Underwater Robotics PD Program to be Pilot-Tested at ITEEA 2012 Conference

November 15, 2011 - via International Technology and Engineering Educators Association

RESTON, Virginia, November 15, 2011 – The International Technology and Engineering Educators Association is pleased to announce a partnership with Stevens Institute of Technology to create underwater robotics curriculum.

WaterBotics™ is an underwater robotics curriculum developed by Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey that utilizes the LEGO® MINDSTORMS® system and targets students in middle and high school classrooms as well as participants in informal learning environments such as summer camps and after-school programs. Previously, teachers interested in running the project had to undergo five days of in-person, hands-on training in order to be sufficiently prepared. Now, however, with funding from the National Science Foundation, a more efficient hybrid training model is being developed that will consist of both face-to face and online components. This program will be pilot-tested at the ITEEA annual conference in March 2012, and 20 ITEEA members will be selected to participate through a competitive application process. These teachers will attend a one-day professional development session, complete four online modules, implement the curriculum at their schools, and provide valuable feedback about the training and support.Pairs of teachers from a single school are preferred, and each teacher will receive a $500 stipend, reimbursement of the ITEEA annual conference registration fee, and the pair will receive a classroom kit of equipment valued at approximately $3,500.

For more information, such as teacher benefits and commitments, application forms, and details about the WaterBotics™ curriculum, please visit www.waterbotics.org/iteea, or email Jason.Sayres@stevens.edu.

For more information about ITEEA’s Long Beach Conference to be held March 15-17, 2012, go to www.iteea.org/Conference/conferenceguide.htm.

Questions can be directed to iteea@iteea.org or 703-860-2100.

External link: http://www.iteaconnect.org/Resources/PressRoom/2011/Nov/WaterboticsLB.pdf

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