Robotics & Engineering Education – Sharing Instructional Experiences & Results

As presenters at the 19th Annual Virginia Children’s Engineering Convention – the largest elementary engineering conference (for teachers) in the country – we thoroughly enjoyed sharing our instructional experiences and student performance results, specifically in Robotics & Engineering Education, as S.T.E.M. teachers at Allendale Columbia School in Rochester, NY. Our focus was on the transformative impact of robotics as well as with Developing a K–5 Continuum of Real World, Engineering Education with Robotics.

We enjoyed sharing highlights of our instructional techniques and teaching pedagogy with providing a systematic and comprehensive approach to developing S.T.E.M. Fluency and Strategic Innovation.  We provided demonstrations on our Project-Based Learning (PBL) Tasks our S.T.E.M. Team has developed with repurposing robotics systems and electronic components for designing interactive structures and smart robots programmed with sensors and actuators.  Providing an authentic context of real-world, problem-solving including Design Thinking & Prototyping with implementing Iterative Development and Testing was also demonstrated. Throughout our presentation, we also shared the remarkable results of our Elementary grade level students in their third year of our Robotics & Engineering classes with successfully introducing higher-level robotics and engineering systems typically taught at the Middle and even High School levels. As we also shared, our students at Allendale Columbia keep us, their S.T.E.M. teachers, challenged with continually developing new and innovative learning experiences in real world, Robotics & Engineering Education!

We have also been invited to (again) specifically present on our S.T.E.M. students’ real world, robotics & engineering learning experiences at two upcoming conferences within the next several weeks: the New York State Technology and Engineering Educator’s AssociationNYSTEEA Annual Conference as well as for the Science Teachers Association of New York State  STANYS Spring into Science with S.T.E.M. Conference.

Our AC S.T.E.M. students truly make us proud!!!