I teach K-12 technology in a small rural school district. Many of the students I teach are extremely interested in technology. However, our location sometimes limits our access to the latest and greatest in technological advances. I work alongside classroom teachers to open the minds of our students concerning technology and how it can and will impact their futures.
Our elementary students are hungry for knowledge concerning everything technology; coding, robotics, future readiness.
We are working hard to feed that hunger as best we can. Technology will only continue to advance, and I want our students to have every opportunity to be part of those advancements. There is a digital divide that sometimes separates urban and rural students, and we are working hard to close that gap.
Many of our students are very interested in technology, robotics, coding, and even space! At a conference I recently attended, I received one complimentary Sphero RVR programmable robot. It is amazing! This robot, which resembles some sort of Mars Rover, can be coded and has built in sensors (light, color, etc.). As a K-12 technology teacher, I would love to visit many classrooms and lead an activity to mimic robotic space exploration.
With a second Sphero RVR, this project would be much more successful and would allow more students hands-on experience when coding the robot.
I think this will be a project that students will never forget. Furthermore, it will encourage collaboration and critical thinking - which are excellent skills for future space explorers!
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