Blog Posts

Rise together: Being a ‘Force for Change’ in different times

Posted by Joe Slifka on April 18, 2020

The 2020 season for the LaBrae High School robotics team, The RoboVikes, ended on Thursday, March 12. We weren’t planning to finish so early, but, like much the rest of the country, our school was shut down and ordered to remain closed for three weeks. That was more than five weeks ago now. In Ohio, we are currently in “shelter in place” mode with only essential businesses remaining open, with plans to reassess the COVID-19 situation in early May. 

As we navigate these different times, I wanted to share some moments we had during our season and ways that teams can stay connected and continue to build your skill sets. 

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Topics: BEYOND THE CLASSROOM, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, ROBOTICS, Teacher Resources, Collaborations, FIRST Tech Challenge, Technology, Trends, Resources, Activities, TETRIX Robotics, 21st Century Skills, innovate, Workforce Development, 3-D Printing

Spring cleaning made easier! Thank you, technology!

Posted by Admin on March 19, 2020

Spring is almost here! With it comes rain, warmer weather, and that itch to soak up the sun that seems to have hidden from us for so long. If you’re anything like me, the to-do list of spring cleaning has gotten long and, with the glimpses of sunshine, I just don’t want to do any of it. Thank goodness technology can make getting through that chore list a little easier and much quicker! So, here’s a look at some of the technology behind products we use in our daily lives and ways to help bring that tech into your students’ lives!

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, ROBOTICS, Technology, Engineering, Coding, Authentic Learning, Activities, TETRIX Robotics, Hands-on Learning, innovate, Inquiry-based Learning

Bring the winter fun into your classroom!

Posted by Admin on December 16, 2019

It’s winter! At least . . . almost. Maybe you’re knee-deep in snow where you live, but it’s not been snowing much here in Kansas yet. That also means we’re stretching closer to the end of school year. The final stretch is in! But there’s no reason we can’t pretend it’s a winter wonderland and celebrate the holiday season as it comes in full swing! Here are some ideas to bring together excitement for the winter holidays and education for all types of learners.

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, ROBOTICS, Teacher Resources, Resources, Coding, Activities, TETRIX Robotics, Hands-on Learning, STEAM, innovate

Coding for all: Using KUBO in the special education classroom

Posted by Admin on December 14, 2019

Blog written by: Dana Cochran, special education teacher

“It’s a robot dating show, Mrs. Cochran!” my student shouted from the floor while smiling and giggling. 

“Look! Ours both met at the flagpole,” her classmate said excitedly.

My special needs students, ages 10-11, had been working on coding KUBO for about a week. They had learned functions and subroutines. (We hadn’t even gotten to loops, yet.) Everyone was engaged, active, and, most importantly, having fun.

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, ROBOTICS, STEM, Coding, 21st Century Skills, Hands-on Learning, STEAM

Work ethic, motivation . . . and robotics contribute to success in competition, life

Posted by Patty Cooke on December 11, 2019

Heritage High School (Maryville, TN) students Caden Branch and Landon Davis took gold in the 2019 Robotics: Urban Search & Rescue (USAR) competition at the SkillsUSA® national championships held this past summer in Louisville, Kentucky. The duo’s first-place finish continues a six-year streak of medaling for Heritage High School USAR teams since they began competing in 2014. So far, students have brought home two bronze, two silver, and two gold medals from the national competition.

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Topics: BEYOND THE CLASSROOM, Competitions, ROBOTICS, STEM, Social and emotional learning, USAR, Future Ready, TETRIX Robotics, innovate, Contest