Many wonderful teaching opportunities are often left out when we jump straight to coding robots. There is a world of science and math that makes these robots possible. There is an equal amount of math and science in how we use them. I will show you how to use the Sphero robot when teaching various math and science concepts. I am using Sphero because it doesn’t need to be assembled. It also provides a good starting point. The concepts taught with Sphero are a good starting point for other concepts.
Integrating technology into the curriculum doesn’t have to be an elaborate process. In this issue I take the mBot and use it to teach basic science and math concepts. All we need is a few basic lines of code for the robot.
The mBot from Makeblock is a robot ideal for learning STEAM concepts. STEAM refers to Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math. STEAM is an extension of STEM with the inclusion of Arts. I like to include Research to form STREAM. Research incorporates reading and writing. It also includes vocabulary and academic language.