Tuesday, November 14 • 10:55am - 11:45am
Creative Robotics Across the Curriculum: An Innovative Partnership Project

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Integrating robotics into core curricula exposes more students to innovative computer science experiences and can promote deeper engagement with content (Gura, 2011; Gura & King, 2007).  By seeing creative modes of scientific exploration, students may develop a better understanding of STEM generally (NSF, 2015).

To increase opportunities for middle school students to engage in technology innovation, this NSF-funded Math Science Partnership project, involving higher education, evaluation, and school district partners, designed the Creative Robotics project. They studied its implementation with grade 6-8 public school teachers who integrated robotics units into their science, health, art, English, and social studies courses.

Successful curricular integration required intentionally designed connections between robotics activities and disciplinary learning goals, allowing teachers to deepen their thinking about topics and reconsider their typical pedagogical approach. Robotics units supported learners by creating universally designed class environments that offered multiple modes of engagement and expression. They helped some students translate abstract concepts into concrete exemplars and to explore new subject matter, while supporting the development of technological fluency.

This session will offer examples (including student artifacts and classroom video) of robotics units in several content areas, enabling administrators, teachers, and/or technology specialists to identify ways for integrating creative technologies at the classroom, school, and district levels. Session participants will learn how partnerships can support technology innovations like Creative Robotics, and they will consider how partnerships among schools, higher education, and industry could create career pathways that appeal to a wider range of students.


Debra Bernstein

Senior Researcher, TERC

Michael Cassidy

Research Associate, TERC

Karen Mutch-Jones

Co-Director, STEM Education Evaluation Center, TERC

Tuesday November 14, 2017 10:55am - 11:45am
Grand Ballroom Center