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Academics Sales Manager at Aldebaran Robotics

The dancing robot that Tvan

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The dancing robot that Tvan mentioned is "NAO" created by Aldebaran Robotics. NAO is fully programmable allowing students investigate robotics, programming language, and the creation of dances!

Technology Director and Curriculum Designer

I agree with you Mark!

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I agree with you Mark! Robotic classes offer students with critical thinking and collaborating skills. When students learn to work and collaborate together, they are capable to processing information faster and learn from one another. Teachers become mentors who guide students to their right paths.

I think robots could be used

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I think robots could be used in the arts as well! Just off the top of my head: Dancing robots that are choreographed according to music. Actually, I just found a video on it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n8-SSwKMGnY

gifted grades 4 and 5

Great article, thank you for

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Great article, thank you for posting it. for the past 7 years i have been teaching an enrichment unit from Sept. to jan. using Lego Mindstorms with 4th grade students. I added an energy component to it where the students also learn about renewable and non-renewable energy sources. The students love robotics and are engaged in learning and problem solving every class period. A few years ago i wrote a grant for WeDo robotics kits and got them for our 3rd grade enrichment students. There are so many interdisciplinary activities in the WeDo program that there isn't enough time to do it all. Love robotics!

Education Consultant

Thank you for posting this,

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Thank you for posting this, Mark. What an exciting topic! I haven't spent much time using robotics in the classroom, but I think it's a great way to encourage STEM learning and ignite students natural curiosity/desire to learn.

As a music teacher, I'm wondering what cross-curricular opportunities this type of learning can have. It seems that building these robots can be somewhat of an art. In fact, I would argue that there is a huge creative element to the process, including music, storytelling, drama, and design. So, how do we use robotics in the classroom to turn STEM into STEAM?

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