Teaching Math and Science with LEGO® Robotics
How can LEGO® Mindstorms® NXT robotics be used in science, math and technology classrooms? How can students make robotic creations come alive using the interactive LEGO® Mindstorms® Education Software designed for easy point and click programming? How can LEGO® Mindstorms® NXT robots become more relevant and applicable to real world engineering?
The Texas Tech University T-STEM Center in collaboration with the Whitacre College of Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering Department are providing the opportunity for teachers to participate in a project-based learning curriculum centered on one of the Get Excited About Robotics (GEAR) competition challenges. During this five-day workshop, teachers will begin to build a solid foundation for moving robotics into more mainstreamed science, technology, engineering and mathematics curriculums.
Throughout this workshop, participants will investigate the components of LEGO® robotics: LEGO® Mindstorms® NXT brick, LEGO® Mindstorms® Education software, design journaling, robot construction, programming and problem solving. By incorporating the GEAR components from "Power Up", activities will revolve around topics of oil and gas pipelines, solar energy, hydroelectric energy, bio-fuels, and wind energy. Teachers will receive instruction on incorporating the GEAR components into inquiry based learning within the regular classroom as well as training on an intermediate level for LEGO® NXT kits. Activities will be aligned to state and national standards, 21st Century Skills, college and career readiness standards, and project-based learning.
The workshop is designed for hands-on learning and the activities can be modified to fit any grade level. Teachers will leave the workshop with a basis for incorporating project-based learning into interdisciplinary technology-driven instruction in K-12 classrooms. By using this approach, teachers will also build on previous robotic trainings and discover ways to get more out of robotics by making it a part of the classroom STEM curriculum.
Teachers will also spend time critically discussing some of the ethical issues raised in the development and use of robots. Discussions will touch upon the ethical dimensions of software programming, interdisciplinary collaboration, and the social impacts of robots.
What You Take Home
About the Instructor
Malli Travis is a 7th/8th grade teacher at Dunbar Middle School in Lubbock, Texas. This school year will complete her 18th year with Lubbock ISD. She teaches Pre-AP social studies as well as the 7th grade advanced Lego® robotics elective.
She also serves as social studies department chair and team leader for the NASA Explorer School program granted to Dunbar in 2007. In addition, she serves on the Dunbar leadership committee as well as a curriculum advisory committee for LISD social studies.
She has been involved with Lego® robotics for the last eleven years and this will be the sixth summer she’s taught for Texas Tech University.
- Fee: $375
- STEM-designated schools qualify for a discounted fee under a separate grant. Please contact the T-STEM office for additional details. 806.834.0384 | email@example.com
- June 16th | 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
- June 17-21 | 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
- Texas Tech University - Lubbock, TX
- Free Lodging Available on Campus
- Classroom - College of Education
- Wind Power Center & Museum Tour
- Focus on Grade Levels: 6-12