Walnut Creek, Calif. November 16, 2015 -- CUE is excited to announce that during this school year teachers and administrators can sign up for a STEAMpunk Mobile Lab, which consists of a set of classroom-ready robot drones that will be delivered to their school to help jump start STEAM activities in the classroom. Jon Corippo, CUE Director of Academic Innovation explained: “We realize that Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math -- also known as STEAM -- is very interesting to many teachers, but what holds them back from getting started is the investment the hardware and supplies require.” CUE decided to help schools tackle this issue by developing the CUE STEAMpunk Program. CUE will ship a set of devices to an educator or school site for a three-week interval. “Four or five drones is enough to get some stations going and to let the kids and the educators see what the device will really do in a full-class session,” Corippo said. “The goal is to get tools in the hands of educators and administrators so they can test drive them and feel confident if they decide to purchase them down the road.”
The initial CUE STEAMpunk Mobile Lab features the easy-to-use and versatile Sphero robotic ball (generously donated by Sphero) and features a “Quick start guide” and fun custom startup lessons authored by Dr. Sam Patterson (@sampatue). The CUE STEAMpunk Program currently has two Mobile Labs (with five Spheros each), which can be reserved by filling out a request at CUE.org/steampunk. There are three requirements for reserving one of the Mobile Labs from the STEAMpunk Program. First, materials/devices must be kept in good condition. Second, they must be returned promptly. Third, the lessons must be documented in some way -- e.g., educators can send in pictures of the tools in action with students, can blog about the lesson, or they can provide details on Facebook or other social media sites. Complete instructions on documenting lessons are listed at CUE.org/steampunk. The Sphero kits already have a waiting list, so educators should “CUE up” right away.
The CUE STEAMpunk experts: Brian Briggs (@bribriggs), Vicki Sedgwick (@visionsbyvicky) and Sara Boucher (@msgeekyteach) are busy creating more Mobile Labs, with rumors of quadcopters, droids and other geeky tools running rampant. The CUE STEAMpunk Program will have a STEAMpunk Showcase at the CUE 2016 National Conference, March 17 - 19, in Palm Springs, California.
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