To our valued Customers and Vendors,
Oregon has been ravaged by fires this week. Our local friends, families and customer's homes & businesses have been and continue to be ravaged by these horrific fires. Homes have been lost. Businesses have been destroyed and families have been displaced. Our fire and law enforcement officers have worked tirelessly over the past few days to ensure the safety of our neighbors and we could not be more grateful for their efforts.
Interactive Media Publishing, located in Phoenix, Oregon was one of the businesses in the line of this fire and has been destroyed. At this time we are unable to assess the damage done. As we navigate these times we are reminded of what is profoundly important and that is to remain safe as we attempt to slowly re-build our business.
To our valued customers, unfortunately we will not be able to fulfill orders at this time. We will only be able to drop ship orders from our vendors and will update our website at www.exploringrobots.com when we are able to do so.
The Interactive Media Publishing Team
K-12 CS/STEM Lab Stations
What is a STEM Lab? It's like a science lab but without all the custom equipment and special benches. It's where students do hands-on learning. Create a STEM lab in the back of a class, an old computer lab, a library, a cafeteria, or anywhere you have tables and chairs. Or at home; provide a student lab station in a plastic box for easy transport paired with online self-paced lessons.
CS/STEM Lab Stations are ready-to-go, turn-key STEM programs that include online Curriculum with printed Teacher Guide books, coding Apps, robots, spare parts, charging stations, plastic storage boxes with math tools, art materials, and accessories to complete hands-on activities and in-class competitions. Students can work alone or in teams of 2 to 3. Purchase one Teacher Station and enough Student Stations to fit each class size. Use with existing Chromebooks, Tablets, laptops, or we can provide robot controllers ;-)
CS/STEM Lab Stations are great for classrooms, after school, makerspaces, camps, clubs, online learning and homeschool; with customized lesson plans for each. Teachers (or parents) don't have to be an expert in coding or engineering, those are included as step-by-step instruction. Lessons integrate math, science, technology, and coding with fun robots and hands-on activities. Ready to implement modular lesson plans aligned to standards provide 40+hrs of lessons, follow the 5-E model with 15 to 25 minute activities, videos, slides, handouts, worksheets, and assessments. Teachers are supported with personalized PD and technical support throughout the term.
PD and Support for Teachers
Teachers need more than just robots. Science and Math teachers can integrate coding and engineering into classrooms, but only when they have the background knowledge, pedagogy and are supported with coaching sessions and integrated STEM lessons. PD and coaching is now available for educators on how to setup and conduct CS/STEM online courses.
Exploring Robotics professional learning sessions help teachers collaborate together to create projects where robots and drones are used to engage students. Engineering design and computer science concepts are introduced along with project based learning (PBL) and the inquiry method of teaching. Tips are provided for how to organize classrooms, encourage group collaboration, and use the 5E model to teach science concepts.
Professional learning sessions are in a blended format that is easy to schedule; using 1 to 2 hr live video chat and online resources. Teachers experience learning as students and walk away with ready to implement integrated STEM lessons and projects to apply science, math, and ELA in real-world scenarios with a robot or drone.
K-12 Coding and STEM Pathway
Your school can offer a complete online STEM K-12 Pathway, or fill in the gaps for grades that don't currently have STEM or coding solutions with Exploring Robotics Units in K-5 and Elective Courses in 6-12. One online course can often meet CTE requirements, CS K-12 requirements, plus the Physical Science and Engineering requirements for many states.
Each grade can have hands-on STEM labs that integrate the CSTA-K12 and NGSS standards into science and math with projects. These robots, drones, and STEM kits are rugged for classroom use and have apps to fit the level of computer science concepts for each grade.
This STEM pathway provides a progression of computer science and engineering design concepts. The lessons have been aligned to grade level math and science standards, to make it easier to implement as supplemental materials.
Boe Shield-Bot robot avoids obstacles, follows bots, runs mazes. Teach C coding, electronics, robotics. 9th-12th grade online student lessons and teacher guide. For homeschool or teacher trial.