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What is STREAM?

STREAM is a workshop to help K-12 educators utilize robotics as they teach STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) subjects. This workshop will provide educators the opportunity to explore how they might use robotics in their own STEM instruction through interactive sessions as well as through presentations by other educators currently using robotics as a way to teach STEM. Representatives of local technology companies will also describe potential careers for students interested in robotics and STEM disciplines.

The workshop was held at iRobot in Bedford, MA on June 24—25, 2010.

Click here for the STREAM 2011 page!

Click the link for Wicked Local Bedford's article on the workshop!

iRobot hosts workshop for teachers

STREAM Classroom Awards

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Participants from STREAM 2010 were invited to submit applications for robotics materials for their classrooms. Eight teachers received classroom kits through generous funding from Boston SIM, the Commonwealth Alliance for IT Education (CAITE), Footbridge Partners, and the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council.

James Clark of Chicopee Comprehensive High School

Anne Sullivan of J.W. Martin Middle School

Chris Connors of Pembroke High School

Dawn Marshall of Fitchburg High School

Kathleen Gasbarro of Woodside Montessori Academy

Laura Smith of Lexington High School

Karen Mahoney and Cindy Gould of Sky View Middle School

Christina Salinas of Del Mar High School

Congratulations!


Elaine Mistretta was the recipient of a STREAM 2009 Classroom Award.
Click here to see how the award helped her run a Robotics I course at Haverhill High School!
Joseph Flournoy also received a STREAM 2009 Classroom Award.
Check out how Joseph incorporated the award into his 6th grade Math courses at Littleton Middle School!
Photos and Video

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Handouts and Resources

All materials are in PDF format unless otherwise noted.

Don Rhine of Tyngsborough High School

Sound Science with the LEGO NXT

Steve Cogger of Doherty Middle School

Robots in the Technology/Engineering Curriculum

Joe McCormick of Malden Catholic High School

Artbotics: Attracting Students to STEM

Elaine Mistretta of Haverhill High School

Holly Yanco of UMass Lowell and Kristen Stubbs of iRobot

 

If any other presenters have materials they would like posted please e-mail Adam Norton: bigtimecow[at]gmail.com

Interactive Workshop Sessions

Sound Science with the LEGO NXT

Bill Church and Barbara Bratzel, Shady Hill School

In this workshop, we will explore the science of sound with LEGO NXT hardware and Labview Educational Edition software. Using the high-tech data-logging capabilities of the hardware and software, we will investigate a decidedly low-tech toy, the can-and-string telephone. We’ll move on to building robots: an applause meter that spins faster as the sound gets louder and a sensor-controlled musical instrument.

Robots in the Technology/Engineering Curriculum

Chris Beaton, Ashland High School

This workshop is designed to demonstrate and explore the implementation of Robotics in the MA Engineering/Technology Frameworks. You will be challenged to solve an engineering design problem using the Engineering Design Process, the iRobot Create, and the Botball CBC controller.

Artbotics: Attracting Students to STEM

Diana Coluntino and Adam Norton, The Revolving Museum

In this workshop participants will experience the structure and process of the Artbotics program. Typically run in semester or week-long sessions, this all-day workshop will introduce kinetic art concepts, a variety of sensor and motor types, and computer programming with Cricket Logo. Participants will create interactive art which will be presented in a short exhibition at the end of the day.

See artbotics.org for more information on the program.

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Schedule
  Thursday Friday
7:30 Breakfast/Registration
Breakfast
8:00 Introduction and Welcome from iRobot "
8:15 Short talk: Don Rhine of Tyngsborough High School Short talk: Joe Jones of Harvest Automation
8:30
Sound Science with the LEGO NXT Artbotics: Attracting Students to STEM
10:00
Short talk: Carol Cheung of iRobot Break
10:15
Sound Science with the LEGO NEXT (continued) Artbotics (continued)
11:45
Short talk: Benge Ambrogi of Kiva Systems, Inc. Short talk: Ted Acworth of Artaic
Noon
Lunch Lunch
12:45
Short talk: Steve Cogger of Doherty Middle School Short talk: Elaine Mistretta of Haverhill High School
1:00
Robots in the Technology/Engineering Curriculum Artbotics (continued)
2:30
Break Break
2:45
Technology/Engineering (continued) Artbotics (continued)
3:30 " Artbotics Mini Exhibition
4:00 " Artbotics Q&A
4:15
Short talk: Joe McCormick of Malden Catholic High School Short talk: Holly Yanco of UMass Lowell and Kristen Stubbs of iRobot
4:30
Wrap-up Workshop evaluation and wrap-up
5:00 Workshop concludes for day Workshop concludes
Directions

Address:
iRobot
8 Crosby Drive
Bedford, MA 01730
Phone: 781-430-3000
Fax: 781-430-3001

Route 3 South:
Take exit 26 for MA-62 toward Burlington, turn left at Burlington Road/MA-62, turn left at Crosby Drive

I-95 North/South:
Take exit 32A-B, merge onto Route 3 North toward Lowell, take exit 26 for MA-62 toward Burlington, turn slight left at Crosby Drive

I-495 North/South:
Take exit 35A-B-C, merge onto Route 3 South, take exit 26 for MA-62 toward Burlington,turn left at Burlington Road/MA-62, turn left at Crosby Drive

Other STREAM Events

STREAM 2012: June 27—28, 2012
STREAM 2011
: June 29, 2011
STREAM 2010
: June 24—25, 2010
STREAM 2009: June 25—26, 2009

The STREAM 2010 workshop is organized by the University of Massachusetts Lowell and iRobot.

Financial Support for STREAM 2010