The AITopics website has an
extensive bibliographical history of Robots. This is an excellent resource for
teachers who are just learning about robots and the history of this technology.
Mellon University Robotics
Academy. (2009). http://www.education.rec.ri.cmu.edu/
Carnegie Mellon University
Robotics Academy is one of the
leading educational centers for robotics. Contents on this website include an educators’ section that has information
on professional development and research, a section on LEGO Robotics and resources, a section on VEX Robots and resources,
a curriculum section with middle school and high school kit suggestions, an events section, and a link to the Robotics Education
Construction Drives Me Crazy. (2002).
Lego Robotics Project for High School Math and Technology Students.
This is an excellent lesson
plan that can be used as a model for lesson plan development. Includes student contracts for working with a group, rubric
for performance evaluation, the lesson, self-assessment report form, self-evaluation form for individual contributions
during group work, and teacher’s assessment.
EST Foundations. (2005). http://www.estfoundations.com/
The EST curriculum is written
to introduce students to engineering. It includes 11 core modules and 4 enrichment
modules for instructors to teach a high school curriculum on robotics. The modules
are project-based lessons. Supplemental materials are available to purchase on compact disc.
Institute for Personal Robots in
Education. (2008). http://www.roboteducation.org/
The Institute for Personal
Robots website is a joint endeavor by faculty members at Georgia Tech, Bryn Mawr
College, Georgia State University, The University
of Georgia, and Microsoft Research. In addition to the standard content that most websites include, this website has a bibliography
and a downloadable pdf file of the textbook, Learning Computing with Robots.
Learn About Robotics. (2008). http://www.learnaboutrobots.com/
This website categorizes the
different types of robots into a comprehensive list with links to separate pages on each. It also contains a glossary of robotic
LEGO Education. (2009). http://www.legoeducation.com/about/newsletter/item.aspx?ap=1&nli=35&art=1790&bhc p=1
The LEGO Education website
contains sections on activities, a link to the LEGO store, a blog for posting information on contests, etc., pdf files for
media guides for kits, a section on robotics and other science fields, and a link to the LEGO’s education center.
Microsoft Robotics. (2009). http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/robotics/default.aspx
Microsoft encourages the use
of its products in developing curriculum. Free downloads of Microsoft products to be used in the classroom curriculum are
NASA Quest. (n.d.) http://quest.nasa.gov/space/teachers/liftoff/robotics.html
The video program examines
some of NASA's robotic research and how robots are used in space exploration. Classroom scenes show robot studies at the intermediate
and high school level. The site provides a short history on robotics, a glossary and a simple lesson plan to build a micro-rover
National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
NASA’s website contents
include a section on events (competitions), educators’ section with lesson plans by grade level, student activity pages,
archives of past events with video or webcast, and a small links section.
PCS Edventures. (2009). http://edventures.com/imssc/nsimssc/index.php?lid=111
PCS provides complete student
robot work stations. These stations can be purchased for 10, 20, 30 students and come with sample curriculum. The curriculum covers a whole semester. Prices range from $8k to 25K for full stations.
Ridge Soft Modern Tools for
Robotics. (2009). http://www.ridgesoft.com/articles/education/education.htm
The Ridge Soft website provides
tutorials/resources on using JAVA robotics in education. There is information for an introductory programming class or more
advanced robotics class. Two downloadable textbooks are available in pdf format. Links
are also provided to competitions.
A Robot Laboratory for Teaching
Artificial Intelligence Resource Kit. (1998).
The contents of this website
consists of the following: a paper: “A Robot Laboratory for Teaching Artificial Intelligence” (SIGCSE 98 Paper),
information on outfitting a robot laboratory, sample syllabus for an AI course, a class exercise, robot laboratory handout,
and a sampler interactive C robot control program.
Robotics Curriculum. (n.d.). http://www.ircs.upenn.edu/pennlincs/robotics.htm
The website includes extensive
step-by-step instructions on teaching middle school robotics. The curriculum was developed at the University of Pennsylvania. Besides lessons, this website has the following topical sections: why robotics, how to introduce robotics,
agents for change curriculum package, technical guide icons, what is needed to get started, you can really teach this, and
references and resources.
Robotics in the Curriculum. (n.d.).
Stephen Dworetzky explores the various ways robotics are being used at Thomas Starr King Middle School
in Los Angeles, California.
His website contains suggestions on how to embed robotics in the disciplines including math, science, art, social studies,
etc. Examples are provided in conference handouts: a rubric, general lesson, sample objectives, report requirements, and robotics
Robots.net. (2007). http://robots.net/article/2369.html
This website contains an extensive
up-to-date calendar of school competitions. It also has links to the latest robots
and provides access to a blog for sharing information on robotics, and an extensive list of links to robot projects.
Scientific American Frontiers. (n.d.) http://www.pbs.org/saf/educators.htm (1990).
These websites contains PBS
materials for teachers based upon science television shows produced for students. It also contains lessons plans on robotics
on the “robots alive page.” There are archived videos on robots in action.
Teaching with Robots: A Guide
to Finding Curriculum and Resources. (2009). http://www.botmag.com/articles/01-18-06_Teaching_With_Robots.shtml
An article by Dr. Kenneth
Berry, firstname.lastname@example.org, Assistant Professor, California State University, Northridge is posted on this
magazine website. The article contains advice on how to go about adding robotics to a school’s curriculum and factors
to consider in setting up a program. This article is reprinted on the Robot Magazine website which also contains an extensive
list of links titled: “Editors' Links To Robot Industry Websites.”
Tufts Center for Engineering Education and
Outreach. (2008). http://www.ceeo.tufts.edu/
The Tufts Center provides workshop opportunities
to develop curriculum, summer opportunities for students, RoboLab software downloads, and educational research. This information
is provided on the website.
Vex Robotics Design. (2002). http://www.vexrobotics.com/
Although this website is essentially
used to sell Vex Robotics, there are several resource pages that assist in developing curriculum using the Vex Robots. There
are sections available on competitions, coding, tech support, etc.