Robotics is an excellent way to incorporate STEM topics (science, math, engineering, and mathematics) into elementary education.
Hamlin girls are introduced to robotics beginning in Kindergarten with Bee-Bot robots. These colorful, easy-to-operate robots are the perfect tool for teaching sequencing and patterns.
Grade 1andGrade 2 studentsuse Finch robots, which they control using a block-based programming environment called'Snap!'The multiple levels of'Snap!'provide increasing complexity as they explore outputs, parameters, and time.
Grade 3 studentsprogram Dash & Dot robots using an iPad app called Blockly. Through their experiences, they learn about fundamental coding concepts such as loops and variables.
Grade 4 studentsbuild and program their own robots using LEGO Mindstorms EV3 kits. The kits include pieces to construct the robot's body, motors, gears, and other mechanical components, as well as a small processor.
In Middle School, the girls continue their work with the EV3s as they begin to explore inputs and outputs using a variety of sensors. As they complete a series of challenges, they are able to make connections to robots in the real world. They also have access to Hummingbird Duo and Arduino Uno microcontrollers, which they can pair with motors, LEDs, and sensors to create a variety of open-ended robotics projects.
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