tag:satellite.posthaven.com,2013:/posts CREATE Lab Satellite Network 2018-10-01T15:07:38Z CREATE Lab tag:satellite.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1327796 2018-10-01T14:39:32Z 2018-10-01T15:07:38Z Reflections on Summer Robotics Workshops with ABC CREATE
by: Colleen Smith
Penn State New Kensington

What do teachers do on the last days of summer?  Sign up for a robotics workshop - with their own kids!  Teachers with kids often cherish the time in the summer with their families and are hesitant to pursue professional development opportunities as they don't want to lose that precious time.  At ABC CREATE, we invite the kids to join in!  It's a win-win.

For the past two summers, ABC CREATE has hosted Hummingbird Robotics trainings in August that have involved teachers learning alongside their kids and creating Arts & Bots projects together.  We adopted this approach last year when a teacher asked if she could bring her son.  The ABC CREATE teachers who led last year’s training (Sue Mellon from Allegheny Valley and Michelle Thomas from Kiski) were happy to have kids in the mix, so we opened up the session to allow all attendees to bring their school-aged children.  It worked beautifully! We knew we had an idea worth repeating, so we did it again this year.

Kelsey Derringer, from Birdbrain Technologies, facilitated both our Hummingbird Robotics with micro:bits and our Finch Robot sessions in early August 2018.  When we first discussed what the training sessions would look like, I asked if she'd be willing to allow teachers' kids to attend. She was very receptive to the idea and maybe even a bit intrigued.  We went for it, and it turned out so well that I even agreed to write this blog post about it. 

photo: Nico Segall Tobon for Remake Learning

Observations and Reflections:

  • It was very helpful for the teachers to watch how their kids and other teachers’ kids in the room absorbed the robotics experience.
  • Some of the teachers noted that they thought kids learn differently.  As digital natives, the kids had no fear of “hurting” the technologies.  While that was a bit off-putting for the teachers who approached robotics with a bit more hesitation, it was also gratifying for them to realize that the students in their classrooms would take to this easily and that, as teachers, they wouldn’t have to be the experts in the room.
  • We had some great reflections on the growth mindset.  Several of the kids in the room had experienced robotics and/or coding before while many of the teachers hadn’t.  Once we opened the discussion to experiences and not to innate abilities, the educators (and some of the kids for whom this was new territory) were able to acknowledge that they may not be moving along as quickly because these were ideas that they hadn’t been exposed to … YET. 
  • Watching the kids (and some were elementary aged) thrive with robotics, encouraged the teachers.  “If a 4th grader can do this, so can I!”
  • The kids were very comfortable in the creative technology space.  They were quick with ideas and not afraid to figure out how to make them work.  It was okay when it didn’t all work perfectly in the time we had to build. 
  •  Both teachers and kids were quite proud of their creations and their coding skills – and very interested in learning from one another’s creations.
  • It was lots of fun watching teachers ask kids and kids ask teachers for help in working something out.  Not all the teachers had kids with them, and the exchanges of information and support were sometimes within the teacher-parent/student-child groupings and sometimes beyond from a teacher to another’s child, from a teacher to a teacher and from a student to a student.  The unspoken realization that all were bringing skills and creativity to the table in mutually beneficial ways was quietly powerful. 
  • Teachers could quickly see the progression of learning with robotics, coding, and engineering.  Having a group of mixed ages and experience levels really allowed the teachers to see possibilities for differentiation and for building upon skills.  Kids and teachers who had prior experience with Hummingbird Robotics were able to move forward with more advanced coding (some even moved to text-based coding) and with more complex mechanisms and engineering skills. 
  • Teachers appreciated getting to test out their own learning while simultaneously observing student learning.
  • Not every teacher-parent/student-child pairing proceeding perfectly throughout the day; even in those moments, the culture in the workshop was one of learning and reflection.  I heard discussion of what they learned about working together and how they might do things differently next time. Gotta love the opportunity for iterations and the growth mindset – in all its forms.
  • When adding kids in to the mix, be sure your menu includes some pizza.
  • Having kids engaged in the professional learning for teachers does require the presenter to be very thoughtful and to be prepared to accommodate the perspectives and goals of both audiences.  Carefully developed reflection prompts and classroom integration discussions that address both sets of learners can add depth and dimension to the experiences for everyone.

We were lucky enough to have a photographer visit us during one of our August trainings (thanks, Nico), and when I look at the pictures, I can feel the moments.  The moments of discovery, collaboration, creativity, pride …. Not bad for a professional development in August.  And not a bad way to spend some time with your kids before summer’s over, either!  

Learn more about ABC CREATE here.


tag:satellite.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1273935 2018-04-17T17:48:07Z 2018-04-17T17:48:07Z When Nothing Is Something: Exploring Global Refugee Flow

Algebra students at The Campus School put their research and data analysis skills to the test as they evaluated the truth of a statement about global migration patterns. Students first explained how to rate the reliability of an information source, using information such the web address suffix (.gov & .edu indicate reliability), past experience with a site, or cross verification of data with another site.

Their task was to use data to assess the validity of a statement “caravans of people (are) coming through Mexico to cross U.S. border...”given three data sources. Students received an article from Politifact, a graphic from an MSNBC news broadcast, and a link to the Global Refugee Flow Explorable, provided by CMU's CREATE Lab.

As soon as they opened the site mapping Global Refugee Flow  https://explorables.cmucreatelab.org/explorables/annual-refugees/examples/webgl-timemachine/, the comments began to fly. “What are the colors?” “What happened in 2007?” “What’s going on in Russia? Is that Ukraine?” Once students had time to find their way in the Explorable, they turned to the task of graphing data from the article and comparing it to the news broadcast graphic. Each indicated a general decline in numbers of refugees entering the US.

“There’s nothing happening in North America!” was the consensus comment when students returned to evaluate their graphs in terms of the Refugee Flow Map. What was merely an academic conclusion from the static graphs became a full-fledged outcry when viewed on the Map. Students experienced the reality that sometimes an absence of data is also a revelation. They concluded that the statement represented an exaggeration of actual contitions, based on their three data sources. 

Read more about the Explorable at:  https://www.fastcompany.com/40423720/watch-the-movements-of-every-refugee-on-earth-since-the-year-2000?utm_source=mailchimp&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=fcdaily-top&position=1&partner=newsletter&campaign_date=05312017


tag:satellite.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1248155 2018-02-15T19:54:48Z 2018-02-15T19:54:49Z Carlow University's 'Do > Happen'

Do > Happen

Building a concept with circuit blocks and language arts

The primary classes of the Campus School were early adopters of the Childrens’ Innovation Project curriculum and circuit block materials. Teachers continued to deepen students’ experience with persistence, observation, and other valuable intangible skills by incorporating themes of the curriculum into students’ daily work.      

When teachers discovered the works of author Herve Tullet, they were inspired to design and adopt various “do > happen” activities utilizing his books.  Montessori kindergarten students first had a read-aloud experience with Press Here, which allowed children to interact with the book and provides opportunities for prediction.  Students then explored the “do > happen’ relationship with an activity with a color mixing using colored pencils. 

The activity wrapped up with students playing the Press Here game!  The game, consisting of patterned game boards and a set of colored dots, asked students to consider where to best place a dot on one of the game boards.  After placing a dot, the child explained how the dot fit where it was placed.  The rest of the students discussed and indicated whether they agreed or disagreed, leading to a group consensus. While playing the game children observed, predicted, and collaborated with one another, while engaging in logical thinking, and using precise language.

tag:satellite.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1229916 2018-01-10T20:17:32Z 2018-07-31T23:22:25Z STEM Best Practices Conference

Dr. Suzy Cox and Dr. Bill Heyborne recently presented on the CREATE Satellite Network at the Utah STEM Best Practices Conference held June 20th in Provo, Utah. Their session, attended by approximately 60 teachers and other STEM professionals, introduced the work of the CREATE Lab and described the opportunities, for Utah teachers, available through the satellite partners at Utah Valley University and Southern Utah University. Four projects were highlighted, including Giga Pan, Message From Me, Finch, and Arts and Bots. The teachers were enthusiastic about the potential for the projects in their classrooms and asked a host of insightful questions. In addition to leading a session, Dr. Cox and Dr. Heyborne also staffed a both in the vendor area of the conference. Here they were able to demonstrate the four projects, share information, allow teachers, and other interested parties, to ask questions about the network, and have some fun playing with the technology. 

tag:satellite.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1168581 2017-06-28T20:06:56Z 2018-07-31T23:23:07Z Arts & Bots and Global Awareness and Autism

I had the distinct pleasure today to teach the first ever class in the Utah Valley University Melisa Nellesen Center for Autism DURING the ribbon-cutting ceremony - think media coverage, large crowds, heightened emotion. So, what did I teach?

Arts & Bots, of course!

For this event, we combined the final exam periods for our Elementary Education pre-service program Instructional Media and Creative Arts Methods courses into a 4-hour experience. We discussed the mission of the CREATE Lab - to empower children of all walks of life, and particularly those who are underserved, at-risk, and perhaps on the Autism spectrum, to learn and grow and succeed. We then spent some time getting familiar with the Hummingbird board and all of its inputs and outputs and practicing some basic computer science concepts before getting to their task.

The learning target for the day was to: Represent a local, regional, national, or global issue you are concerned about using visual art and robotic components. They were inspired by a model created by an 11-year old, using fine art as backdrops for the life cycle and endangered status of sea turtles. They then created their own works through re-mixing and creation of original pieces that explored the issues of climate change, poverty, diverse classrooms, and more.

This was an eye-opening experience for these future teachers as they considered how technology, arts, and project-based learning might both hugely benefit broad populations of students and simultaneously cover more curriculum across more subjects in less time than traditional, sequential teaching methods.

It was an honor and a privilege to teach in this context today, using Arts & Bots as a vehicle to communicate love and concern for all children in our school system!​

tag:satellite.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1134923 2017-02-28T15:55:23Z 2017-03-01T16:30:05Z Exploring World Cultures through GigaPan

Stay calm and eat apples...

Campus School world languages teacher, Linda Wallen, discovered that fourth graders are not crazy about conversing in their target language. She found, however, that they were happy to give voice to the rubber ducks that inhabit “Ducky World”. In each of the past three years, students were challenged to immerse themselves in a specific environment where their target language was spoken. This year students explored Fez, Morocco, combining their study of world languages with their creative and engineering skills. Students enhanced this year’s World with the addition of electric circuits to provide lighting to the citizens. GigaPan photography allows the viewer to capture the scope of the construction as well as to explore such delightful surprises as "Garder le calme et manger des pommes."

Garder le calme et manger des pommes.... or Stay Calm and Eat Apples. Scroll around the above GigaPan to find this advice.

Past Ducky Worlds represented Lyon and Orleans, France and Chichicastenengo and Solola, Guatemala. To view them, visit here and here.

tag:satellite.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1131270 2017-02-14T16:26:24Z 2018-07-31T23:24:10Z Utah gets artsy (and botsy) as new Satellites receive Arts & Bots training

"I feel more prepared to try coding with my 5th graders"
says LeAnne Jones, Iron County School District teacher 

On the first weekend of February, Satellite Network partner ASSET STEM Education led an Arts & Bots workshop for Utah CREATE Lab Satellites. 

28 faculty and partner educators from Southern Utah University Center for STEM Teaching and Learning (SUU), Utah Valley University School of Education (UVU) and Utah STEM Action Center (that is coordinating the expansion of the Satellite Network into Utah) participated in the two-day workshop. Participants learned everything from identifying components to programming a robot using 5 different languages, including the new BirdBlox app based programming via iPads. Here is what some participants had to say about the experience:

Suzy Cox, Associate Professor at UVU:

This training was a valuable first step in orienting our school and district partners toward not just the use of coding and robotics in the classroom, but the types of thinking that these activities help to develop across the curriculum. We are excited for the next step, and already have partners who are ready to integrate Arts & Bots into their instruction. Plus, it was so fun to combine coding and creativity!

Bill Heyborne, Associate Professor at SUU:

We had the opportunity to train five elementary school teachers and four university faculty on the use of Arts & Bots. We are so excited to begin using this project in our teaching and professional development. In fact, it only took one of our teacher partners 2 days to begin using the technology with her students. We look forward to a long partnership with the CREATE Lab on this exciting and timely project.

Darwin Deming, Science Teacher, Mount Nebo Junior High:

At first the training for the Arts and Bots seemed like it would be applicable to only a technology class, but as we went through the training, it was apparent that it could be applied to a variety of curriculum. The trick is you need to get creative!

Lynae Puckett, School Librarian, North Elementary:

The Hummingbirds are an excellent fit for my library makerspace. I started the 5th graders in my school just a few days after I came back from the workshop. We've already talked about the different components and their possible uses. The next time they rotate through we will start making the connection between the hardware and programming pieces. I really enjoyed the workshop. The facilitators were patient and enthusiastic, and I have a lot of great ideas for applications at my school.

Cecily Heiner, Assistant Professor at SUU:

I thought the cup-bot project was cool because it was so simple and still helped people learn electronics and robotics, and I thought the concept of using painters tape and hot glue to hold things together and still be able to re-use them was also great! I think you should add string and maybe balloons or tubes to your stuff stash for building robots.

CREATE Lab Satellites in Utah and this workshop made possible by Infosys Foundation USA

tag:satellite.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1128553 2017-02-03T22:21:08Z 2018-07-31T23:25:36Z Messages from Hollis Innovation Academy

Message from Me goes to Atlanta

"The Message from Me training allowed the Hollis teachers to learn how to utilize technology in their classrooms to help their students develop stronger communication skills. This unique app is developed with kids in mind, and teachers at Hollis have already begun implementing the program in their classrooms. I'm excited to see what comes next." - Tamara Peason, CEISMC

On January 28, 12 teachers from the Washington Cluster of Atlanta Public Schools attended a Message from Me workshop at Hollis Innovation Academy.  The training was hosted by PAEYC’s Katie Gullone and the CREATE Lab's Emily Hamner, in partnership with CEISMC, the CREATE Lab Satellite in Atlanta

(pictured above: Katie and Emily walk participants through the MFM setup)

The day began with an overview of how young children typically use technology in the classroom. Teachers and trainers discussed ways that Message From Me can start student-centered conversations in the Washington Cluster.

Participants then used their iPads to photograph student activities in their school and shared them using the Message From Me app.

(pictured above: Teachers take photos to share on MFM)

(pictured above: CEISMC's Tamara Pearson helps participants set up MFM, including Hollis principal, Diamond Jack)

Through an ongoing partnership with CESIMC and the CREATE Lab, teachers at the Hollis Innovation Academy plan to implement the program school-wide in the 2017-2018 school year.

This work is supported by the Infosys Foundation

tag:satellite.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1122671 2017-01-12T17:54:07Z 2018-07-31T23:26:08Z Robots Makes the World Go Round

CEISMC is kicking off Arts & Bots in Atlanta

With Infosys Foundation USA and Blank Family Foundation support, Arts & Bots is making its way to Atlanta. This Monday CEISMC, the local CREATE Lab Satellite, hosted a workshop at Hollis Innovation Academy team. The training was lead by BirdBrain Technologies LLC with support from the CREATE LabCheck out what participants had to say below. Also, check out what was going down during the training via social media.

"The training gave me the tools needed to incorporate Arts and Bots and the EL curriculum to implement the lesson within my classroom. I enjoyed working with my colleagues to build a robot that made the Earth spin. Enjoyable experience; loved the collaboration aspect of programming"

"The Arts and Bots training was so inspiring. I can't wait to see what my students do with Hummingbird."

"Today's experience was fun, imaginative and creative. I enjoyed working with my peers on creating a robot."

"I appreciated having the opportunity to explore in building and programming. I also appreciated the opportunity to grapple and have productive struggle as we collaborated on building our robot. I thoroughly enjoyed this experience."

"I enjoyed collaborating with my team and experiencing the challenges that many of my students will face as they create their project."

tag:satellite.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1114135 2016-12-09T14:58:45Z 2018-07-31T23:26:39Z Utah Satellites Zoom into GigaPan
"I cannot tell you how excited I am," wrote Kerstin Bolton, a teacher from North Elementary school in Cedar City that participated at a GigaPan workshop at Southern Utah University this November. Bolton used the GigaPan website the next morning in her classroom. "I used a picture of Rome to start our discussion for our lesson. Every one of my students was engaged in the conversation and in awe of the details they could see when we zoomed in on the picture. They are very eager to create their own GigaPan picture!"

At the workshop, members of the Marshall University CREATE Lab Satellite shared GigaPan techniques and practices with teams from the new Satellites at Utah Valley University and Southern Utah University and some of the partners they support. The new Satellites will be offering professional development, support and GigaPan equipment lending library to the educators they serve. This work is made possible by generous support from Infosys Foundation USA

Read on to hear what some of the participants had to say and check out some of their great work: 

Bill Heyborne of Southern Utah University - "The opportunities for using this technology for engaging our students is endless. We anticipate tremendous usage in the coming months and years," said Heyborne, who leads the Satellite at Southern Utah University. "The faculty from the SUU Center for Teaching and Learning are very excited to begin using GigaPan in our professional development activities, as well as with our own University students."/p>

Southern Utah University Upper Quad by Bill Heyborne (SUU) 

Kerstin Bolton of North Elementary - "The training on the GigaPan was highly engaging. The hands-on component, as well as the printed directions and support, from trainers made learning the process of setting up and utilizing the GigaPan a breeze. To further enhance the training there were several in-depth conversations discussing applications of the GigaPan, resources, and website. I was able to immediately return to school the next day and not only access but utilize the resources which were available. My students were highly engaged and excited at new learning opportunities. "

SUU College Of Education Stained Glass by Krista Ruggles (UVU)

Jackie Grant of Southern Utah University - "Because I am a part of the Southern Utah University Semester in the Parks program, I was exceptionally interested in learning how to use Gigapan technology from the CREATE team. We take our students to national parks all over the region, which gives us a phenomenal opportunity to use Gigapan to introduce students to each park's unique resources. After a day of working with the CREATE team, I felt confident about using the equipment and integrating it in my courses."

Alisa Petersen of Southern Utah University - "I loved the GigaPan training. It was great to be able to explore the website and talk about it as a group of educators. I was not surprised at how many really different and interesting ideas the participants had about how to use the online resources with different student populations. I also enjoyed getting to use the technology. I felt that the written directions about how to prepare the camera settings and assemble the camera, tripod, and GigaPan were so thorough and helpful. I was pleased with how easy the stitch software was to use.

I have lots of ideas for using GigaPan and introducing it to teachers and students in our area. I am planning to teach an introductory session at the statewide Utah Art Educators Conference in February for K-12 arts teachers. In the summer I will host a two day workshop at SUU for elementary classroom teachers and arts teachers about how to use GigaPan and Visual Thinking Strategies.

I'm even finding all kind of applications for GigaPan on campus at SUU. Just today I recommended the GigaPan website to an honors professor who is teaching a freshman cohort in SUU's Jumpstart program. They are studying National Parks this year. I think GigaPan is a perfect tool for them."

Outside Roots of Knowledge by Susy Cox (UVU)
tag:satellite.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1108677 2016-11-16T19:51:13Z 2017-01-05T17:49:25Z Circuit Blocks Get Gritty

From Carlow's Campus School:

What teacher wouldn’t love to have a class of students who could employ the habits of mind to notice, wonder and persist in their daily learning?

The faculty of The Campus School adopted Angela Duckworth’s Grit as this year’s discussion book. They have read and explored methods for extending focus on building persistence into experiences for intermediate and middle-level students. A compelling example of this new teaching model was developed by The Campus School’s primary department.

In kindergarten through second grade, students of The Campus School develop the productive habits to notice, wonder and persist while building circuits to learn about electricity. Their lessons encourage them to step through the process of close examination of materials along with trial and error testing to build complete circuits. In later lessons, they employ and build switches to control the flow of electricity. Second graders then apply their learning to construct an electrified city, combining their knowledge of circuitry with engineering and construction skills. 

Kindergarten students build and sketch circuits.

City buildings waiting for installation of their wiring.

Second graders use Squishy Circuits to electrify their city.

tag:satellite.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1104916 2016-11-02T15:11:03Z 2017-01-31T23:01:23Z New Satellites & partners make trek to Pittsburgh

If you haven't heard already, the Satellite Network has expanded beyond the Western Pennsylvania and West Virginia region to include CREATE Lab Satellites in Atlanta and Utah.

With great support from the Infosys Foundation USA, CREATE Lab has established partners in both areas to provide educators with tools and training to help their students learn about technology and adapt it to their individual and community needs.

The new satellites made their first visit this summer to begin exploring technology and develop ways of implementation.

The visit went great! Just ask our new partners...

Alisa Petersen of Southern Utah University - "I felt honored to visit the CREATE Lab. My visit gave me a much clearer understanding of the Lab and its purpose. Seeing how Satellite partners at multiple universities are using the CREATE technologies in diverse ways within their K-12 networks helped me understand how well this project will fit into SUU's existing programs and partnerships. I am looking forward to sharing these technologies with educators and children here in Utah."

Tamara Pearson of Georgia Tech's CEISMC - "I truly enjoyed learning more about the vision and possibilities that exist within the satellite network.  Meeting the other partners, hearing about the exciting tools, and engaging in rich and meaningful discussions left me inspired to develop ways to engage youth in Atlanta in technology for social good."

Vessela Ilieva of Utah Valley University - "Visiting the CREATE lab was a rich experience of becoming more knowledgeable of the lab projects and their K-12 applications. The school visit created a context for specific classroom implementations and stimulated discussions about learning opportunities with the projects."

Lizanne Destefano of Georgia Tech and CEISMC - "Wonderful to recognize that we are part of a vibrant, diverse network."

Ray Whittier of Cedar North Elementary in Utah - "We enjoyed two inspiring days at CMU that helped us to see the possibilities of what we can do with CREATE Lab products. We flew home with confidence and creativity--ready to implement!"

Tami Goetz of Utah STEM Action Center - "The ability to see the projects in action, in the schools with kids and teachers, was fantastic! Talking to the CREATE Lab team helped me to not only see how we can implement their projects in Utah, but I see numerous other opportunities to collaborate with them."

Bill Heyborne of SUU Center for STEM Teaching and Learning - "What a great experience getting to meet the CREATE Lab Network team! At a time when there seems to be so much wrong with education in this country, uniting with this group to talk about something so fun, fresh and engaging, gave me renewed hope for finding solutions to some of our toughest educational problems."

tag:satellite.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1097654 2016-10-10T20:29:37Z 2016-10-10T20:29:37Z A Home for Speck

Carlow’s Outdoor Classroom, located on the campus grounds, is adjacent to the school bus drop off lanes. Members of the community have wondered about the effects on air quality of idling cars, buses, trucks and taxis waiting to pick up students and residents and to deliver produce and other supplies.

Through a partnership with the Sisters of Mercy and other generous benefactors, the Carlow Satellite recently dedicated an Outdoor Classroom where students will be able to explore the question of how plants affect air quality.

Students from Pre-K to 8 are tending to the garden’s plants in preparation for further investigation. Through classroom experiences, they’ll prepare to use the Speck monitors to design an investigation and quantify their findings.

Stay tuned to hear more as the students investigate.


tag:satellite.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1092208 2016-10-06T17:27:38Z 2016-10-06T17:27:38Z Welcome the new Satellite Network website!

As the CREATE Lab Satellite Network celebrates 5 years of developing, validating, and sharing creative technology best practices in education, the network gets a shiny new website to match. 

Check it out now --> satellite.cmucreatelab.org

The new site is a venue for the Satellite Network to showcase their projects, broad impact, and reach as a mean to better tell our story.

To get the most out of the site watch the filtering tool tutorial below: 

tag:satellite.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1097664 2016-10-05T16:00:00Z 2018-08-01T00:12:33Z New Satellite using Finch for lower elementary students.

Traditionally, the Finch robot has been predominantly used by older students. That is until our new Stellite in Utah gets their hands on them...

In coordination with The Utah STEM Action Center and Infosys Foundation USA, Southern Utah University is establishing themselves as a CREATE Lab Satellite. One of their major projects will utilize Finch Robots which allow children as young as kindergarten to program and operate a fun and simple robot. Souther Utah will be one of few organizations using this technology for a younger audience. 

Souther Utah will also be using Arts & Bots and GigaPan

Click here for more information on the new Satellites in Utah and Atlanta. 

For more details on our partners in Utah check out their press release

tag:satellite.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1127722 2016-05-03T13:33:00Z 2017-01-31T23:11:18Z CREATE Lab and Infosys Foundation USA forging partnership

Carnegie Mellon University's CREATE Lab has received a grant from Infosys Foundation USA to expand the CREATE Lab Satellite Network. The CREATE Lab explores socially meaningful innovation to empower a technologically fluent generation and everyday citizens.

“We are thankful for Infosys Foundation USA’s support,” said CREATE Lab Director of Outreach, Dror Yaron. “Collaborating with them and their extended community enables us to work with like-minded groups who share our passion to enable people from all walks of life to create socially meaningful innovation.”

CREATE Lab and Infosys Foundation USA have identified Salt Lake City and Atlanta as initial locations for the Satellite labs.

Together with key partners CREATE Lab has identified the Washington cluster of Atlanta Public Schools as an area of great need and opportunity. The initial Satellite development and efforts will start there with a new K-8 STEM Academy, scheduled to open in Washington this fall.  This will be the centerpiece and demonstration site in Atlanta. Key partners in Atlanta are Georgia State, Georgia Tech, CEISMC, Atlanta Public Schools, and the Blank Foundation.

In Utah, the Lab and Infosys Foundation USA are working with Tamara Goetz, director of Utah’s STEM Action Center. The STEM Action Center prioritizes STEM education, which works to develop Utah’s workforce of the future. The program drives research and implementation of STEM education best practices across Utah.

Vandana Sikka, Chairperson, Infosys Foundation USA, said, “The Carnegie Mellon CREATE Lab is a wonderful combination of innovative hands-on technology programs and local community action.  By combining these powerful forces we can empower the next generation of students with the creative confidence to be successful.”

About Infosys Foundation USA

Infosys Foundation USA is focused on bridging the digital divide in America by supporting high quality computer science education and coding skills with a particular focus on under-represented communities. It aims to give children and young adults the skills they need to become creators, not just consumers, of technology.  In pursuit of this mission, in 2015 alone, the Foundation has partnered with many internationally acclaimed non-profits and institutions like Code.org, New York Academy of Sciences, DonorsChoose.org, and the CREATE Lab at Carnegie Mellon University. In addition, Infosys Foundation USA recently committed a million dollars to the Infy Maker Awards to inspire makers across the U.S. to demonstrate creative excellence in making projects with genuine impact.


Learn more at infosys.org/USA and follow on Twitter @InfyFoundation or Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/InfosysFoundationUSA


tag:satellite.posthaven.com,2013:Post/938775 2015-11-24T21:44:49Z 2015-11-24T21:45:07Z 2015 CREATE Lab Satellite Network Retreat Group Photo and Video

This year we tried 360 degrees video and photo

tag:satellite.posthaven.com,2013:Post/900047 2015-09-03T18:09:35Z 2015-09-03T18:09:42Z Imagination, Innovation and Creating Robots from Scratch

The imagination of a child is said to be limitless. Great thinkers, from Albert Einstein to Dr. Seuss, sang praises of the power of imagination and its effect on learning and success. This summer, ASSET STEM Education™ put students’ imaginations to the test during its inaugural Engineer Your Summer Fun summer camp—and saw glowing results. One program in particular, Arts & Bots, developed by ASSET STEM Education in association with Community Robotics, Education and Technology Empowerment Lab (CREATE Lab) at Carnegie Mellon University, prompted summer campers to combine craft materials, robotic components, programming tools and a healthy dose of imagination to build and animate robotic creations. Campers used recycled materials and CREATE Lab’s Visual Programmer software to build and program their own robot. This course, typically provided as professional development to educators, is a true multidisciplinary course, combining art and technology to fashion moving, talking, one-of-a-kind creations.

ASSET camp educators provided materials like cereal boxes, construction paper and cardboard boxes and hands-on, concrete opportunities for campers to learn about coding and programming before designing and creating their robot. Special attention was given to the components of the Hummingbird Duo™ kit, the hardware used in conjunction with Visual Programmer software, and how these components attached to the controller and worked alongside one another. Campers then used what they learned—along with their own imagination and innovation—to produce their robotic creations.

At the close of summer camp, students shared their robots—and the successes and failures that inched them closer to a final product. Creating a working robot is a small victory; learning that it’s okay to fail on the road to success is a lifelong lesson.

To browse other hands-on, minds-on out-of-school learning opportunities for your students, like Arts & Bots, visit ASSET’s site.

tag:satellite.posthaven.com,2013:Post/900084 2015-09-01T17:13:10Z 2018-01-15T16:21:18Z GigaPan in the Elementary School Garden

At North Elementary School, we have 34 outdoor raised garden beds plus a pumpkin patch and pollinator garden areas. We utilize these beds plus EarthBoxes and grow-carts in the classroom to teach science, mathematics, English language arts, and other disciplines.

Portion of GigaPan Image of North Elementary School Garden (full image: http://gigapan.com/gigapans/159073 )

For the last 2 years, we also have integrated GigaPan into our garden-based learning projects.  This summer (2015), we have started to transfer what we have learned to other elementary schools in West Virginia.  This has involved preservice teachers who have learned the GigaPan technology and designed learning cycle units that embed GigaPan images of gardens and nature.

Goldfinch awaiting breakfast:  He’ll need to wait until the sunflower seed head matures! (Full image at http://www.gigapan.com/gigapans/174487 )

Check out the lesson plans here.

The transfer to other schools also has included a summer (2015) workshop on GigaPan in the Garden for teachers and other educators throughout WV (agenda follows).

tag:satellite.posthaven.com,2013:Post/900017 2015-09-01T14:42:15Z 2015-09-01T14:42:15Z Developing Logic and Mathematics with Early Childhood Arts & Bots

This past summer - graduate students at Carlow University programmed hummingbird kits using visual programmer for an Arts & Bots project in a course entitled Developing Logic and Mathematics in Early Childhood Education. This was the first attempt at computer programming for these students.  The students explored how this type of project connects science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics and how integrated projects can fulfill multiple Next Generation Science Standards and address practices, crosscutting concepts, and core disciplinary ideas in creative and innovative ways.

And here are their bots in action.
tag:satellite.posthaven.com,2013:Post/900011 2015-09-01T14:19:39Z 2015-09-01T14:19:39Z High School Freshman Mentors and Engages Elementary Girls In STEM Robotics

For 14-year-old Fox Chapel Area School District freshman Annika Urban, teaching comes naturally. Annika is used to public speaking, and when she does have a podium, it is usually to share her knowledge and passion for STEM with others. Being interviewed for videos and in the media, speaking in front of her peers, teaching classes, presenting at conferences, showcasing her work at national competitions, and even meeting the President, these are all part of Annika's repertoire.

As part of the Fox Chapel Area School District's focus on encouraging STEM, Annika, along with two of her friends, co-taught an elementary summer programming class last summer. Wanting to continue teaching STEM classes to young students this summer, she started a new outreach program called SENSE (Student Exploration Network for Science and Engineering). SENSE is supported by the District and funded from Annika's $1,000 2nd place award in Engineering at the 2014 Broadcom MASTERS competition. The first course series would be focused on teaching robotics and empowering girls in STEM-related fields.

“I love teaching younger kids skills like robotics and computer programming-- watching the kids learn new skills and become so excited when they accomplish the task that they have been working so hard on is amazing.”

On August 18-20, 2015, Annika hosted eight young girls in O'Hara Elementary's Digital Dream Studio maker space. The girls, entering grades 4-6, begin exploring the world of programming, robotics, design, and STEM career pathways. Focusing on girls was a special priority as fewer women pursue science and engineering majors than men (AAUW, 2010). Annika and the District hope that these sessions could be a bridge to closing that gap.

Using the Hummingbird Robotics Kit and encouraging a positive growth mindset, the young female students were able to move through the process of understanding both the technical challenges of programming and building, as well as begin to understand how robotics interface with and affect the real world.

Students explored how they currently interact with robots and learned about the initial programming and sensor interaction process, servo manipulation, and the design process. During the three-day series, Annika guided the students to areas of deeper learning and strengthened their individual and group confidence through challenges and activities that fostered supportive conversation and constructive critique. On the final day, students were asked to consider human-controlled interaction (HCI) and create their own original robot moving from initial design, to programming, building, prototyping, showcasing, and sharing.

Annika and FCASD plant to continue the SENSE series in programming and robotics throughout the year and into next summer.


Robotics Session: Poster

Robotics Session: Lesson Plans

Robotics Session: Day 1 Slides

Written by Scott Hand, Reposted from FCASD.edu with permission

tag:satellite.posthaven.com,2013:Post/900102 2015-08-31T17:40:00Z 2018-01-15T16:21:27Z GigaPan Garden Lesson Plans
A collection of lesson plans for garden based GigaPan learning from James Rye, West Virginia University, North Elementary School.

Berry, Berry, Quite Contrary

Garden-Based Learning

Courtney's Growing GigaPan Garden

Exploring Pollinators

tag:satellite.posthaven.com,2013:Post/900009 2015-08-31T16:00:00Z 2018-01-15T16:21:40Z Creative Robotics Through Arts & Bots Presentation

From Brett Slezak, Phys Ed teacher at AVSD – part of ABC CREATE

tag:satellite.posthaven.com,2013:Post/900041 2015-08-31T16:00:00Z 2018-01-15T16:21:25Z Biomechanics Arts & Bots Lesson Plans

Arts and Bots lesson plans for 7th grade Health/Phys Ed class.

From Brett Slezak, Phys Ed teacher at AVSD – part of ABC CREATE

tag:satellite.posthaven.com,2013:Post/895061 2015-08-18T14:46:29Z 2018-01-15T16:18:31Z June Harless Center Hosted “Camp CREATE” In Gilbert, WV

Gilbert, W.Va. - The June Harless Center for Rural Educational Research and Development, part of the College of Education at Marshall University, offered “Camp Create” at the Larry Joe Harless Community Center in Gilbert, W.Va., July 14-17th. “Camp Create” – which was held in memory of James H. “Buck” Harless - focused on engaging children with real technology and creative robotics while integrating the arts. This year’s theme was Jurassic World; the children created dinosaur robots.

Arts & Bots is a program created by the Carnegie Mellon Create Lab at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA. The children used the visual programming software to program their robots to move, light up, and audio voice-overs. Each child created his or her own robot, which was displayed at the community center. A showcase of the creative robots was held for the families and community. 

Tytus Endicott works during Camp Create using Visual Programming software to program his tetradactyl robot.

Madelyn Billups uses the visual programming software to program the tree in the dinosaurs environment to rotate 360 degrees.

During the showcase, Jaelyn Blofsky, demonstrated the program she created for her dinosaur robot to move.

Family and community members watch as Eli Hagy programs his tyrannosaurus rex.

Left to right clockwise: Issac Jewell, Jonah Mahon, and Ben Wilson work during Camp Create to build and program their robots.

Grace Ellis created an environment for her dinosaur robot. Community members observe and interact with camp participants during the showcase.

Jaeden Osborne created a sequence on the visual programming software to go along with her dinosaur robot.

tag:satellite.posthaven.com,2013:Post/803548 2015-01-27T23:57:06Z 2015-08-27T18:31:38Z STEAM Showcase @ Carlow CREATE Lab Satellite

The projects on display in this showcase represent learning experiences constructed by our faculty to prepare students with 21st century skills.

•       Student science research projects
•       Robotics activities
•       CREATE Lab Satellite Projects
•       The 1-to-1 Computing Initiative
•       Interdisciplinary Projects in Fine Arts, Language Arts, Math, Religion, Science, Social Studies

Family Night
JANUARY 28, 2015
6 – 8 pm
Meet our student scientists

St. Agnes Center, on the Carlow University Campus
3333 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

We recognize the value of interdisciplinary investigation,
and the inspiration that results from the convergence of different disciplines.

tag:satellite.posthaven.com,2013:Post/759923 2014-10-31T18:30:01Z 2015-08-27T19:07:06Z Pre-service Teachers Play with Arts & Bots

Dr. Harold Blanco's CI 350 (instructional technology) class is made up of Pre-K - 12 pre-service teachers. The class spent 3 weeks building robots as apart of Marshall University's satellite work. The training included using the equipment, programing the software, and integrating the technology into their unit plans. View some of the highlights below and check out all their bots here.

tag:satellite.posthaven.com,2013:Post/747214 2014-10-03T15:27:02Z 2015-08-27T18:35:09Z Remarks to the WV Board of Education

Last year we attended the West Virginia Board of Education meeting to introduce them to the Satellite Network...this year we returned to to update them on the Network's activities in West Virginia over the last year

The people in the group photo, from left to right, are:
Karen Savitz, ASSET STEM Education
Jeffrey Carver, West Virginia University
Jessica Meyers, ASSET STEM Education
Rachel Hite, CREATE Lab
Lou Karas, West Liberty University
Dror Yaron, CREATE Lab
Carrie Beth Dean, Marshall University
Stan Maynard, Marshall University

I’m Lou Karas, Director of the Center for Arts & Education at West Liberty University. I’m here today with my colleagues from the CREATE Lab Satellite Network. With me are Dror Yaron and Rachel Hite from the CREATE Lab at Carnegie Mellon University; Stan Maynard and Carrie Beth Dean from the Harless Center at Marshall University; Jeffrey Carver from the College of Education and Human Services at West Virginia University and Jessica Meyers and Karen Savitz from ASSET STEM Education.

Last fall, professor Illah Nourbakhsh the Director of CREATE Lab at Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Institute shared with the you the story and vision of the CREATE Lab and its Satellite Network.

We’re here today to give you a brief update on the work of the CREATE Satellite Network in West Virginia.

Over the past three years the CREATE Lab Satellite Network has grown from a partnership between the CREATE Lab and the school of education at Marshall University, to a network including Marshall, West Liberty, West Virginia University, and Carlow University as well as ASSET STEM Education. Each Satellite team adapts and uses the CREATE Lab innovations in a locally meaningful way with the educators and future educators they support. Similarly, working closely with the CREATE Lab, the Satellites bring their communities’ needs to bear on the technology innovation process.

As the Satellite Network model of outreach is gaining traction and in light of its rapid growth, we recognize now is an appropriate time to invite more perspectives and stakeholders to the table, as we consider how to meaningfully direct and leverage the momentum and resources at hand. This has resulted in the formation of an advisory board that will meet for the first time later this fall at West Liberty.

Over the past year, the satellite partners have worked, throughout the state, with over 1,200 children, Pre-K through 12th grade and more than 700 educators, both teachers in the field and pre-service students at the three universities.

We are empowering a technologically fluent generation through experiential learning opportunities in and outside of school. The technology is the raw material, a tool for a child to use to explore and address real world issues, to learn - and communicate - about their own environment and perspective.

We’ve been able to take new technology tools from the desk of an engineer at Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Institute to the hands of a child in rural West Virginia, making them among the first to gain access to these innovations. Each of the Satellites not only provides training on the use of these technology tools but also, in many instances, is also able to lend the tools to teachers throughout the state.

Our work with children has focused on using four of the CREATE Lab technologies.

Message from Me enables young children to better communicate with their significant adults about their daytime activities at early childhood programs through the use of digital cameras, microphones, e-mail, phone messaging and other technologies. Originally developed using adapted computer kiosks, the program now uses an app developed for the i-pad.

The Harless Center has been at the forefront of using Message from Me in their Pre-K classroom and sharing their experiences with others around the state.

The Children’s Innovation Project takes a broad interdisciplinary and integrated learning approach, focusing on creative exploration, expression and innovation with technology. Children explore and learn about electricity through hands-on engagement with a kit of components designed for young hands. Utilizing this learning, children disassemble toys, identify components and then repurpose and reconfigure these internal components into new circuits, empowering them with new relationships and understandings of their world.

The Harless Center has also taken the lead in the use of the Children’s Innovation Project in West Virginia schools. In addition ASSET and Carlow University are developing professional development programs, which will be shared with the Satellite partners for their use.

The third program is Arts & Bots. The Hummingbird robotics kit is designed to enable engineering and robotics activities for ages 10 and up that involve the making of robots and kinetic sculptures built out of a combination of kit parts and craft materials. Hummingbird provides a great way to introduce kids to robotics and engineering with construction materials that they are already familiar with. Hummingbirds have been used in nearly every aspect of the curriculum: teachers and students have completed Hummingbird units in science, art, math, history, english, drama, poetry, and character education classes. The kits have also been used in numerous summer camps, after-school programs and other community-based environments.

When Ilah was here last fall, he shared the news that the CREATE Lab had been awarded a three-year $1.5 million National Science Foundation grant to support the “Creative Robotics” project, an innovative program that introduces robotic technology into non-technical middle school classes. It is the intent of the research project is to identify and nurture students with an affinity for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

All 7th and 8th grade students at Springdale Junior-Senior High School in the Allegheny Valley School District outside of Pittsburgh and all 6th, 7th and 8th grade students in the Mingo County Schools — a total of 900 children annually — are using the robotic kits developed at Carnegie Mellon University. They will use the kits to complete at least one project or assignment each year in required courses such as health, earth science and language arts.

The project also includes faculty members and pre-service educators in the schools of education at Marshall and West Liberty universities. We are working with CMU researchers to develop the curriculum and integrate the project into both existing and new courses for our students.

GigaPan is an earthly adaptation of NASA’s Mars Rover imaging technology - GigaPan helps bring distant communities and peoples together through images that have so much detail that they are, themselves, the objects of exploration, discovery, and wonder. Using a small robotic device, point and shoot camera, stitching software, interactive online platforms and large-scale prints, GigaPan is enabling people to explore, experience, and share each other's world.

West Virginia University is working with North Elementary School in Morgantown, to train the teacher to both use gigpan images as well as generating their own gigapan images.  The technology integration of Gigpan is being conducted in and around the Garden Based Learning project at the school.  The ability to take super high resolution images during the garden growing season and then utilizing those images during the non-growing months in the winter allows teachers to extend the garden based learning curriculum through the non-gardening months. 

At West Liberty, we have incorporated learning how to use the GigaPan images and technology into several courses in the professional education program. We are also working with the art teachers in Ohio County Schools supporting them in the integration of GigaPan into their classrooms.

A key focus of the Satellite Network is to provide professional development opportunities for both teachers in Pre-K through 12th grade settings around the state –and- for our pre-service students. We have presented at conferences throughout the state included the West Virginia Technology conference and the West Virginia Art Education Association conference. The partners have provided opportunities ranging from GigaPan workshops lasting a few hours to weeklong Creative Robotics programs. It is important to note, that these programs are only the beginning of our work with teachers. Each Satellite provides on-going support to the teachers.

We are emphasizing the integration of the CREATE Lab resources into pre-service education because we believe it is important for our future teachers to learn these skills and technologies throughout their undergraduate years so they will be fully prepared to integrate them into their classrooms. ASSET, as our newest partner, will be involved in the expansion of this work.

I would like to acknowledge the amazing work done by Debbie Workman, Carrie-Meghan Quick Blanco and Cathy Walker. They devoted countless hours building the programs and services of the first Satellite site at the Harless Center. Over the summer, Debbie and Cathy retired and Carrie-Meghan moved on to another position. Their enthusiastic support has helped the other two Satellite sites get off the ground.

I would also be remise if I didn’t acknowledge the support of Benedum Foundation and Jim Denova. Jim has not only provided financial support for our work but has also shared connections and given us guidance as we expand the Network’s programs and services.

Looking ahead, next spring, The CREATE Lab Satellite Network and The Sprout Fund are partnering to present the first annual Creative Tech Conference: Best Practices of Creative Technology in Education on April 21 through the 23 in Pittsburgh. The Creative Tech Conference will ignite productive dialogue and spur the exchange of ideas about the use of creative technologies (or creative use of technologies) in education, teaching, and learning.  

The conference will feature two tracks of programming: Practice and Ecosystems. The Practice track will feature educators sharing ideas and stories around their methods and experiences with integrating technology creatively and successfully into their classrooms and programs. The Ecosystems track will focus on discussions about the networks and conditions that support and empower meaningful technology practice in education. We hope you will consider joining us for the conference.

In the mean time, we also invite you to visit us at Marshall, West Liberty and WVU to see the work of the CREATE Lab Satellite Network in action this school year.

Thank you.

Lou Karas, Director of the Center for Arts & Education at West Liberty University

tag:satellite.posthaven.com,2013:Post/722850 2014-08-04T17:14:12Z 2015-08-27T18:33:54Z Arts & Bots in Harrison County, WV

Having recently partnered with the West Virginia University CREATE Lab Satellite to include Arts & Bots as part of their “Hot Science Camp” week, The Harrison County Community Center raved about the experience.  The science camp was a combination of two summer camp groups, and included 35 students ranging in age from third grade to sixth grade, all from low income families in Harrison County.  

Campers were instantly engaged. After a short presentation on the basics of engineering, participants unpacked the hummingbird box and practiced with the software. They then began designing their robots on paper, following the rules of at least one motor, at least one light, at least one something else, multiple expressions, and at least one sequence. The kids quickly took over the computers, excitedly programming and building their robots.  Despite being chaotic, as active science always is, camp leaders at the Community Center said it was likely the best day of the week. The campers seemed enthralled by their work with Arts & Bots, and when asked if they would like a 2 or 3 day experience with this, they all wanted more! 

In addition to participating in "Hot Science Camp" this summer, WVU's CREATE Lab Satellite has also been working with the Children's Discovery Museum of West Virginia to offer robotics days for early elementary and preschool aged children. Two Arts & Bots sessions were held at the museum so far this summer, with participants ranging in age from four to nine years old. 

Link to tv report: http://www.wboy.com/story/26167268/harrison-county-energy-express-combines-art-with-robots

tag:satellite.posthaven.com,2013:Post/719798 2014-07-11T13:47:00Z 2015-08-27T18:34:20Z Camp CREATE at Mingo County

The CREATE Lab Satellite team at Marshall University's June Harless Center is running the first of three summer Arts & Bots camps this week in Mingo County, WV. Watch the full TV story here!

This week--more than three dozen students in southern West Virginia are exploring the fields of science, technology, and art. Empty juice containers, shoe boxes, and toilet paper rolls aren't the most technical objects, but these recycled materials are exactly what students are using to build robots at "Camp Create" this week in Gilbert. "It's really just about engaging children in something fun and exciting that's technology based," said Tarabeth Brumfield, program development office for the Harless Center of Marshall University. Students are using computer programs to tell their robots how to perform different functions. "We learned what everything does and how to wire it," said student Dylan Glasscock. And students are loving every minute of the design process. "I'm really into this stuff and I love science in school," said Skyler Mounts, Camp Create student. Mounts has already gotten her robot's eyes to blink and the arms to move. She's even working on getting it to talk! "I think that this will help me a lot in science because I'm moving up to middle school, and I'm sure that they have a lot of projects like this," said Mounts. Camp Create organizers hope students are energized by what they're learning to help them excel in the fields of science and math.. "The great thing about children is they're not intimidated at all. So to put real tools, real robotics components in the hands of them at 7, 8, 9, 10, then that just gets them prepared for the content that they're going to need, gets them excited about what they want to do for the future," said Brumfield. And that goes beyond school and into the hundreds of career opportunities open to kids who go into technology-related fields. "I've had children this week say they're an engineer or they're an artist, but how do you combine those skills to make a job for the 21st century? So that's what these programs are all about," said Brumfield. If you'd like to check out to finished robots these kids are making for yourself, Camp Create students will showcase their work Friday, July 11th from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Harless Center in Gilbert.