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Bring robotics into your classroom using these fabulous tools and resources. Learn about National Robotics Month, celebrated in April. Use these resources for STEM or makerspace activities.  

 

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Science Buddies - ScienceBuddies.org

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ScienceBuddies offers a large variety of science resources including science fair projects and free STEM lessons. Select the Science Fair Project Ideas link to begin using the Topic...more
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ScienceBuddies offers a large variety of science resources including science fair projects and free STEM lessons. Select the Science Fair Project Ideas link to begin using the Topic Selection Wizard. This tool uses a short questionnaire to guide students to recommended projects based on length of time needed to work on the project, grade level, and topic for research. Be sure to also visit the teachers' portion of the site to find STEM lesson plans for all grade levels, science fair tools, engineering design information, and much more.

tag(s): calories (10), earthquakes (50), electricity (92), energy (207), gravity (46), internet safety (118), recycling (60), robotics (29), science fairs (25), sound (105), STEM (174)

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Be sure to bookmark this site as a useful resource for any science topic. Take advantage of the free lessons aligned to Next Generation Science Standards to add to your current content. Use an online bulletin board like Lino, reviewed here throughout your science unit to record student questions, ideas, and ongoing discussions. If you use video content during your science lessons, consider incorporating a tool like Vizia, reviewed here or EdPuzzle, reviewed hereto integrate quizzes and polls directly into your video. Instead of a written or oral presentation of student research, have students use Sway, reviewed here to create a multimedia presentation incorporating video, images, and text.
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Mars Express - European Space Agency

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This European Space Agency site is dedicated to the Mars Express Spacecraft's trip to the red planet and is a good site for studying astronomy at a number of grade ...more
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This European Space Agency site is dedicated to the Mars Express Spacecraft's trip to the red planet and is a good site for studying astronomy at a number of grade levels. The Mars Express is scheduled to land on Mars in December, 2003, and this site documents the details of its journey with articles and multimedia resources. The site has information on both the planet itself, and the spacecraft's specifications and special testing equipment.

tag(s): mars (40), planets (128), robotics (29), solar system (119)

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Robot Cafe

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Robots are one of the most popular of the "science cult" activities because they combine both computing and mechanical design challenges. Robot Cafe is a "portal" site offering topical...more
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Robots are one of the most popular of the "science cult" activities because they combine both computing and mechanical design challenges. Robot Cafe is a "portal" site offering topical listings of hundreds of resources and information on building robots and using them in education. Science teachers interested in starting a school robot project will find a wealth of information here, including a lists of parts resources and competitions. Students will also find many ways to feed their own individual interests.

tag(s): competitions (14), robotics (29)

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Mars For Kids - NASA

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NASA's Mars page for kids offers lots of interactive exploration options and an interactive Mars viewer. Teachers will also find links to more extensive NASA classroom resources on...more
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NASA's Mars page for kids offers lots of interactive exploration options and an interactive Mars viewer. Teachers will also find links to more extensive NASA classroom resources on Mars and plans for further explorations. NASA's web resources are huge, and finding suitable materials can sometimes require some experimenting. This site will certainly interest elementary-level explorers.

tag(s): mars (40), robotics (29), space (221)

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BBC Robot World - BBC

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The BBC Science page on robots offers still another approach to the topic, along with its own collection of robotics kits and materials. We're unsure how accessible these might be ...more
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The BBC Science page on robots offers still another approach to the topic, along with its own collection of robotics kits and materials. We're unsure how accessible these might be in the US; perhaps our UK users will let us know more. There's plenty to learn here, nonetheless.

tag(s): robotics (29)

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Robotics Education Project - NASA

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NASA's page on its robotics education activities offers links to ongoing, real-time projects, robotics news updates, and listings of robotics activities and competitions. Robotics is...more
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NASA's page on its robotics education activities offers links to ongoing, real-time projects, robotics news updates, and listings of robotics activities and competitions. Robotics is becoming hugely popular in many schools, so the pool of resources gets deeper daily. Jump into this one!

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FIRST Competition - FIRST

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Created by inventor Dean Kamen, this competition encourages students in different age groups to team up and tackle challenges in robotics, physics, and engineering. The site offers...more
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Created by inventor Dean Kamen, this competition encourages students in different age groups to team up and tackle challenges in robotics, physics, and engineering. The site offers detailed instructions as well as information on previous competitions - including some examples.

tag(s): robotics (29)

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If you have students who are serious competitors, this would be a great challenge.

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NSF Classroom Resources - National Science Foundation

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This is a collection of science and math lessons and web resources ranging from how the Internet works to nanoscience, engineering, biology, and principles of physics and chemistry....more
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This is a collection of science and math lessons and web resources ranging from how the Internet works to nanoscience, engineering, biology, and principles of physics and chemistry. The content is predictably detailed, "real science" based on topics and phenomena that will interest students. These are the best of the best lessons and resources with applicability to lots of settings.

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Bookmark this site as a reference site for finding further material. Under each subject find a varity of formats from forums and articles, to videos, interactives, podcasts, experiments and more. Some of the resources on this site may lead to a starting point for individual or group projects. Use parts of this site at a center. Share this site with staff (especially new teachers) and parents looking to extend science and math activities at home.

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