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Transcript of NXT Generation
It's Not Science Fiction Anymore
42 schools - 6 high, 6 middle, 6 intermediate, 22 elementary, Career Tech Academy, and alternative campus
Experience + Alignment MISD Strategic Plan
Site visit to Denton ISD
Pilot at Willie Brown Elementary in 2011-12 school year
Training for Tech Apps teachers
Phase 1: $90,000
LEGO Education Smart Schools Grant
Technology Development matched funds
MISD Education Foundation Grant
264 WeDo sets and resource packs (12 sets and packs at all 22 elementary campuses)
102 NXT Mindstorms Sets
5 sets and resource packs @ 14 elementary schools
8 sets and resource packs @ 4 secondary campuses
After-School Robotics Clubs
Technology Team Building/Training
Meetings with secondary principals and sponsors
Elementary Principal Demonstration
2 days of initial training in April and May with LEGO trainers
2 days of follow-up training in October
Ben Barber Career Tech Academy
Fighting Pickles and Crusading Cucumbers robotics students serve as mentors
Robotics Clinic in November
Construction class built 18 robotics tables
My Big Campus
Used to communicate and collaborate, share ideas and resources, store documents
Started as pilot in September 2011
24 students (4th Grade)
Competed in TCEA Area 10/11 Contest
Get started early!
Register for competitions and order mats as soon as they are available
Read the rules CAREFULLY!
Application & Essay
Must maintain good citizenship and grades (80 or above)
Competitions . . . just do it!
Get parents involved
Set expectations and rules
YouTube is your best friend
Open to upcoming 4th graders
Profit used to purchase additional kits
Gives you a headstart!
Integrate core subjects into Technology Applications courses
District Tech Apps Curriculum
2nd Grade Science - Biomes
3rd Grade Science - Simple Machines
Expand program to all elementary, intermediate, and middle schools by Fall 2013
Challenge - finding (and keeping) sponsors
Participation in Junior FLL at several campuses
Curriculum integration into secondary science
Bots & Tots Program
District competition in May
Additional funding through corporate sponsors
"This was one of the most engaging teacher development classes I have ever taken. What some of us loved the most is that this was fun for girls too! We usually think of boys when we think robots. This would be a great way to infuse technology into the classroom."
- Kathy Moore
"Robotics rock! The students would benefit greatly from experimenting with robotics from younger students on up. It covers a lot of the TEKS and beyond."
- Kathleen Hunter
"The Robotics Training was awesome! This is an excellent way to incorporate Math, Science and even Language Arts with technology! All we need is $$ so our students can explore to world of robotics."
- D'Lynn Chaney
You need to know everything about robotics.
You need to know more than your students.
You need a math/engineering mind.
You need to know everything about competitions.
Your students need to be Gifted & Talented.
Boys are better than girls at robotics.