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Education Robotics for K-8

About the Session

Robots are here to stay.

We live in a world where robots are present in every industry and continue to become a routine and valuable part of our daily lives. Being able to make robots do what we want them to do can be a very handy and lucrative skill. In this session you may discover ways to incorporate robots and/or robotics concepts into your own classroom.

Fortunately, when it comes to robot programming, we do NOT have to worry about robots violating the 3-Laws of Robotics (Isaac Asimov, I, Robot, 1950), Yet.

Key Takeaways

It all becomes “Prior Knowledge”
Every grade level plays a role in increasing a student’s ability to be a critical and logical thinker.

Coding Possibilities
Quick and practical application of basic coding.
Overview of a few coding apps for K-8 applications that are very user friendly.
Robotics kits?

With so many choices, what should I purchase?
How much will it cost?
Funding possibilities.

Q/A
Opportunity to share resources.
What has worked for you?

About the Speaker

Flagship Ad Astra Technology Summit Speaker Brad Moritz

Brad Moritz

Hays Middle School, Technology Teacher
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Brad Moritz

Hays Middle School, Technology Teacher

Hays Middle School, Technology Teacher
B.S. – Metropolitan State, Denver Co.
M.S. – Instructional Technology (FHSU), Hays Ks.

As a STEM teacher, at Hays Middle School (Hays Kansas), Brad Moritz has been incorporating robots into his curriculum for 26 years. Students program prebuilt robots in 7 th grade Exploratory Technology class to solve coding challenges. In his 8th grade Robotics and Engineering class students design, build and program robots to solve specific real-world problems.

In addition to robotics in the classroom:

  • Brad sponsors the After School Robotics Program that regularly enrolls 60+ participants.
  • Teaches a Summer Robotics camp at Fort Hays State University for 3rd to 7th graders.
  • Hosts and teaches an annual teacher workshop (FHSU/NASA grant) where participants receive and learn to use a LEGO Spike Prime Robotics Kit.
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