Starting Robotics Early

What is the appropriate age to start students with robotics? Based on my observations from the Lego Robotics Camp I taught recently at Saint Paul’s School, I would advocate no later than Kindergarten! Unless we challenge our students early, we will never know what they can do! Maybe not all Kindergarteners are ready for Lego…

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ROV Underwater Robots

Teaching at a school that is located on a large creek has many advantages. To study Marine Ecosystems for Science, your field trip is right to your own backyard! A great STEAM project for Marine Science in Middle School is making ROV Underwater Robots. Constructed out of easily available materials and components, students design and…

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Inexpensive Makerspace Projects

Some of my most favorite projects to do in the Makerspace are also the most inexpensive. These projects are great for developing creativity through repurposing and upcycling. Teaching students to source items that may otherwise end up in the trash is a great service to education and the environment! These two projects are also great…

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Your Name as a Domain Name

As you may have noticed, the domain name for this blog is my actual name. Being an early adopter of the Internet, I registered my name as a domain name almost 20 years ago. Having an uncommon name was an advantage in the availability, but I am not the only Paul Haberstroh out there. I…

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The Hour of Code

December 7-13, 2015 is Computer Science Education Week. The Hour of Code is a global grassroots initiative to introduce students to computer programming. Launched by code.org in 2013 with a vision that “every student in every school should have the opportunity to learn computer science”, it went viral in a short period of time. To participate in the…

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Developing a Makerspace

Developing a Makerspace provides a place for the resources and guidance for students to create. Having a designated space to make things allows students to explore and transform ideas into models and prototypes. A Makerspace fosters the 4C’s of the 21st Century Learning Skills. Since resources vary, and are often scarce, a Makerspace could be…

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Lego Robotics

At Saint Paul’s School in Clearwater we have a dedicated Lego® Lab. Having a Lego Robotics program is an essential component of any STEM curriculum and authentic learning experience. Lego Robotics engages students with real world design and engineering challenges. Students build and program very complicated robots. Some of the directions are over 80 pages…

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The 21st Century Classroom

Much has been written and discussed about what is obsolete in the classroom and what the 21st Century Classroom should be like. Following is a photo essay of a recent makeover of the Middle School at Saint Paul’s School in Clearwater Florida. Through the generosity of parents and supporters, the Middle School Building underwent a…

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Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge

Schmidt et al. (2009) present a very detailed study which resulted in the creation of a statistical model to quantify Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge in future teachers. According to tpack.org “Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge (TPACK) is a framework that identifies the knowledge teachers need to teach effectively with technology”. Below is a graphic representation of…

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Paper Towers

Paper Towers is an excellent class project that will help build teamwork, critical thinking, and problem solving. This project is suitable for a variety of ages from elementary to adult. Goal: To build the tallest freestanding tower possible from a single sheet of construction paper. Materials (per team): 1 piece 8.5 x 11 construction paper…

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