Here’s a video I did with Ruben Gameros, a grad student at State University. It’s about what it takes to start a Robotics program.
This was a hot topic in the STEAM Workshop last December in Colombo and Kandy, Sri Lanka. We know drones are changing the game in many areas. How about ‘Swarm’ robotics? Watch Ruben explain!
Just got back from a short trip to Sri Lanka, where I conducted two workshops for teachers.The first was in Maharagama on Dec 15th & 16th. The second workshop was in Kandy on Dec 18th.
Here are some stories about the workshops:
Much thanks to my co-presenters:
- Dr. Paul Funk – Engineer, US Dept. of Agriculture, New Mexico (Via Skype)
- Ruben Gameros – Autonomous Collective Systems Laboratory, Arizona State University (Via Skype)
- Scott Logan – Montessori International School, Mesa, Arizona (Via Skype)
- Lal Medawattegedera – Lecturer, Open University of Sri Lanka
- Nalaka Gunewardene – Science writer, author, trustee of the Science and Development Network
- Nazly Ahmed – Web App Dev at Social Seed Media
Also the two Keynote Speakers:
- Dr. Ajit Madurapperuma – Dir. Of Information Communication Technology, ICTA
- Dr. Nalin Samarasinha – Astrophysicist at Planetary Science Institute in Tucson, Arizona (Via Skype)
Hands-On Engneering – Spaghetti Tower Challenge
Hands-on session on Audio Recording
Hands-on session on Motors and Electro-magnetism
Scott Logan & students at Montessori International School, teach class – via Skype
Aaron Fernando facilitates session
Using audio and video for content creation
Photography in Science – From SLRs to GoPro
Nazly Ahmed, Social Seed Media explains Depth of Field
Engineering & Problem Solving – Building a Solar Oven
Paul Funk, US DOA
Teaching Science Writing
Future Ready Classroom – Google Cardboard & Augmented Reality
Future Ready Classroom – Teaching Robotics
Ruben Gameros, ASU, teaches class on robotics – Via Skype
Yesterday, we hosted two FLL Robotics teams from St. Mary-Basha Catholic School, Chandler.
It was the first scrimmage we hosted at Salt River Elementary. It was a lot of fun, and students got to see how nervous their potential competitors –or ‘co-petitors’ in FLL-speak — were.
Did the bots under-perform? Sure! But that’s part of the learning experience of a scrimmage, where you get to fix the things that worked one week ago, but didn’t seem to do well under pressure.
St. Mary’s Teams are: Fantastic 5 and Tech Stars
Salt River’s Teams are: Red Mountain Razors, and XTreme Sharkbots
We began with a short presentation by Ruben Gameros, from ASU, on ‘Swarm Robotics’ part of the post-graduate work he is working on.