Designing Biomimetic Robots *ONLINE* Teacher Professional Development
July 26 & 27, 9 AM - 3 PM

In the Designing Biomimetic Robots (Biorobots) teacher workshop, participants will explore a fifteen-lesson, biology-inspired middle school robotics curriculum developed as a collaboration between TERC in Cambridge, MA, and the Center for Engineering Education and Outreach at Tufts. This curriculum was funded by the National Science Foundation to support middle school learning experiences in computational thinking, engineering design, and life science. The curriculum guides learners through biomimetic design – engineering a solution that is inspired by nature.  Students explore biological structure-function relationships and use what they learn to design, build, program, test, and iterate on digging robots in response to a disaster engineering design challenge. Participants build using the Hummingbird Robotics toolkit (a robotics platform from Carnegie Mellon University) and block-based programming (MakeCode).

Teachers attending this 2-day workshop will learn how to build and program a biomimetic robot and will practice implementing key portions of the curriculum unit. Although the curriculum is intended for grades 6 through 8, teachers of older and younger students are also welcome to attend and explore options for adapting the learning experiences and tools for other ages and contexts. The workshop is open to any K-12 teacher, informal education provider, volunteer, or member of industry interested in learning about educational robotics. Participants will have access to all fifteen of the curricular lessons.

Materials: For this workshop, you will need a hummingbird kit. You can buy a new kit from the vendor (Option A) or buy a refurbished kit from the CEEO (Option B).

Option A - $199  (Premium kit from vendor)

Option B - $70 (refurbished kit from the CEEO) includes:
 - Hummingbird controller
 - micro:bit
 - 2 Positions servos
 - 2 Rotation servos
 - AA power supply
 - USB cable
 - Shipping

If you already have a micro:bit and USB, you can buy individual items from You'll need a Hummingbird controller, AA power supply, 2 position servos, and 2 rotation servos.

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