Educational Technology

February 24, 2019

Developing Robotic Kids

Filed under: Educational Technology — admin @ 12:40 am

By Dian Schaffhauser, THE Journal

Robotics programs across the country are appealing to non-STEM-oriented students too, even as they learn science, tech, engineering and math (along with a whole bunch of soft skills) on the side.¬†FIRST provides all kinds of support to simplify the job of an all-volunteer corps delivering robotics education to students. For example, Krispen, who called herself “the coordinator of coordinators,” couldn’t do her job with FIRST’s help. “Because I’m coordinating for 70 teams, I’m constantly calling FIRST and asking questions.” The organization provides videos, tutorials, posters, logos, flyers and replacement pieces when something goes missing in the kits, she said. When a principal calls to say she needs to make a speech to new parents and wants to introduce them to the robotics program, Krispen can head to the FIRST website and “usually it’s already there.”

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