of South Riding
25160 Loudoun County Pkwy, South Riding, VA 20152 • (703) 957-3037

Robotic Learning Philosophy Exploring programming through play and developmentally-appropriate learning manipulatives”

Our robotics program allows kids learn through play! This high tech program lets kids explore with little to no instruction.  Kids are able to take a robot, scan bar codes on a sequence of blocks, and watch it go. Scanning the barcodes tells the robot what to do so children can move the blocks around to create different scenarios. Actions like “Begin – Shake – Light Up – Turn Right – End” are terrific for young learners.

 

Treasure Island

Based on Robert Louis Stevenson’s novel, Treasure Island, this curriculum will incorporate literature and robotics. Inspired by the novel, students will learn about the story through specific events and characters through KIWI robotics. The basics of robotics and programming will be expedited in order to accommodate for more thorough lessons on sensors.

 

Everyone Feels

This curriculum entitled “Everyone Feels” uses robotics as a tool for developing emotional competency in kindergarten students. To achieve this, it takes a peace education approach, specifically focusing on social-emotional learning competencies. This curriculum is intended for kindergarten students who have been previously exposed to robotics in the past .  Students will work independently and in large group settings to create a robot that expresses their feelings, after reading and discussing “The Feelings Book” by Todd Parr. 

 

How Things Move

How Things Move is a robotics and programming curriculum  designed specifically for early childhood classroom use (Pre-K through 2nd grade). Over the course of several weeks, students will work alone or in groups to build and program a robot to demonstrate their understandings and ideas related to the robotics and programming concepts they have mastered. This curriculum also contains foundational physics connections related to motion, light, and friction.

 

Sensing the World Around Us

Sensing the World Around Us is an intermediate curriculum for students who have completed the How Things Move curriculum (or equivalent). This curriculum builds on the introductory concepts students have mastered and takes and in-depth look at how sensors work, particularly the three KIWI sensors: Light sensor, Distance sensor, and Sound sensor. Additionally, this curriculum makes foundational biology connections related to animal/human senses, and characteristics of different animals. Over the course of several weeks, students will work alone or in groups to build and program a robotic animal (with sensors) to demonstrate their understandings and ideas related to the robotics and programming concepts they have mastered.

 

Dances From Around the World

Dances from Around the World is a culminating project for students who have completed the How Things Move and Sensing the World Around Us curriculums (or their equivalents). Over the course of several weeks, students will work alone or in groups to build and program a robot to demonstrate their understandings and ideas related to the robotics and programming concepts they have mastered as well as a cultural dance of their choice. During the course of this final project, students put to use all the concepts learned during previous lessons but transfer them to a new context. When projects are complete, there can be a showcase of student work for parents, siblings, and schoolmates.

 

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