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Ashbrook, Peggy – Science and Children, 2017
This column discusses resources and science topics related to students in grades preK to 2. This month's issue discusses how digital media and robotics fit into the early childhood curriculum, and how time on devices supports learning goals and developmentally appropriate practice.
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Technology Uses in Education, Educational Technology, Technology Integration
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Bell, Tara C.; McGill, Tara A. W. – Science and Children, 2014
The lesson described herein is the result of a partnership between a teacher and an entomologist brought together by a National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded grant that paired teachers and researchers to impact K-12 STEM education through partnership and innovation. This collaboration resulted in five lessons featuring live insects such as…
Descriptors: Entomology, Partnerships in Education, Lesson Plans, Safety Education
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Burton, Bill – Science and Children, 2014
In order to prepare students to become the next innovators, teachers need to provide real-world challenges that allow children to exercise their innovation muscles. Innovation starts with a problem and innovators work to solve a problem by planning, creating, and testing. The real-world innovation process does not happen on a worksheet, and it…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Engineering, Robotics, Elementary School Science
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Murray, Jenny; Bartelmay, Kathy – Science and Children, 2005
Can second-grade students construct an understanding of sophisticated science processes and explore physics concepts while creating their own inventions? Yes! Students accomplished this and much more through a month-long project in which they used Legos and Robolab, the Lego computer programing software, to create their own inventions. One…
Descriptors: Grade 2, Workshops, Educational Technology, Teaching Methods
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Clark, Lisa J. – Science and Children, 2002
Introduces a project for elementary school students in which students build a robot by following instructions and then write a computer program to run their robot by using LabView graphical development software. Uses ROBOLAB curriculum which is designed for grade levels K-12. (YDS)
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Elementary Education, Hands on Science, Problem Based Learning
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Brannon, Frank – Science and Children, 1997
Presents activities for K-4 students that explore two areas of body mechanics--bones and joints--with an emphasis on the human hand. Relates knowledge of how the body functions to comparable examples in robotics such as the "hand" of the Canadarm of the space shuttle. Activities are geared for students in pairs. (AIM)
Descriptors: Anatomy, Cooperative Learning, Elementary Education, Experiential Learning
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Lottero-Perdue, Pamela; Grabia, Kathryn; Sandifer, Cody – Science and Children, 2017
In a kindergarten classroom, exclamations like "Oh no!" may be causes for concern. However, when the students in Mrs. Grabia's classroom shouted "Oh no!" and "Uh oh!" during an engineering-infused 5E lesson, it meant that a persistent little robot had pushed its way out of the fences they had created. It also meant…
Descriptors: Elementary School Science, Engineering, Kindergarten, Teaching Methods
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Gillman, Joan – Science and Children, 2013
To capture students' excitement and engage their interest in rocketships and visiting planets in the solar system, the author designed lessons that give students the opportunity to experience the joys and challenges of developing straw rockets, and then observing which design can travel the longest distance. The lessons are appropriate for…
Descriptors: Astronomy, Lesson Plans, Grade 4, Grade 5
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Buckland, Miram R. – Science and Children, 1985
Sixth graders built working "robots" (or grasping bars) for remote control use during a unit on simple mechanics. Steps for making a robot are presented, including: cutting the wood, drilling and nailing, assembling the jaws, and making them work. The "jaws," used to pick up objects, illustrate principles of levers. (DH)
Descriptors: Elementary Education, Elementary School Science, Intermediate Grades, Mechanical Equipment
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Pace, Glennellen; Larson, Connie – Science and Children, 1992
Discusses a child-centered science project in which first-grade students integrate design drawing, construction, mathematics, and language arts to solve engineering problems related to constructing robots. Describes the construction of the robots, follow-up activities, and educational research that supports this approach to teaching. (10…
Descriptors: Cooperative Learning, Design, Grade 1, Integrated Activities