NextGen Education and Research Robotics Virtual Summit

The NextGen Education and Research Robotics Virtual Summit will take place 10am-5pm EST on March 10, 2011. The virtual event will focus on the implementation of robotics to accelerate learning in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) among K-12 and college-level students. The free conference is ideal for educators, government representatives, robotics solution providers, integrators, hobbyists, researchers, and scientists.

Robotics Virtual Summit Sessions

VEX Robotics and STEM Education
The VEX Robotics Design System has been the apparatus of choice for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education programs because of its affordability, accessibility and scalability. From remedial math education to being the system of choice for a comprehensive, project-based engineering curriculum educators around the world continue to prove that VEX is key to their STEM education programs successes. Success of current and future STEM education programs will depend on collaboration between equipment suppliers, such as VEX, and educators around the world. VEX Robotics is continually seeking education partners, big and small, to figure out how robotics could play a part in their STEM efforts.

Using Robotics to Teach Engineering in the K-12 Classroom
Over the last 15 years, Tufts has become one of the players in the new field of engineering education research though its Center for Engineering Education and Outreach (CEEO). The CEEO involves professors from many of the engineering disciplines as well as from Arts and Sciences, a lot of students, and companies from LEGO to Google (and even Pixar at one point), all aimed at teaching engineering to everyone – from kindergartners to college students. They work with LEGO on the development of their LEGO Mindstorms product line, with National Instruments on their LabVIEW for High School product, and with Klutz books and others on teaching with stop action movies. This talk will present an overview of some of the research that happens at the Center . The results of LEGO engineering from students on almost every continent will also be shown.

Robots in Education – Bridging the Gap
The phrase “students learn by doing” is especially true in today’s world. Bringing robots into the classroom lets kids “do” science, technology, engineering, and math. Besides learning mathematical and computational ideas, students also learn to work together, think creatively and solve problems. Robots engage kids by providing real world interaction that they can control, create and customize. Robots bridge the gap between hands-on activities and abstract concepts typically found in technical curricula. Today’s wide range and low cost of sensors, actuators and microcontrollers coupled with easy to learn visual programming languages enable students to explore advanced concepts. This talk will focus on how robots are being used in New Zealand education to stimulate innovation and develop tomorrow’s workforce.

Evolution of Open Robotics Platform
Lloyd Spencer and Dan Kara of CoroWare will make a presentation on robotics trends.

Virtual Fireside Chat
Attendees can chat live with Dr. Dennis Hong, Associate Professor at Virginia Tech

Robotics Summit Virtual Conference Series: NextGen Education & Research