Friday, 3 February 2017

CODE Robotics Launch 2017 at NPSS

On February 2, teachers from schools across the SCDSB came together to continue our learning about the impact of classroom-integrated robotics on the development of 21st century competencies and STEAM education. An overview of our day: slides with agenda and resources and a summary of Tweets.

Learning Together
Our day kicked off with a workshop facilitated by Logics Academy, during which teachers built and programmed a Lego EV3 robot. See more EV3 resources here.

Through discussion, we shared ideas for robot management, resources, solutions for challenges and ideas for moving forward with robotics in our classrooms.

During breakout, groups in the afternoon teachers had the opportunity to further explore robotics and coding. Check out the carousel stations:
Thank you to the facilitators from Logics Academy, Stu Burnie and Chris Rutledge, Melissa and Amy from the Innisfil ideaLAB and Mat Reive for sharing their learning and extending our thinking. We would also like to thank the teachers who explored, wondered and reflected with us.

Learn and Connect with us...
Throughout this inquiry, we will be partnering with the Council of Ontario Directors of Education (CODE) and a research team from the University of Waterloo to learn more about the impact of robotics as a learning tool in our classrooms.

Over the next few months, students and teachers will document their learning using this blog, our collaborative learning story and Twitter. Anyone can follow the inquiry by clicking on the hashtag #SCDSBbot.

We encourage all students and educators across the SCDSB to share their robotics learning and questions with us using the hashtag #SCDSBbot.  

Tyler Cave, Amy Szerminska, Chris Gilewicz, Jamie Cable, Darren Luoma, Marci Duncan and Pat Miller

Thursday, 11 February 2016

CODE Robotics Inquiry Launch at Prodomax

Scratch Dance Pad

The CODE Robotics Project is an opportunity for elementary students, from 13 participating schools, to engage in learning through robotics, leading to opportunities for the development of interactive, collaborative, entrepreneurial and problem solving skills. 

To launch our inquiry we brought together a group of educators and co-op students, from the participating schools, for a day of hands on learning around robotics, STEAM and coding at Prodomax in Barrie. The teachers and co-op students were challenged through a series of gamified exploration spaces including: a WeDo coding table, EV3 coding space, robot maze with Dash and Dot, a Sphero Pollock Art activity, a virtual reality table (with Google Cardboard), Bayblade building battle with WeDo, a Scratch Dance Pad and a building station. After completing a challenge at one of the hands on learning stations, educators could award themselves a badge and check out their progress on the summary board.

Prodomax by @HT_Library08

We also had an opportunity to go on a tour of Prodomax and see real world examples of robotics in action. We would like to thank Prodomax for welcoming us today into their environment, which inspired our learning and gave it context. A special thank you to Jane McPherson, Bill Richardson and Marc Lemieux for sharing their knowledge with us, helping the day run smoothly and for the engaging tours!

In the afternoon we learned more about the EV3 robots through an interactive series of activities led by Ramy, Chris and Paul from Logics Academy. We were challenged to problem solve and think critically while exploring and creating with the EV3. With great support, we soon felt confident that we could take our robotic skills to the next level and creating our own programs!

See a Storify summary of the Tweets from our day of learning: CODE Robotics Inquiry Launch Tweets.

For SCDSB educators, check out our CODE Robotics Learning Story.

Follow #SCDSBbot on Twitter and our website to learn more.

Tyler Cave, Amy Szerminska, Chris Gilewicz, Marci Duncan and Pat Miller

Wednesday, 10 February 2016


Welcome to the SCDSB CODE Robotics Inquiry blog. Here you will find posts from the students, teachers, co-op students, and IRTs involved in the project as they share their learning journey.