 Kootenay St SW

Calgary, AB T2V 1P7

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A course for Teachers and FLL Coaches using either EV3 & NXT

  • Hands-on learning with robot kits (provided) and programming software (provided)
  • Learn how to program and troubleshoot to teach with robotics and to coach students to create excellent, clean code
  • Learn about tools and activities that will enable you to build or improve a robotics course/team
  • Learn how to teach Math and Science concepts using a constructionist-based learning environment


The course I designed and taught for the University of Alberta was, and continues to be, very popular with teachers. However the course is expensive and involves a lot of academic work as well. For teachers who just want the PD on using Lego robotics in the classroom, it was not a good fit. So after much urging from teachers, I have adapted the hands-on lab component of into 4-day course. I am offering it in 2 levels, so that teachers can choose to just take either half if they desire. I am looking forward to continuing to introduce teachers and parents to the incredible potential of learning with robotics.

COURSE OVERVIEW

LEGO Mindstorms Equipment and Software
Learn about the components in the kits and their strengths and weaknesses. Learn about the extra features of the software like robot educator, content editor and data logging.

Programming with EV3
Pogramming is where the majority of the learning opportunities are in robotics. Learn to code and therefor learn to teach students to code. We will start with linear coding appropriate for elementary students and will be up to multiple-decision level coding by the end. Trust me, no matter your background, I can teach you to code with complexity.

Analyzing and Troubleshooting
If you have ever programmed a robot, you know that analyzing and troubleshooting comes with the project! But this is good news; there is so much learning that happens in this process. This is where students assess their own problem solving; this is where real-world learning happens. Helping students analyze and troubleshoot is the real key to teaching with robotics.

Robotics in the Learning Environment
Here we will cover many topics on how to integrate robotics into a learning environment. These are the key details that allow a teacher or coach to do their job.

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