Oct 2, 2021 @ 8:30 am - 10:00 am Pacific
What You'll Do:
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!
What You'll Need:
- BOTS! Robotics Engineering with Hands-On Makerspace Activities
- Making Simple Robots (PDF)
- index card
About your Facilitator:Kathy is the author of more than a dozen books of hands-on maker activities, including "BOTS! Robotics Engineering with Hands-On Makerspace Activities" (Nomad Press) and "Making Simple Robots" (Make: Community). She frequently presents STEAM workshops to students and professional development at educator conferences, focusing on easy introductions to topics like robotics, game design, coding, and more. Kathy develops beginner tutorials for companies like Adafruit Industries and helped create robotics badges for Girl Scouts of the USA. She has also written for Wired and Make magazines, and was the Homeschooling Expert for About.com (now ThoughtCo).
Kathy Ceceri teaches online, at-home robotics and Maker workshops using everyday crafts supplies and household materials. She is also the author of more than a dozen books of hands-on learning activities, including BOTS! and Video Games from Nomad Press, and Paper Inventions, Making Simple Robots, and Fabric and Fiber Inventions from Make.
Kathy has created kids’ STEAM activities for the Girl Scouts of the USA, Adafruit Industries, Wired.com, and Make magazine and written about learning at home as the homeschooling expert and coach for ThoughtCo and others.Follow them at: