Intro to Robotics Career Exploration STEM Challenge (distance learning)

Grade Levels
6th - 10th, Homeschool
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40 pages
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From cleaning our homes to assisting in complex surgeries, robots are an important and increasing part of our lives with related careers in high demand. This Intro to Robotics STEM Challenge is a self-guided distance learning mini career exploration course for teens to explore the field of robotics, understand the basics of how robots work, and test drive robotics careers through fun online activities. Delivered in interactive Google Slides and PDF formats including:

1. access to online robotics career exploration resources (including virtual job shadow YouTube video, career information sheet in English and Spanish, and career focused 'try it' activity)

2. Smart Machines infographic (as a bonus print this out as a poster and use it for the walls in your classroom! PDF, JPG, and PNG files included) [this printable is available individually here]

2. What are robots? analysis and career exploration questions

3. How Robots Work video with writing prompt

4. Robots for.... Mini Research Project (18 googleslides) with link to ONet STEM careers list for project research. In this mini research project students will discover how robots are used in many fields, from space to science and everywhere in between!

5. Robotics For the Future STEM Challenge with student friendly step by step directions and worksheets to scaffold students through the project: design your own robot to solve a problem that you care about!

6. project rubric (2 page googledoc)

7. links to additional resources to explore careers in robotics

This Challenge is provided as one cohesive Google Slides and PDF document with embedded links to corresponding online activities for easy uploading and sharing in your online classroom! All activities are designed to be completed independently using only simple materials and online resources, taking approximately 4 hours of total time for students to complete - a fun distance learning activity!

Directly aligned with NGSS MS-ETS1-3. Supports NGSS MS-PS4-3, TEKS.SCI.7.2.E, TEKS.SCI.6.2.E, and TEKS.SCI.8.2.E.

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40 pages
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Teaching Duration
3 hours
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Analyze data from tests to determine similarities and differences among several design solutions to identify the best characteristics of each that can be combined into a new solution to better meet the criteria for success.
Integrate qualitative scientific and technical information to support the claim that digitized signals are a more reliable way to encode and transmit information than analog signals. Emphasis is on a basic understanding that waves can be used for communication purposes. Examples could include using fiber optic cable to transmit light pulses, radio wave pulses in wifi devices, and conversion of stored binary patterns to make sound or text on a computer screen. Assessment does not include binary counting. Assessment does not include the specific mechanism of any given device.


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