An enjoyable part of professional development this summer provided an opportunity to have science teachers receive robotics training.
The training was provided thanks to a NASA School District Grant by the Robotics Education & Competition Foundation. The grant includes training, equipment and technical assistance for hosting regional robotics competitions for students.
At the conclusion of the course, teachers and participating students navigated their robots through obstacle mazes and commanded them to perform various tasks. This was a small preparation for what teachers can do with students during the regular school year and the excitement of a robotics competition or demonstration.
Phoenix School of Discovery 11th grader McKenzie Roll was impressed with the experience. “I never drove a robot before,” she said. “It was a lot easier than I thought.”