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Monday, January 18 • 8:30am - 9:30am
1:1 Robotics and Remote Robots, Two Tools for Hybrid and Virtual Environments

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Hybrid and virtual learning environments have created serious challenges to hands-on robotics education, but also inspired creative solutions, such as 1:1 robotics and remote robots. With 1:1 robotics, students take home a robotics kit. This summer, Gwynedd Mercy Academy hosted a virtual robotics camp for middle school girls. When school resumed in hybrid format this fall, freshmen girls completed a unit using Hummingbird Robotics Kits and MakeCode. Every other day, students carried their kits and creations back and forth to school making their hybrid learning fluid and effective.

Remote Robots addresses the scenario where students do not have access to a robotics kit. It is a new technology that allows anyone to code a robot in a beginner-friendly environment that is not located in the same location as them. Together, 1:1 robotics and remote robots provide educators with a toolbox for continuing robotics education.

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Tom Lauwers

Founder and CEO, BirdBrain Technologies LLC
I'm the founder and CEO of BirdBrain Technologies, which makes the Finch Robot and Hummingbird Robotics Kit. Talk to me about computer science, engineering, robotics, physical computing, computational thinking, STEAM, and how to adapt any of these to hybrid or remote learning.

Melinda ONeill

Learning Commons Coordinator, Gwynedd Mercy Academy High School

Monday January 18, 2021 8:30am - 9:30am EST