iRobot is helping to drive STEM education programs in the iRobot Cool Stuff Museum, where students can explore the building blocks of the world’s coolest robots. A freeiOS or Androidapp from Cuseum takes students on a tour of the museum, providing an opportunity to learn about iRobot’s rich history in robotics and gain inspiration. Steeped in innovation, the robots have revealed mysteries of the Great Pyramid of Giza, found harmful subsea oil in the Gulf of Mexico, and saved thousands of lives in areas of conflict and crisis around the globe. iRobot inspired the first Micro Rovers used by NASA, deployed the first ground robots used by US forces in conflict, brought the first self-navigating FDA-approved remote presence robots to hospitals, and introduced the first practical home robot, forging a path for a new category in home cleaning and other everyday activities.
With millions of dollars of ESSER funding (as well as other federal, state, and local grants) still available, the smartest edtech investments are the ones that meet the following criteria:
1. Are research-backed and deliver evidence-based solutions.
2. Provide flexible, ongoing professional development.
3. Offer hours of curriculum to support any subject.
Let’s dive deeper into each of these points to prove the case for bringing coding and robotics into young learners’ hands to support development of computational thinking and invaluable science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics (STEAM) skills.
Each month we publish blogs and newsletters full of digital learning, funding, professional growth, social media, and STEM resources. Below are items from our blogs and newsletters that educators turned to the most in May.