ROBOTICS RESOURCES FOR EDUCATORS
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The Science Alive program at the Desert Research Institute (DRI) conducts various STEM education and engagement programs to support pre K-12 educators in Nevada. Science Alive provides inquiry-based STEM curriculum kits called Green Boxes and STEM Kits for reservation, offer periodic educator trainings and provide school support in the form of speakers, field trips and other special opportunities. All resources and events are provided FREE to any formal or informal Nevada educator. Click the link below to reserve a robotics STEM kit or Green Box.
PBS Reno offers a plethora of education resources for formal and informal educators, as well as families. Offerings include free educational lessons, career-tie videos and hands-on activities.
The College of Engineering, located on the University of Nevada, Reno campus, is home to some of the most advanced STEM resources in Nevada! Their engineering education outreach opportunities include an after-school program, summer camps, classroom lessons, and on-campus laboratory experiences.
Project Lead The Way (PLTW) provides transformative learning experiences to PreK-12 students and teachers all across the United States. Many of these experiences focus on building real-world skills through engaging, hands-on lessons. VEX is the exclusive robotics platfrom offered to PLTW schools, bringing new opportunities in robotics including design, building, and programming for students across the state. In PLTW’s Automation and Robotics Unit students use tools such as the engineering design process, an engineering notebook, and VEX Robotics® programming software to invent and innovate.
The Robotics Education & Competition (REC) Foundation’s mission is to increase student interest and involvement in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) by engaging students in hands-on, affordable, and sustainable robotics engineering programs. REC Foundation offers VEX Educator Certifications, STEM Labs for learners, and VEXcode VR where students can program a virtual robot!
FIRST® programs support educators by engaging students in STEM learning and preparing them for the future through hands-on fun while helping kids transfer STEM concepts to real-world applications. FIRST Robotics offers various resources including lessons, tutorials, and competition information.
Interview with Vivian Michalik – (25:12)
Robot Recipe STEM Kit Overview – (6:30)
Interview with Ben Nguyen – Full (30:18)
Oil Spill Engineering STEM 2 Go Kit Overview – (10:58)
Interview with Erica Lamar – (30:23)
Interview with Ben Nguyen – Teaser (4:16)
Click the links below to read research studies and impact data on robotics.
- VEX Robotics Competition Evaluation
- VEX Robotics Program: Gender Differences in Attitude, Engagement, and Performance
- Impacts of a Summer Robotics Program on Regular Year Attendance September 2014
- The Development of an Instrument to Measure the Self-Efficacy of Students Participating in VEX Robotics Competitions
- The Condition of STEM 2016
- The Impact of Participation in VEX Robotics Competition on Middle and High School Students’ Interest in Pursuing STEM Studies and STEM-Related Careers