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Creative Robotics in Any Classroom

August 1, 2019 - August 2, 2019


Who are trainers: This training is for people of all skill and comfort levels. In two days, you will leave prepared to host your own trainings and events with the Hummingbird Robotics Kit from BirdBrain Technologies in a variety of settings: in a 1 hour workshop, a 6 hour PD day, a demonstration at a staff meeting, or even a Bots and Bev’s open house at your community’s favorite brewery!


What we’ll learn: You will learn to code robotics components like LEDs, motors, and sensors, using programming languages suitable for students in grades 3-12. Then, you’ll learn to combine these robotics components with common craft supplies to make cardboard mechanisms, remote controlled recycled rovers, a Robot Petting Zoo Animal, or even re-enact a scene from Romeo and Juliet. We’ll learn to code and build using laptops, Chromebooks, and iPads/tablets, to serve the needs of every school.


Description of the Days:

Day 1: Design, Build, and Program with Hummingbird

Design, build, and program your own robot using the NEW Hummingbird Bit Robotics Kit and everyday art supplies. This 6-hour introductory workshop is designed for any teacher or technology coach interested in bringing robotics, programming, and design into the classroom. We will provide helpful tips on how you can integrate robotics into any subject area while you create your own working robot. Please bring your own device, a Chromebook or laptop with USB port. All experience and knowledge levels welcome!


Day 2: Teaching and Coaching with Hummingbird

The focus of the second day is on how to work with teachers to deeply, joyfully, and meaningfully incorporate creative robotics into their curricula. We will expand our use of different programming languages and devices (including laptops, Chromebooks, and tablets), and discuss community outreach and advocacy strategies. Participants will leave with a wider understanding of creative robotics, and with a “menu” of different events and interaction strategies. Please bring your own device, a Chromebook or laptop with USB port.


August 1, 2019
August 2, 2019




Illinois Digital Educators Alliance