❤️s for robots and competition

Posted by Ruthie Muller on July 11, 2018

They say to do what makes your heart beat faster.

I’m not sure who “they” are, but if you ask most of the participants of Urban Search & Rescue, THEY would definitely agree.

Twenty-two states (plus Puerto Rico!), eight middle school teams, 22 high school teams, and five postsecondary teams attended SkillsUSA® nationals in Louisville, KY, June 25-29, all doing what makes their hearts beat faster – robotics and competition. 

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Topics: Middle School, High School, Competitions, ROBOTICS, Technology, Engineering, USAR, Future Ready, TETRIX Robotics

STEAM makes 'Oohs and Aahs' possible: using firework displays to learn STEAM

Posted by Melissa Karsten on July 02, 2018

Have you ever wondered what it takes to light up the sky on the Fourth of July? What makes a display spectacular? There are logistics, technology, and safety, plus the perfect playlist and, last but not least, the fireworks themselves. Sounds like a pretty good mash-up of STEAM in the real world. But it’s no wonder that most of us leave the BIG displays to the professionals.

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Topics: BEYOND THE CLASSROOM, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, Collaborations, Culture, Science, Technology, Resources, Engineering, STEAM

If we want to teach our kids technology, it has to be like this . . . .

Posted by Jessica Born on June 13, 2018

Few elementary school teachers are engineers.

Few engineers are elementary school teachers.

And that’s where instructional technology breaks down.

There’s no end to the tech that teachers can integrate in their classrooms, from smart boards to tablets to one-to-one device initiatives to robots and beyond.

As a result, some classrooms are flipping, letting students watch video lectures at home and do the actual exercises in the classroom where teachers and classmates can help. Textbooks come alive on tablets through video and interactive graphics. Students familiarize themselves with applications and devices they’ll use throughout their education and in the workplace.

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, Elementary School, ADMINISTRATION & THOUGHT LEADERSHIP, ROBOTICS, Technology, Coding, Future Ready, 21st Century Skills

Moving fore-ward with robotics

Posted by Preston Frazier on May 22, 2018

May is upon us, which here in Pittsburg, Kansas, means some stormy weather, the start of summer break, family vacations, and outdoor activities. Speaking of which, one popular summer activity can be found on the fairway, the tee box, and the green.   

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Topics: IDEAS & INSPIRATION, ROBOTICS, Technology, STEM, Coding, Activities, TETRIX Robotics, 21st Century Skills

FIRST® Championship renews hope for the next generation

Posted by Aaron Locke on May 03, 2018

When was the last time you were truly amazed at something? I don’t mean like, “yeah, that’s cool” amazed. I mean jaw-dropping, “I totally can’t believe what I’m seeing!” amazed. That was me during the third week of April as I attended the world FIRST® Championship in Houston.

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Topics: ROBOTICS, FIRST Tech Challenge, Technology, TETRIX Robotics, 21st Century Skills