Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a golden ticket to STEM education? Something
that incorporated science, technology, math, and the most elusive of all,
engineering? What if it could be applied as part of a lesson, as a class on its
own, or as an after-school club? Sound too good to be true? It’s not. The golden
ticket is robotics. It’s hard to find a better way to teach STEM education. And
the best part is it’s hands on, multidisciplinary, collaborative, an authentic
learning experience, and engaging! LEGO Robotics has exploded in popularity, but
despite the obvious benefits, many educators are hesitant to begin a program in
their school because it seems challenging. Mark Gura has written this book to
encourage you to give robotics a try.
Although starting a robotics program may seem like a daunting task, Gura
brings together the information you need and presents it in a manageable,
organized way so that you learn what LEGO Robotics is, what student activities
look like, how to begin, how to manage a class, how robotics relate to
standards, and much more. Gura concludes with more than a dozen interviews with
educators, trainers, and even a student, so you can receive first-hand advice
and recommendations. After reading this book you will be on your way to
introducing your students to LEGO Robotics activities and competitions!
- A comprehensive introduction to LEGO Robotics, from a description of the
materials to advice on classroom setup and curricular integration.
- Recommendations for implementing LEGO Robotics—as a FIRST LEGO League
team, an extracurricular club, or a class.
- An appendix with more than 100 resources including links to materials.
- Information on getting started, videos, and more.
About the Author
Mark Gura has been an educator for more than three decades.
He works with Touro College, Fordham University, and other organizations to
promote the use of technology to provide highly motivating, relevant activities
for students. Gura's books include Visual Arts Units for All Levels and Getting
Started with LEGO Robotics.