Code your own story: Interactive storytelling through coding

Posted by Jessica Born on June 11, 2020

Beginning, middle, end. Those are familiar elements of a good story.

They provide the structure to help a reader follow along and convey the intended message.

Coding has similar elements that provide structure too. You might have heard of terms such as head, body, tag, and so on. These enable the code to be executed properly and even help the programmer explain the code if needed.

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, Middle School, Elementary School, BEYOND THE CLASSROOM, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, ROBOTICS, Teacher Resources, Technology, STEM, Resources, Coding, Activities, 21st Century Skills, Hands-on Learning, STEAM

Tech History: National VCR Day

Posted by Paige Bowman on June 04, 2020

Nowadays, movies and TV shows are in the palm of our hands. Literally. Smartphones make it so we can access all types of media in an instant, and smart TVs in our homes mean we have unbridled access to more content than our grandparents could have ever dreamed of. Let’s not even get started with the newest fad of binging entire seasons of shows.

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Topics: IDEAS & INSPIRATION, Technology, STEM, Resources, Activities, Hands-on Learning

Your camp handbook: How to have the best summer ever

Posted by Molly Underwood on May 20, 2020

The “school” year is coming to a close and summer is coming in hot (literally and figuratively). Normally, kids everywhere would be preparing for their summer camps, but this year is a little different – everyone got thrown a curveball. Thankfully, the world doesn’t just quit when we get the unexpected. We overcome. We innovate. We make the best out of it. And, above all else, we come together.

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Topics: BEYOND THE CLASSROOM, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, Camps, Technology, STEM, Resources, Teacher Development, Coding, Activities, Maker Ed, Hands-on Learning, STEAM

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 Paige Bowman 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