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Podcast: STEAM at the Museum of the Riverina

Written by Ben Newsome on March 25th, 2018.      0 comments

Episode 46 of the FizzicsEd podcast

Students creating museums exhibitions? Love it! In this episode we speak with Sam Leah who is working on "STEAM the Museum", a project where an opportunity class from Sturt Public School are working to create an interpretative robotic display that will tell the story the royal visit of Queen Elizabeth II to Wagga Wagga, NSW. From meshing coding & the arts together to designing interpretative displays, this project is all about students making history come alive.

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Samantha Leah
Inspiring students in the museum!

Pairing students & teachers in TPL for the win!

Written by Ben Newsome on July 31st, 2017.      0 comments

Shared experiences = accelerated learning!

The ability to see students interact with a lesson is often times the BEST way to see if a given lesson will actually work or not and lately we couldn't agree more! Recently we worked with Condell Park Public School in Sydney, who had gone to a massive effort to arrange teachers and students from surrounding schools to join us for a full day of Lego Robotics TPL. Find out how it went!

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Robot at Condell Park TPL session
Collaboration is the key!

Teaching Topics: edchat, education, robotics , scied , STEM, teaching

Robo Wunderkind: early years robotics & blocks combined

Written by Ben Newsome on April 6th, 2017.      0 comments

Building robots just got better

Delivering school STEM workshops across the country is such a rewarding job, especially when you get to hear from motivated teachers about the new edtech solutions they've come across! This week was one of these weeks where we heard about Robo Wunderkind, a combination of robotics and building blocks that's bound to grab kids attention!

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Robo Wunderkind with a Lego man on top
Cute, but with power under the hood


How to teach robotics without a robot or even a computer!

Written by Ben Newsome on August 27th, 2016.      0 comments

Can they program you?

One of the most captivating ways of teaching coding is whereby you deploy robotics in the classroom. Even if your school is short on cash, you can still teach the principles robotics without a robot in your room!

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Teaching robots without computers or robots!
No robots, no problem!

Teaching Topics: edchat, education, robotics, STEM, teaching

5 ways Beebots can teach students

Written by Ben Newsome on June 29th, 2016.      0 comments

Coding for younger students

Got to love a Beebot! They're such a well designed robotics teaching tool for young students that not only serve as an entry mechanism for more complex robotics but used correctly can be a versatile tool for teachers wanting to creatively teach classroom content.

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3 beebots lined up in a row
A powerful tool for learning


Lego robotics teaching ideas that work

Written by Ben Newsome on May 25th, 2016.      0 comments

Lego robotics captures kids attention like nothing else!

We love Lego Robotics! Also known as Lego Mindstorms, we've been using these robots for years to teach kids coding and logical reasoning in schools for years. Students intuitively understand it and can very quickly have their robot moving and sensing it's environment without the need to learn the back end code that powers it.

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ev3 robot
Time to get programming!


Get roving video conference robots at your school or museum!

Written by Ben Newsome on February 9th, 2015.      0 comments

There has been much talk around National Museum’s video conferencing robot.

Developed in collaboration with the CSIRO and the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, the telepresence robot roving the NMA’s floors has allowed multiple remote schools and libraries to simultaneously connect to an onsite educator to ask questions as well as explore the exhibits themselves using the panoramic cameras that create a 360 degree view with zooming capability. The only issue is that whilst the technology is very exciting the associated price tag makes it difficult for other sites to attain easily. There are other options...

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Double Robotics iPad robot seen in Atlanta at ISTE 2014

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