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Three steps to developing an engaging summer school curriculum

Three steps to developing an engaging summer school curriculum eSchool News, 3/27/2018 Summer school challenges educators to adjust their approaches on teaching to engage students whose yearly performances necessitated extra help. Dr. Gregory Firn of RoboKind has developed three key steps to consider while developing a unique, engaging summer school curriculum for the students who need it most.

The robot that’s teaching kids to code

The robot that’s teaching kids to code App Developer Magazine, 3/22/2018 Jett started school this week to teach students in Texas and New Jersey the critical skills needed to ignite a lasting interest in STEM – without requiring teachers to change a single lesson plan. App Developer Magazine highlights how Jett tackles one of the biggest challenges in STEM education, and ultimately the workplace, while providing quotes from educators implementing robots4STEM into their curriculums.

STEM Robot Launches: Jett Goes to School to Teach Elementary Students Coding – Right Out of the Box

 Helps teachers go high tech with plug-and-play robot/avatar-based curriculum   DALLAS – March 21, 2018 – Jett, the coding and programming robot designed for students of all ages, started school this week. The 22-inch-tall, 12-pound interactive learning companion is already teaching students in Texas and New Jersey the critical skills needed to ignite a lasting interest in STEM – without requiring teachers to change a single lesson plan.   Jett gives students the thrill of teaching their own robot to walk, wave and smile. “robots4STEM is showing kids the future of education, not just the boring stuff,” said Tonya Haddox, principal at Cedar Hill ISD Middle School in Cedar Hill, Texas. “It’s hands on and interactive, and they’re getting to do real-world things.”   Jett directly tackles one of the biggest challenges in STEM education, and ultimately the workplace: the critical shortage of...

RoboKind hires National Sales Manager to help drive strategy, growth

Scott Murphy joins RoboKind to further develop robots4STEM program DALLAS – Jan. 22, 2018 – RoboKind, a leading learning company providing advanced, facially expressive social robots, announced today the hiring of Scott Murphy, National Sales Manager, to help execute new business opportunities and growth for RoboKind’s robots4STEM (R4S) initiative. robots4STEM offers all children, regardless of gender or ethnicity, an opportunity for unlimited access to learning through a foundational coding and programming experience. Murphy will spearhead U.S. sales activities and assist in bringing the comprehensive, inclusive curriculum to elementary schools around the nation. Murphy joins RoboKind after nearly a decade of success in the education sector, where he served as executive, regional executive, and senior executive director for Academic Partnerships, a program that assists faculty in...

Personalized Learning: Modest Gains, Big Challenges, RAND Study Finds

Personalized learning plans are one of the more recent trends in education. Whether it is a helpful or positive trend, however, is in question. According to a recent RAND Corporation study, the answer to that is “maybe”.  With funding being provided by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the study is one of several conducted over a multi-year period by the RAND Corporation, a nonprofit organization that researches and develops new solutions to public policy challenges. On paper, the concept of personalized learning plans seems to make sense: simply match students’ preferences and individual pace with personalized learning environments. In practice, however, there can be some snags. In the most recent study, 40 schools and their principals, teachers, and students were surveyed about personalized learning. The schools using personalized learning plans had difficulty offering a variety...

GM CEO Cites Need for More Coders

Mary Barra, CEO of General Motors (GM), has a front-row seat to witness the growing need for employees trained in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). Advancements in technology make today’s cars far more complex than ever before and with that complexity comes the need for an ever-increasing labor force trained to meet the challenge. Demand is rising for skilled labor, but schools are not producing nearly enough candidates to fill these needs. GM automobiles contain the typical materials of steel, rubber, and glass, creating a substantial need for scientists and engineers who are capable of finding more efficient ways to use these raw materials in the production of cars. However, GM founder William C. Durant never envisioned the modern necessity of using computer coding to improve every aspect of automobile design and manufacturing. Barra explained in a recent CNN...

Girl Scouts Add Badges to Encourage STEM Exposure

The Girl Scouts have added 23 new badges that include 15 related to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) in an effort to encourage girls to pursue careers in related fields. Girl Scout STEM badges are awarded for coding, website design, robotics, designing model race cars, and much more. Girl Scout CEO Sylvia Acevedo has a unique interest in STEM education for girls as she really was a ‘rocket scientist’ in the past when she worked for Jet Propulsion Laboratories. Sylvia Acevedo became the permanent CEO of Girl Scouts in May, and is determined to address “the lack of exposure many girls have to STEM” in many places across the country. Over the next two years, the badges will be available to girls from Kindergarten all the way through 12th grade. According to the STEM page on girlscouts.org, these programs tap into the natural tendency of girls to “look at the world...

Manor ISD Introduces Advanced Robot for Summer STEM Program

Manor ISD, a small community just east of Austin, Texas, has adopted a unique approach for their Summer STEM program. Partnering with Robokind, a Dallas technology company, Manor used Jett, an advanced robot, to teach children in the STEM Summer Camp about coding. Robots4Autism is recognized as an industry leader in the implementation of robotic technology to help students, particularly those with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Milo, the robot, is a highly advanced robot designed to interact with children who have been diagnosed with autism. The heart of Robokind, and mission of Robots4Autism, is to help all children, and they have leveraged the success of Milo to create a unique and fun education platform to teach children coding. In addition to the robot, RoboKind designed a virtual environment to support and expand Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) programs...

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