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It’s Time to Add AI to Your Robotics Competition

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Most industrial robots are preprogrammed or remotely controlled. That’s starting to change with the introduction of artificial intelligence (AI). Some robots operate autonomously and learn to improve task efficiency. When it comes to elementary and secondary school robotics competitions—few involve real AI. However, as Tom explains, the World Artificial Intelligence Competition for Youth is not like other robotics competitions.

The Importance of Understanding Technology, Coding & Computational Thinking

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To many students, technology is still a black box that requires a tech support person to fix, and according to Jamie Beck, this needs to change.  For students to be successful in the future, they need to become competent and confident with technology—and troubleshooting—in various forms.

How STEAM Education Benefits Students At a Young Age

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Every child isn’t inclined to grow up to become a scientist, engineer, or designer, but it’s important every child grows up knowing how to think like one. With STEAM education, schools need to make sure students are ready for many of the challenges they will face, and to create an environment where "Every Student Succeeds" is not just an aspiration.

Using Robots to Teach the 4 Cs to Young Students—Without Screen Time

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By: Kathy Hay. A technology integrator shares how 23 districts in Iowa are promoting STEM learning while limiting the time students spend in front of tablets or laptops.

Helping Students and Teachers Embrace Engineering

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By: Reid Whitaker. Here are five ways to help students — and teachers — overcome a fear of failure and learn to love engineering design.

Top 20 Posts from 2018

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2018 is coming to a close. We're reviewing everything we've learned and experienced this last year in preparation for 2019.

Smart List: 22 Coding and Computer Science Resources

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Fifty-four percent of students say they enjoy programming courses “a lot," but few get to spend much time on it in school. Here are some resources to help.

Helping Every Learner Identify as a “Math Person”

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Recently, Curriculum Associates released a new white paper on culturally responsive classrooms. Included in that guide are four key components necessary to practice “culturally responsive mathematics teaching." Reflecting on these components, understand that there is no such thing as a “math person,” and that high-quality math instruction is key to helping learners shed that perception.

Smart Review | Root Robot

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Mary Ryerse and her son Luke review Root Robot from the perspective of a kid and parent. Here's what they learned from their experience with the “little robot with a lot of possibilities."

Smart Review | Rocket and Piano by Let’s Start Coding

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When we heard Let’s Start Coding had new offerings it was a no-brainer to decide to give them a try. Speaking as a mom, I have probably learned more about coding language from this particular line of products than any others we’ve tried. Learn more here.