Sunday, January 31, 2016

Cubelets Explore the Halls of Richmond Elementary School

Students at RES have been having a great time with the Cubelets.  Last week a small group of first graders read about robots during their reading group.  They also had a chance to explore Cubelets as they filmed a series of shorts demonstrations of Cubelets in action throughout the halls of RES.  From the enrichment room, to the art room, the cafeteria and the gym....Cubelets were seen traveling our halls. At each stop classrooms, teachers and staff all watched our robot friend in action. Below is a quick 'movie trailer' of the Cubelets visiting RES.

We were also lucky to have Cubelets during our after school Coding enrichment class this month.  Twenty students in grades K -4 worked together to understand the connection between coding and robots.  Cubelets were a chance for students to see the direct result of changing inputs on the outputs as they built, and rebuilt their robot. This exploration was open ended and FUN!

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We are so grateful to the Vermont Robot Rodeo for this opportunity!
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Thursday, January 28, 2016

Champlain Elementary school dash and dot

Are friend is interacting with dash

Champlain Elementary dash and dot

LittleBits Champlain Elementary

Our friends have been using LittleBits and have made a beeper machine!

Champlain Elementary School!

We are experimenting with Makey Makey, LittleBits and our sphere superstars dash and dot!!

SPRK Name Voting begins at Mill River UHS

So far, Bert is leading the pack (the sign says "We vote for Bert!")!

Sphero SPRK arrives at Mill River UHS!

Champlain elementary school

Having with dash!!

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Champlain Elementary in Burlington Dig Dash & Dot

Dash & Dot arrived safely to our school and students jumped right into coding them to perform stunts in the Path app.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Fourth grade fun with Ollie at Orchard School.

A VERY Speedy Ollie!

These Orchard School fourth graders programmed Ollie to speed through the simple course. I wish we could have clocked it!

Marlboro meets BB-8 at All School Sing

BB-8 had some sort of adventure before he arrived at Marlboro Elementary School a few weeks ago - he lost his head! When a replacement head finally arrived, the entire student body was introduced to their special guest at our weekly all-school-sing. There is a lot of buzz about what we will be able to do with BB-8.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Watch Ollie Move Through a Simple Course!

Fifth graders at Orchard School in South Burlington are learning SO much by using the Tickle app to program Ollie. Here's a video of one of the successful programs:

Friday, January 22, 2016

RES Students Explore Cubelets

RES students have been enjoying the opportunity to explore using the Cubelets that we received as part of the Vermont Robot Rodeo. These magnetic blocks each have a different function and can be combined in many ways. We have not yet named the robot, as there are so many ways to use it!  Stay tuned for more updates.  

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Cubelets Arrive at RES

Richmond Elementary School students were excited to receive our Cubelet robot today as part of our participation in the Vermont Robot Rodeo!  The first enrichment class of the day opened our new learning tool and then several classes throughout the day explored the possibilities for building and creating. We are excited to continue this exploration and several classroom teachers are thinking of ways to connect more learning this month.
Have you heard of Cubelets?  Do you have any questions for us? Do you have ideas of what we should build? We would love to share our learning so leave a comment and connect with us!

Monday, January 11, 2016

Robots Arriving This Week

Super excited to announce that all Robots have left for their journey to Vermont Schools.

You can start doing a little research about your robot while you wait.
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Start exploring your robot!  Get to now its personality and potential.  Name it!
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