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ERIC Number: EJ960172
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-2158-0502
Seeking Teachers for Underwater Robotics PD Program
McGrath, Beth; Sayres, Jason
Technology and Engineering Teacher, v71 n4 p14-17 Dec 2011-Jan 2012
With funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF), ITEEA members will contribute to the development of a hybrid professional development program designed to facilitate the scale-up of an innovative underwater robotics curriculum. WaterBotics[TM] is an underwater robotics curriculum that targets students in middle and high school classrooms as well as participants in informal learning environments such as summer camps and after-school programs. The curriculum provides hands-on experience with a variety of concepts in physical science, engineering, and information technology and gives students valuable exposure to other 21st century skills, such as problem-solving, teamwork, creativity, and innovation. External evaluation has demonstrated increased student learning of science and engineering concepts as well as increased interest in engineering careers by students who have participated in WaterBotics[TM]. Originally developed by Stevens Institute of Technology through an NSF Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST) grant in 2006-2010, the WaterBotics[TM] curriculum is being disseminated through four hub sites around the country (in Ohio, Texas, Illinois, and Kentucky) that are delivering face-to-face turnkey training institutes for formal and informal educators. In addition, through a partnership with ITEEA, a hybrid training program--which includes a full-day face-to-face workshop and several online modules--will be developed, pilot-tested, and disseminated. The hub site dissemination as well as the partnership with ITEEA is part of a five-year NSF ITEST Scale-Up grant.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Illinois; Kentucky; Ohio; Texas