A STEM Pathway for K-12 with Robotics, Coding, and NGSS Engineering
Robots are the Trojan Horse method of engaging students in STEM. Parents love the STEM career opportunities, and schools find their classes fill up fast with the courses in the Exploring Robotics K-12 STEM and Coding Pathway.
Your school can offer a complete STEM K-12 Pathway, or fill in the gaps with STEM labs for the grades that don't currently have STEM or coding solutions. With Units in K-5 and Elective Courses in 6-12, these courses provide Physical Science, Earth Science, Computer Science (coding), Technology, and Engineering that many programs need.
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These courses attract girls and a diverse range of students. If districts wait till high school, it's too late; students will have already chosen their career options. When introduced to robots and coding in K-8, students are more likely to choose advanced STEM courses in high school.
Grades K-5 (Elementary) STEM Lesson Units:
Grades 6-8 (Middle School) Elective Courses:
Grades 9-12 (High School) Elective Courses:
Every grade can now have STEM labs with engaging hands-on activities, fun robots, and coding. You just need tables, chairs, and devices (Tablets, Chromebooks) and we can supply the rest.
These are rugged robots that stand up to classroom abuse with included batteries, chargers, and accessories for a complete package. As a STEM company, we offer a turn-key solution of products and services to ensure teacher success.
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STEM Concepts Students will learn:
- Science: Physical Science, Earth Science, NGSS Engineering Design Process, Cross-Cutting Concepts, Computer Science, and more.
- Technology: Systems, Algorithms, troubleshooting, and problem solving
- Engineering: Robots, Drones, Electronics, Sensors and Control systems (Arduino, MicroBit, Raspberry Pi), and more.
- Math: Numerical Expression, Patterns and Relationships, Measurements, Real-world problems, Equations,Geometry, Algebra, Graphing, Data analysis, and more.
- Coding (CS): Scratch, Blockly, Basic, Java, Python, and C languages
- 21st Century Skills: Communication, Collaboration, Creativity, Critical & Computational thinking
- Projects: Real World Applications of STEM
- Controls: Raspberry Pi, Arduino, ATmega, Micro Bit, Parallax
Budget Friendly Features:
- Most classroom packages are under $5,000 for a class of 20 to 30 students. That includes the curriculum, PD, support, and STEM lab station materials.
- A full STEM pathway of courses is affordable for many districts. Some implement a different robot for every grade, some choose 3 or 4 for each school: Elementary, Middle, and High.
- Students work in teams of 2 or 3, so a set of 10 or 12 STEM lab kits is often sufficient for a classroom.
- The kits are rugged and can be used for multiple classes over several years. Some have been used by schools for 5+ years.
- All courses are online, self-paced lessons flexible for terms or semesters with 40+ hours of content. Students and teachers can access lessons from any device.
- The license is per STEM lab (only number of students signing in, not all students in the school). This provides flexibility for scheduling and substantial savings when compared to other STEM programs.
- Very minimal materials costs. Spare parts are typically less than $50 per class.
- Instructor PD is included via video conference – does not require teachers to travel or miss school days.
- Technical support is included to get set up and started and to answer questions as they arise.
- Funding is available. ESSA, STEM, 21st Century, and CTE funding can be used by most schools. Many states, community organizations and granting agencies also support STEM programs.
- Some private schools and clubs charge a lab fee to cover the cost of robots or kits, and let the students take them home.
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Why Implement an Exploring Robotics K-12 STEM Pathway? Our Top 10 Reasons...
- One course can meet both the new CS requirements plus the new Science Engineering requirements for many states; a practical way to increase science test scores.
- Students are fully engaged and gain STEM foundational knowledge with CS coding, NGSS Engineering, and applied Math and Science. They code, invent things, and learn the fundamentals of electronics using fun kits with Arduino, Raspberry Pi, MicroBit and other control systems.
- Teachers need more than just robots. They are supported with easy to implement lesson plans, vocabulary words, worksheets, slides, handouts, step-by-step guides, videos, and assessments. We provide professional development via video conference and answer calls and emails promptly.
- A college and career component provides information about STEM careers and activities to inspire students to pursue possible STEM career paths.
- Even non-technical teachers can teach these classes with online self-paced lessons using videos and step-by-step instruction for the tough coding and engineering topics.
- By matching the robots to the existing class technology (Tablets, Chromebooks, or computers), teachers have more success and less frustration.
- The turn-key STEM lab stations can be used in classrooms and after-school programs. They can be shared by STEM, Science, Math, and ELA teachers, media specialists, and librarians; enhancing collaboration among teachers and staff. They easily fit on carts and can be moved from room to room for use in several classes per day.
- Teachers enjoy the personalized PD via video conference that fits into their schedule, and on-going technical support. We don't leave them hanging to figure it out on their own.
- Every course includes ELA, Art, and Math in the curriculum. Many also include music and dance, making them attractive to girls and the more artistic students as they are fully immersed in integrated STEAM learning.
- Everybody loves Robots and Drones!
Prepare Your Students for 21st Century STEM Careers
With this pathway, your students are prepared to enter college or technical schools with a strong foundation in Technology, Engineering and Computer Science concepts. Foundational engineering practices, coding, and STEM concepts are incrementally taught from elementary through middle and high school. These career-ready courses prepare students to become the technicians and engineers who are creating Internet Apps, developing new SMART technologies for homes, medicine, and industry, and helping to solve world problems.
Students control and operate robots and apply coding to solve real world situations. The mobile robots in the pathway mimic the features of automated vehicles and robots used in warehouses, factories, security, hospitals, and aerospace. Students build prototypes and learn the engineering design process. They invent gadgets and control things with code. They learn aerodynamics and hydrodynamics principles with a drone and hovercraft. They gain mechanical and electrical engineering foundations. Finally, the security robot ties it all together, and is a great capstone project with a robot that is driven around with a camera using multiple control systems working together, with advanced networks.
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