Introduction to Robotics:
The NXT Generation
There are no seats available for this workshop.
New workshop dates will be announced Fall 2007.
Get a comprehensive introduction to using the new LEGO® MINDSTORM™ NXT kits in your classroom.
Discover how you can use robotics in your science and technology classrooms as you build with LEGO®. Then watch as your creations come alive using the interactive LEGO MINDSTORM Education Software redesigned for even easier programming.
This workshop will cover the basics of getting a LEGO robotics program started in your classroom. We will cover the history of robotics, the fundamentals of robotics and the basic functions of the LEGO MINDSTORM Education Software.
Teachers will be able to take back to their classroom simple engineering lesson plans that incorporate a variety of STEM subject areas and are centered around a hands-on, engineering approach designed to engage all students of all levels.
- Dates: July 22-27, 2007
- Location: Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX
- Professional Development Credit: 40 hours SBEC Credit (20 G/T)
- Grade Levels: Recommended for all levels (K-12)
- Subjects: Science, Technology, G/T
- Prerequisites: None
What you take home
- Strategies for using robotics and engineering design to enhance classroom learning
- Experience building and programming with the LEGO MINDSTORM NXT
- LEGO MINDSTORM NXT robotics kit ($252 value)
- LEGO MINDSTORM Education Software license ($49 value)
- Free standards-aligned curriculum resource materials, including a USB drive loaded with useful Web sites, sample engineering challenges and other resources
Schedule of Topics
Located a block away from the Center for Engineering Outreach, Gordon Hall offers convenience and comfort for workshop participants during the week.
- Private bedrooms
- Private bathrooms
- High-speed Internet access
- Convenient location
Each private bedroom and bathroom shares a common living area with one other workshop participant — perfect for teaming up on workshop projects. Parking, classroom and dining facilities are located within a comfortable walking distance.
Housing and meals are included in the cost of the workshop. Participants will check-in Sunday afternoon and leave Friday afternoon. Meals will be provided beginning Monday at breakfast.
About the Instructor
Malli Travis, a science and social studies teacher at Dunbar Middle School in Lubbock, Texas, leads this summer's investigation into bricks and bytes.
A long-time proponent of K-12 engineering, Travis is well-known around Lubbock Independent School District for her engineering classroom projects that include underwater robotics missions and high-flying rocket launches.
This is Travis' third summer to teach the Introduction to Robotics workshop. Travis was instrumental in redesigning the center's robotics curriculum with colleague Nancy Schunke in 2004.
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