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TCEA 2013
Robotics Academy Schedule
Monday February 4, 2013

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8:00 - 11:15RoomSession 1 Workshop BreakoutsSpeakerSchool Level

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410WeDo Robotics and So Can You!Cerina Zamora
Southwest ISD
Elementary

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Need help fusing S.T.E.A.M. into your classroom? Discover how LEGO's WeDo Robotics kits can be utilized in a variety of ways in the everyday classroom. This hands-on course will give teachers the basics of programming and innovative lessons for students of all grades and languages.

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412Using Robot C to Program an Autonomous RobotKathleen Weaver
Dallas ISD
All

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We will be using RobotC and sensors to program LEGO robots to interact with their environment, including programming with sonar, color, and infrared detectors to create autonomous programs.

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8:00 - 9:25RoomSession 1 BreakoutsSpeakerSchool Level

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406NXT Generation: It's Not Science Fiction AnymoreAshley Coffman
Mansfield ISD
All

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Step into the 21st century with the implementation of a Robotics program. We will explore helpful tips, strategies, and resources for integrating the LEGO Education Robotics Program into your district’s curriculum.

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408Robotics and Project ManagementSandra Melendez
Killeen ISD
Middle and High School

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Running a classroom and robotics? Learn how to lead your team as a project manager, using the MS Project management environment, while also teaching engineering PMP skills to your students.

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414Renewable Wind Farm Technology through RoboticsDee Wallace
LEGO Education
Middle

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In tise session, participants will use science and math curriculum to drive the use of renewable wind farm technology through robotics. This hands-on workshop will guide participants with STEM integration techniques as an integral part of the instructional design process.

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9:30-10:30Room Session 2 BreakoutsSpeakerSchool Level

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406Teaching Computational Thinking in K-5 Using RobotsKaren North, AAUW-WHC, NCWIT Houston Affiliate, ISTE SIGCT
Elementary

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Learn about teaching computational thinking with a robotic spelling bee, a number line and line dancing. This supports the Texas standards for technology applications and the new Texas math TEKS, which includes computational thinking and computer programming.

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408Waterbotics for Your Summer CampJennifer Flood
Bastrop ISD
All

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Engaging summer camps to build, develop, and enhance your current Robotics Program.  From underwater robotics to inventors' workshops, explore how to create, fund, organize, and run a camp!

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10:30-11:30Room Session 3 BreakoutsSpeakerSchool Level

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406STEM + Robotics = Student Success!Carolyn Mitchell
Lewisville ISD
Middle

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This session will show how one district fused curriculum with LEGO MINDSTORMS and produced a middle school robotics program that has resulted in student engagement and success in 15 middle schools across Lewisville ISD, while putting the "fun" back in the classroom.

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408Using NAO Robots with Autistic StudentsJulie Holland
Alvarado ISD
High School

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Alvarado ISD is in its first year of utilizing the NAO robots with students with autism spectrum disorder. The goal is to motivate increased verbal communication and social interaction of these students. Robots have voice-controlled output which is thought to increase the motivation for increased verbalization of the AU student. We anticipate decreased anxiety in social interactions with the robot due to predictability of robotic responses. As interaction with the robot reinforces positive interaction skills, interactions with other students will be increased with a gradual fade out of robot use. We will share the results of our first semester of implementation.

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414Building, Thinking, and Writing Creatively with LEGO Story StarterPeggy Perkins
Bastrop ISD
Elementary

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Participants will experience the use of the Story Starter LEGO kits with hands-on experiences and activities. This is an easy and motivating way to engage students in areas of Language Arts, where students will build stories and share creatively.

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11:30-1:00Lunch - On Your Own

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1:00 - 4:00Room Session 4 Workshop BreakoutsSpeakerSchool Level

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410MINDSTORMS NXT with JAVABerry Nall
Roma ISD
Middle and High School

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Participants will learn how to enable their students to use JAVA to program NXT robots. This is a great way to introduce students to text-based programming, and students enjoy the high accuracy of JAVA-based programming.

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412LabVIEW for LEGO MINDSTORMS and TETRIX RoboticsHunter Smith
National Instruments
High School

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Participants will learn tips to building with the TETRIX Building System. Participants will program a TETRIX Robot using LabVIEW For LEGO MINDSTORMS, which provides a great experience with the industry-standard graphical system.

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1:00-1:50Room Session 4 BreakoutsSpeakerSchool Level

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406A LEGO Robotics DistrictMark Patrick
Texarkana ISD
All

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Find out how Texarkana ISD is using LEGO Robotics to turn "pockets of excellence" into a successful K-12 implementation.

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408FRC - FIRST RoboticsLuis Medina
Clear Creek ISD
High School

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Would you like to learn more about a program where students work with engineers to design, build, and operate robots to compete in area competitions? With a focus on hands-on involvement, FRC students are provided opportunities in construction, engineering, computer programming, electronics, and leadership. Students develop and test a robot that can outperform its competitors. Team members experience the same problems, challenges, and breakthroughs that an engineering team encounters in developing a product. In both cases, there are team dynamics, time constraints, material constraints, and pressure from other teams who are trying to solve the same problem. Teams can work side by side with teachers, engineers, and members of the community. In addition, over 14 million dollars in scholarship opportunities are available.

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2:00-2:50Room Session 5 BreakoutsSpeakerSchool Level

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406Robotics in Computer Science CurriculumJulie Redden
Deer Park ISD
High School

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A natural next step in learning to write code is to apply it to robots. See how the DPISD computer science curriculum is extended through programming robots - LEGO, ROOMBA, and NAO.

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408VEX RoboticsLuis Medina
Clear Creek ISD
Middle and High School

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Would you like to learn more about a program where students work to design, build and operate robots to compete in area competitions?  Teams are challenged to build a remotely controlled robot to accomplish a defined task within a competitive setting. Using only the VEX Robotics Kit, students develop, and test a robot that can outperform their competitors. During this time, team members will experience the same problems, challenges, and breakthroughs that an engineering team encounters in developing a product. In both cases, there are team dynamics, time constraints, material constraints, and pressure from other teams who are trying to solve the same problem. Teams can work side by side with teachers, engineers and members of the community. 

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414How the History of Seymour Papert’s Constructionism Relates to MINDSTORMS®EV3 TodayBetty Justus
LEGO Education
All

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This session promises to be very interesting for long-time LEGO MINDSTORMS educators as well as new educators not familiar with the history of MINDSTORMS. Participants will learn the history of MINDSTORMS as it relates to the new LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3. The book “MINDSTORMS” was first published in 1980 by computer scientist and educator, Seymour Papert, and LEGO Education’s robotics platform is named for it. “Children learn best when they are actively engaged in constructing something that has a personal meaning to them-be it a poem, a robot, a sandcastle, or a computer program.” -- Seymour Papert

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3:00-3:50Room Session 6 BreakoutsSpeakerSchool Level

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406Hosting Your Own Robotics CompetitionsTerri Armendariz
Deer Park ISD
All

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Just getting started and not ready for a TCEA Area contest? Or wanting to practice for the TCEA Area contest? Host a local district contest. Resources will be shared on how to setup a contest for both arena and invention.

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408BEST - Boosting Engineering, Science, and TechnologyLuis Medina
Clear Creek ISD
Middle and High School

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Would you like to learn more about a program where students work to design, build, and operate robots to compete in area competitions? Teams are challenged to build a remotely-controlled robot to accomplish a defined task within a competitive setting. Using only the materials provided, teams have six weeks to design, develop, and test a robot that can outperform its competitors. During this time, students will experience the same problems, challenges, and breakthroughs that an engineering team encounters in developing a product. In both cases, there are team dynamics, time constraints, material constraints, and pressure from other teams who are trying to solve the same problem. Teams can work side by side with teachers, engineers, and members of the community. 

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4:05- 4:30Room Robotics Academy Wrap-UpSpeakerSchool Level

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Salon D/ETips to Creating and Maintaining a Successful Robotics Program PanelAll

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A panel of four veteran robotics teachers will share their experience regarding starting and maintaining a robotics team. The panel will also provide ideas for integrating robotics as part of an Engineering and Technology Course. A question and answer session from the audience will also follow each panelist’s presentation. This is truly a session you will not want to miss if you are new to robotics!