The Botball Educational Robotics Program engages middle school and high school students in a team-oriented robotics competition and serves as a way to meet the Next Generation Science and Common Core Standards. By exposing students to an inquiry-based, learn-by-doing activity, Botball addresses the nation’s need for a well-prepared, creative, yet disciplined workforce with leadership and teamwork experience. In February and March, the Botball Educator Workshops will provide team leaders and mentors with technology training and introduce the details of this year’s game. Then, after a build period of about seven weeks, students bring their robots to a regional tournament to compete against other students in the current season’s game challenge. Students use science, technology, engineering, math, and writing skills to design, build, program, and document their robots in a hands-on project that reinforces their learning. Botball is a program of the KISSInstitute for Practical Robotics (KIPR). The registration fee includes the team leaders’ workshops, robotics equipment, and more. KIPR offers a limited number of team scholarships in the form of a fee waiver.
LEGO Education’s new SPIKE Prime Set is a STEAM learning tool for students in grades 6–8. Combining colorful LEGO building elements, easy-to-use hardware, and an intuitive drag-and-drop coding language based on Scratch, SPIKE Prime continuously engages students through playful learning activities to think critically and solve complex problems, regardless of their learning level.
Designed by Root Robotics, Root is a fun and easy-to-use educational robot that teaches coding, creativity, and problem-solving skills to students, from prereaders through high school. The robot bumps, hears, moves, draws, scans, climbs, reacts, and sees, helping students learn, play, and explore using their imagination.