Exploring Robotics provides a K-12 Robotics Pathway of Courses with hands-on robots and makerspace kits, STEM curricula, PD, and support for teachers. We critically choose the best robots and MakerSpace kits for classroom use, develop curriculum lessons aligned to standards, and provide turn-key packages of products and services tailored to meet the STEM goals of schools (public and private). Every curriculum includes activities, coding, real-world challenges, engineering design, and classroom competitions. Standards-aligned courses provide scaffolded coding opportunities for every grade. As authorized resellers of many STEM kits (including Dash, Ozobot, Cubelets, Cue, Boe-Bot, Scribbler, mBot, Codey-Rocky, Ultimate, GrovePi, Go-Pi-Go, and littleBits), we know robots. This means that teachers can rely on our tech-savvy team for both instructional and technical support.
We believe robots and STEM labs are great for generating curiosity and teaching 21st Century Skills: engineering design, creativity, collaboration, communication, critical thinking and computational thinking. A rigorous curriculum with examples of career opportunities can inspire every student with an interest to pursue a STEM career! We also support home schools and after school programs with curriculum that is easy to use, engaging, and requires no background in engineering to teach.
We bring engaging, rugged robots into the classroom and after school enrichment programs where all students can learn coding and Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM) concepts with fun robots. Students are excited to learn coding with robots, and follow the engineering design process as they use PBL and makerspace kits to invent and develop real-world solutions to societal problems.
The robots, makespace kits, and Easy to Teach STEM Curriculum can be used in multiple classes per day in Elementary and Secondary schools, as fits with the school academic schedule, and also used in after school STEM enrichment programs. The curriculum is online and the license is per STEM lab (only number of students signing in, not all students in the school). This provides flexibility for scheduling and substantial savings when compared to other STEM programs.
Every curriculum includes coding lessons aligned to standards, and teachers can choose lessons to focus on particular math or science topics. Utilizing an inquiry-based format built on the Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate, Evaluate (5E) lesson model, students explore STEM through hands-on, applied technology and project-based learning (PBL). When students have completed this robotics STEM pathway, they are more likely to sign up for CTE programs in IT, STEM, and Engineering and are better prepared for STEM college and career options.
Elementary (K-5) teachers teach STEM Units in science, math or in a STEM learning lab or makerspace.
A STEM Unit of lessons includes cross-curricula activities and performance tasks. The robots are pre-assembled which means it is fast to get started, and easy to move them from one class to another. Students get into coding activities sooner, and all students are engaged in learning while having fun. This program will vary across districts based on rotation and number of students at the elementary school. Accessory kits provide everything needed to complete the lessons: batteries, chargers, math tools, drawing/art tools, and science tools. Storage carts and charging stations are additional options to consider.
Enhance STEM efforts by building instruction into the core academic classes or creating an elective class (CTE, STEM, Science, Math, CS, or Engineering) that matches a career pathway or small learning community. Coding is integrated into each course, and students gain progressively more complex skills as they advance. The self-paced online lessons can be integrated into the regular teaching day for Physical Science or Math. Another option is for students to rotate through a designated learning lab throughout the day and visit the lab and its instructor as an elective class.
Administrators appreciate the excellent Professional Development and support provided to teachers .
Teachers don't have to figure it out on their own. Tech-savvy PD facilitators help with the hard stuff: getting started, setting up technology, lesson plans to fit schedules, introducing engineering and coding. Video conference sessions in 2 to 3 hrs are easy to schedule. Additionally, the online lessons provide videos and step-by-step instructions for both teachers and students to learn coding and engineering at their own pace. The comprehensive curriculum makes these courses easy to teach and we believe any enthusiastic teacher or media specialist can do it, with our support.
"I am extremely impressed with the curriculum design(ease of navigation and pertinent information) and tangible applications of electronics into the BoeBot Robot program! The students will learn the basics and fundamentals of electronic components, hardware, programming and also apply that knowledge almost instantaneously.
I am also 110% satisfied with the availability and amount of support offered! This is by far one of the most thought out and in depth programs I have experienced!"
E. Shotts, Warren County Schools
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