Creative Robotics in Any Classroom
Overview: This two day "train the trainer" workshop is a blend of project-based learning, maker education, computer science, and engineering. See how to bring creative robotics into any classroom and every subject with the Hummingbird Robotics Kit, and learn to teach these skills to others.
Who are trainers: This training is for people of all skill and comfort levels. In two days, you will leave prepared to host your own trainings and events with the Hummingbird Robotics Kit from BirdBrain Technologies in a variety of settings: in a 1 hour workshop, a 6 hour PD day, a demonstration at a staff meeting, or even a Bots and Bevs open house at your community's favorite brewery!
What we'll learn: You will learn to code robotics components like LEDs, motors, and sensors, using programming languages suitable for students in grades 3-12. Then, you'll learn to combine these robotics components with common craft supplies to make cardboard mechanisms, remote controlled recycled rovers, a Robot Petting Zoo Animal, or even re-enact a scene from Romeo and Juliet. We'll learn to code and build using laptops, Chromebooks, and iPads/tablets, to serve the needs of every school.
Illinois needs trainers: Many schools in Illinois saw the Hummingbird at the ICE conference in 2019 and are ready to learn more! After attending this workshop, you will be ready to deliver professional development to your community.
Description of the Days
Day 1: Design, Build, and Program with Hummingbird
Design, build, and program your own robot using the NEW Hummingbird Bit Robotics Kit and everyday art supplies. This 6-hour introductory workshop is designed for any teacher or technology coach interested in bringing robotics, programming, and design into the classroom. We will provide helpful tips on how you can integrate robotics into any subject area while you create your own working robot.
Day 2: Teaching and Coaching with Hummingbird
The focus of the second day is on how to work with teachers to deeply, joyfully, and meaningfully incorporate creative robotics into their curricula. We will expand our use of different programming languages and devices (including laptops, Chromebooks, and tablets), and discuss community outreach and advocacy strategies. Participants will leave with a wider understanding of creative robotics, and with a "menu" of different events and interaction strategies.
Please bring your own device, a Chromebook or laptop with USB port. All experience and knowledge levels welcome!