Monday, December 12, 2016

Dash and Dot visit Newbury Elementary

Dash & Dot have visited with every K-2 class during Library  at Newbury Elementary School, and our 3/4 Owls are working especially hard on a backstory and programming that shares our school’s vision and mission with the next schools the robots visit.

The Owls have named the robots Harmony (Dash) and Nature Rocks (Dot) and are programming them to share Newbury’s vision of World Peace and mission of Harmony with Self, Others, and Nature. They are also working on explaining our behavior program, ROCKS (Respect,Ownership, Citizenship, Kindness, and Safety).  

The Kindergarteners created a basic storyboard for Dash and then partnered with students from older grades to do the programming. It was wonderful to see the multi-age collaboration and problem solving at work!

Over the next two weeks, we are hoping that the 5th and 6th graders will have time to program Dash and Dot to share “A Christmas Carol.” Our 3-6 grades are attending a production of that play this week. Hopefully, we won’t have any more snow days!



Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Vermont Robot Rodeo Report makes it into Horizon Report 2016

So excited that the Vermont Robot Rodeo Project made it into the  2016 COSN Horizon Report K12 Edition  as Examples of Robotics in Practice!

From the 2016 COSN Horizon Report K12 Edition   on page 41

Robotics in Practice The following links provide examples of robotics in use that have direct implications for K-12 education settings:

It's a short blurb,  
Vermont Robot Rodeo 

Fifty schools across Vermont are participating in the inaugural Vermont Robot Rodeo. Participants can test out a cadre of robots, share best practices and learning strategies, swap robots for various projects, and learn coding basics.