Special Olympics Unified Robotics is a student-designed and student-implemented robotics program that originated in Washington state. The program brings the world of STEM and the sport of robotics to high school students interested in STEM—including many students who are often excluded from extracurricular activities. Unified Robotics is open to students with and without intellectual disabilities, as well as students with a variety of learning and behavior challenges. The program includes an equal number of participants as robotics team partners to train, strategize, and compete. Team partners work one on one with “athletes” (students with intellectual disabilities) to build robots using LEGO MINDSTORMS kits. Small teams create their own robot, including designing, building, and programming the robot. At a final tournament-style competition, each team presents its robot and the robot’s features, and competes in a game.
Each month we publish several newsletters full of digital learning, funding, professional growth, social media, and STEM resources. Below are the resources from our newsletters that educators turned to the most in the month of July.
The Goldenrod Research Corporation supports hands-on technology in the classroom through its YouthTouch STEM Grant. Hands-on technology education tools bring mathematics and science to life for schools that then become pilot or referral sites for YouthTouch.
Students interested in science concepts such as robotics and bioengineering have a new, freeonline game at their disposal. Arizona State University researchers have released Frankenstein200, a game that uses Mary Shelley’s tale of scientific hubris to get children thinking about such ideas as robotics, bioengineering, and humans’ reasons for creating.