March 20, 2012
Pace University to host symposium on students’ learning experiences in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) using robotics, Saturday, April 21
WHO and WHAT: Experience the benefits of robotics as a scalable classroom tool and hear students share their learning experiences in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) using robotics.
The symposium is sponsored by Pace University’s Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems, LEGO® Education, International Robotics, and Hitachi. Keynote speakers are Robert Doornick, the CEO of International Robotics, Inc.; and a life-size robot named Millennia who will inspire students and adults alike to explore careers in STEM fields.
President Obama has launched an “Educate to Innovate” campaign to improve the participation and performance of America’s students in STEM. This campaign includes efforts not only from the Federal Government but also from leading companies, foundations, non-profits, and science and engineering societies to work with young people across America to excel in science and math.
The primary purpose of the Pace symposium is to provide a forum for students to share their learning experiences in STEM using robotics and promote students’ interest and involvement in STEM subjects. Another goal is to connect people in business, higher education, community organizations, cultural institutions and K-12 schools to design, develop and demonstrate innovative, sustainable and transferable STEM learning experiences using robotics.
Hands-on workshops for kids and adults will be offered in the morning. Workshop participants will be entered for a chance to win a free LEGO Education WeDo™ Robotics Construction Set, and a LEGO MINDSTORMS® Education NXT Base Set. Three $100.00 gift cards will also be awarded, and parents/guardians will be encouraged to invest the money in a savings bond for their children’s education. Free breakfast and lunch will be provided.
Hands-On Workshops for K-12
Workshop 1: LEGO® Education WeDo™ Robotics (student ages: 6-9)
Workshop 2: LEGO® MINDSTORMS® Education Robotics (student ages: 10-14)
Workshop 3: LEGO® MINDSTORMS® with TETRIX® Robotics (high school/college students only)
Workshops for Parents, Teachers, Administrators
Workshop 1: Teaching STEM Using LEGO® Education WeDo™ Robotics
Workshop 2: Teaching STEM Using LEGO® MINDSTORMS® Education
Workshop 3: Teaching STEM Using LEGO® MINDSTORMS® Education NXT with TETRIX®
Parent, Teacher, and Administrator Sessions
Workshop 4: Teaching STEM Using Robotics
Workshop 5: Funding Strategies, Grant Writing, and STEM Scholarships
Workshop 6: STEM Careers – What Every Parent/Guardian Should Know About STEM
Participants must pre-register for the workshops as there is limited availability. The workshops are on a first-come, first-served basis.
For more information on the symposium, complete descriptions of the workshops, and to register, visit http://www.pace.edu/seidenberg/stem-robotics.
WHEN and WHERE: Saturday, April 21, at Pace University’s Graduate Center, 1 Martine Avenue, White Plains, New York, 8:45 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Media contact: Bill Caldwell, Pace, 212-346-1597, firstname.lastname@example.org
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