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Robotics Technician Training Program Interview

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Robin Shoop of the Carnegie Mellon University Robotics Academy, Michael Amrhein of California University of Pennsylvania and Dr.

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Stephen Catt of Butler County Community College discuss a new robotics technician training program in a television interview conducted by host Bill Flanagan on the program ‘Our Region’s Business’.TV grab

Written by Matt Kambic

January 15th, 2010 at 2:06 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.


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

Robotics STEM lesson design on the cover of "The Technology Teacher" journal

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Technology Teacher CoverITEA’s flagship publication, The Technology Teacher, has published an article on designing technology lessons that teach mathematics. Written in collaboration with our partners Eli Silk and Dr. Christian Schunn at the University of Pittsburgh’s Learning Research and Development Center, the article Designing Technology Activities that Teach Mathematics is an insightful look into some of the strategies that help to bring out mathematical value when setting up a robotics problem.

In the article, the authors lay out four principles for producing a technology activity that leads to math learning. The paper also gives several examples of these principles in the redesign of the Robot

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Algebra Robot Synchronized Dance activity.

Designing Technology Activities that Teach Mathematics can be found featured on the cover of the December/January 2010 volume of The Technology Teacher.

Silk, E. M., Higashi, R., Shoop, R., & Schunn, C. D. (2010). Designing Technology Activities that Teach Mathematics. The Technology Teacher, 60(4), 21-27.

Written by Ross Higashi

November 30th, 2009 at 8:52 pm