You don't need to know coding or electronics to teach kids how robots really work! Kathy Ceceri's book BOTS! Robotics Engineering with Hands-On Makerspace Activities
is written for ages 9-12, but classroom teachers, librarians, and enrichment educators have used it for years as the framework for a complete introductory unit on robotics.
In this 90-minute workshop for educators and parents, Kathy will show you how to teach your own five-session Build BOTS! enrichment course for elementary and middle school age students, based upon her book. Kathy will share her class plans and activities, and tips for in-person and online instruction. She'll also walk you through a quick project, with emphasis on how to help kids develop confidence in their ability to figure out problems and improve their designs.
Participants will receive:
- links to sample building templates for paper models like a "soft" robot claw and a walking robot dog;
- teaching guides for lessons taken from Kathy's Build BOTS! robotics course
- a discount code good for 25% off the book BOTS!, Kathy's other titles from Nomad Press, and all their other books except sales items, including free shipping.
Find out how to guide kids as they build their own working robotic models, using only inexpensive crafts supplies, electronic components, and recycled materials. In the process, they'll learn about electrical circuits, sensors, soft-bodied and compliant robots designed to work around humans, and the other systems that make robots go. And they'll get first-hand experience with engineering and design thinking principles that can help them in all areas of school and life!