Several area teachers are at RAMTECohio in Marion this week learning how to introduce robotics to elementary, middle school and high school students through engaging, hands-on activities. Several young people have joined them for the camp.
Leading the instruction is Jeff Branson, educational outreach coordinator at SparkFun Electronics, along with his wife, Beverly Ball, a welding/art teacher and founder of TinkerBelles, an all-girls maker club.
Monday, July 27 the camp kicked off with a “teachers only” session. Then days 2 and 3, students joined the teachers. The last day will conclude with another “teachers only” session.
The camp is sponsored through Straight A and Honda grants. Its goal is to add art to the STEM curriculum and interest students as young as third grade.
Teachers learned new technology, how to engage students and present material. Students learned programming, problem solving, mathematical thinking, and had the opportunity to challenge themselves while participating in group activities. They even learned how to do origami.
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