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February Online Professional Development Courses

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February TrainingsWe have three online professional development courses coming up very soon!
We will be offering the following six-weeks online courses:

EV3 Online Professional Development
February 12th – March 19th, 2014
Wednesdays for 6 Weeks
7-9:00pm EST (4-6:00pm PST)

ROBOTC Online Training for LEGO / TETRIX
February 11th – March 18th, 2014
Tuesdays for 6 Weeks
7-9:00pm EST (4-6:00pm PST)

ROBOTC Online Training for VEX CORTEX
February 13th – March 20th, 2014
Thursdays for 6 Weeks
7-9:00pm EST (4-6:00pm PST)

Web Training graphicOur Professional Development courses provide teachers and coaches with a solid foundation for robot programming in the respective languages, and experience in troubleshooting common student mistakes. It also focuses on identifying and extracting academic value from the naturally occurring STEM situations encountered in robotics explorations. Find out more here – Robotics Academy Professional Development

Classes are filling up quick, so sign up today!

 

 

 

Botline: Robotics Summer of Learning

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This summer, students have the opportunity to learn how to program robots, design games, animate stories, and earn a chance to win $10K in prizes and scholarships for free and all online!

VEX “Toss Up”

CS2N’s VEX Toss Up challenges you to program your autonomous virtual robot with ROBOTC to score as many points as possible, via scoring or locking BuckeyBalls and large balls, as well as hanging from a colored bar!

FTC “Ring It Up!”

CS2N’s FTC “Ring It Up!” challenges you to program your autonomous virtual robot with ROBOTC to score as many points as possible, via hanging rings on the center or corner post hangers and placing rings on the red floor tiles!

Animation Competition

“Nature Doc-u-mentary,” asks students to write a creative narrative and make an animated documentary using either Scratch or Alice 2.0. By using storytelling and animation as a motivator, students learn the importance of the design process while using interactive programming software.

Game Design Challenge

“Beacons and Barriers”, will have users focus on creating levels for a virtual robot to navigate through. They will use the Model Importer, included in Robot Virtual Worlds, to create objects to serve as checkpoints and obstacles.

CS2N has free software and courses. Sign up today!

Software and training will be provided for free throughout the summer. Students will have 24/7 access to the online course materials, as well as professional support from developers of the software and curriculum. There will be over $10,000 in prizes available to participants in the challenges, including free software, robot kits, and college scholarships. The Robotics Summer of Learning kicks off on June 1 and runs to September 1, 2013.

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Our Professional Development courses provide teachers and coaches with a solid foundation for robot programming in the respective languages, and experience in troubleshooting common student mistakes. It also focuses on identifying and extracting academic value from the naturally occurring STEM situations encountered in robotics explorations. Classes are available on-site or online.

Classes are filling up quick, so sign up today!

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2013 Spring and Summer Online training schedule released!

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The Robotics Academy has released the Spring and Summer Online Training schedule for 2013. Take a look below for the dates:

  • NXT Professional Development
    • February session (6-weeks once a week)
      • February 6th – March 13th (Wednesdays for 6 Weeks)
      • 6:00pm to 8:00pm EST (3:00pm to 5:00pm PST)
      • Register by January 23rd, 2013
    • July Session (5 consecutive days)

      • July 15th-19th, 2013 (Monday-Friday for 1 Week)
      • 3:00pm to 5:00pm EST (12:00pm to 2:00pm PST)
      • Register by July 1st, 2013
    • CLICK HERE TO REGISTER for NXT Professional Development
  • ROBOTC for LEGO / TETRIX
    • February session (6 weeks once a week)

      • February 5th-March 12th, 2013 (Tuesdays for 6 Weeks)
      • 6:00pm-8:00pm EST (3:00pm-5:00pm PST)
      • Register by January 22nd, 2013
  • ROBOTC for VEX CORTEX
    • February session (6 weeks once a week)

      • February 7th – March 14th, 2013 (Thursdays for 6 Weeks)
      • 5:00pm-7:00pm EST (2:00pm-5:00pm PST)
      • Register by January 24th, 2013
    • July session (5 consecutive days)
      • July 29th – August 2nd, 2013 (Monday-Friday for 1 week)
      • 3:00pm-5:00pm EST (12:00pm – 2:00pm PST)
      • Register by July 8th, 2013
    • CLICK HERE TO REGISTER for ROBOTC for VEX CORTEX

For  questions about payment, please email customerservice@robomatter.com.

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email training@rec.ri.cmu.edu, or you can comment on this post below.

Written by Vu Nguyen

January 21st, 2013 at 3:59 pm

8 Practices in the Next Gen Science and Engineering Standards

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As I continue to read the Next Gen Science and Engineering Standards I found that the standard developers have identified 8 practices that they see as esssential elements in k-12 science and engineering curriculum:

  1. Asking

    questions (science) and defining problems (for engineering)

  2. Developing and use models
  3. Planning and carrying out investigations
  4. Analyzing and interpreting data
  5. Using mathematics and computational thinking
  6. Constructing explanations (science) and designing solutions (engineering)
  7. Engaging in argument from evidence
  8. Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information

There is more detail provided in the 8 practices link above, is there anyone that is interested in helping to develop a guide for new robotics teachers trying to align their program to the new science and engineering standards. If you are interested send me an email at rshoop(at)cmu.edu. Regards, Robin

 

Written by Robin Shoop

May 31st, 2012 at 12:50 pm

2012 Summer On-Site training schedule

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The Robotics Academy has just released the Summer On-site Training schedule for 2012. Take a look below for the available sessions:

acher_training/sub_pages/on_site_courses/index_nxt.htm”>CLICK HERE for more details about NXT Professional Development training

  • June 25th – June 29th, 2012 (Monday-Friday for 1 Week)
    • Register by June 11th, 2012
  • July 23rd – July 27th, 2012 (Monday-Friday for 1 Week)
  • ROBOTC for LEGO / TETRIX
    CLICK HERE for more details about ROBOTC for LEGO / TETRIX training

    • July 9th – 13th, 2012 (Monday-Friday for 1 Week)
      • Register by June 25th, 2012
    • July 30th – August 3rd, 2012 (Monday-Friday for

      1 Week)

      • Register by July 16th, 2012
  • ROBOTC for VEX PIC and CORTEX
    CLICK HERE for more details about ROBOTC for VEX PIC and CORTEX training

    • July 16th – 20th, 2012 (Monday-Friday for 1 Week)
      • Register by July 2nd, 2012
    • August 6th – 10th, 2012 (Monday-Friday for 1 Week)
      • Register by July 23rd, 2012
  • For  questions about payment, please email customerservice@robomatter.com.

    For questions relating to training, please email training@rec.ri.cmu.edu, or you can comment on this post below.

    Written by Vu Nguyen

    November 22nd, 2011 at 2:26 pm

    VEX Professional Development Classes

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    Robotics Academy VEX Teacher Training classes are web-based. Learn to program in ROBOTC using Innovation First VEX robot hardware. This video provides a quick overview.
    VEX Online PD

    These courses focus on learning how to program VEX-based robots, and how to use robotics as an organizer to teach STEM (Science, Engineering, Technology, and Mathematics) concepts. Included with the course is the Robotics Academy’s Teaching ROBOTC for IFI VEX CD-Rom, along

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    You will also have the opportunity to earn professional development credits and a Certificate of Completion by completing various assignments throughout the course.

    For current class listings, click here.

    Written by Matt Kambic

    January 15th, 2010 at 2:13 pm

    Summer 2010 On-Site Teacher Training Classes

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    This coming

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    summer, you can attend Carnegie Mellon Robotics Academy Teacher Training classes in Pittsburgh, PA. A full slate of classes is available, covering different robotic platforms and software. This video provides a quick overview.

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    Robotics Academy teacher training courses are designed for robotics educators who use LEGO MIndstorms, TETRIX, or VEX robots in their middle school and high school classrooms. All training is conducted at the National Robotics Engineering Center (NREC) in Pittsburgh, PA. The NREC is part of the Carnegie Mellon University Robotics Institute, a world-renowned robotics organization, where you’ll be surrounded by real-world robot research and commercialization. You also can take advantage of Pittsburgh’s attractions, from world-class museums and entertainment, to shopping, excursions, sports, and more.

    For current class listings, click here.

    Written by Matt Kambic

    December 22nd, 2009 at 1:31 pm