Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Teaches Math with Robotics

"Southeast Education Student Teaches Math with Robotics

Southeast Missouri State University senior Tyson Roth of Ste. Genevieve, Missouri, is fine-tuning his math teaching skills with the help of robots.
Roth, a middle school education major, is student teaching at the Danby-Rush Tower Middle School in the Jefferson R-7 district to fulfill his student-teaching requirements. He is assisting Hillary Hensley, a 2011 Southeast alumna, with STEM lessons and the use of LEGO® MINDSTORMS® robot kits to teach math and technology to seventh grade students.


“Tyson has been a great asset to my classroom. His content knowledge is exceptional and he was totally prepared to be in the classroom,” Hensley said. “Having a student teacher that is ready to be immersed in the classroom work from day one creates a dynamic classroom that supports student learning and gives them more resources.”


Read about how he’s using robotics to help students think outside the box while using the creative side of their brains to solve engineering problems.

On learning how to use robotics in the University’s EDvolution Center:
Dr. Bill Bratberg, the associate professor of middle and secondary education, suggested that I teach a lesson with the EDvolution Center’s robots for the Perryville School District. This project also tied in with what I was learning about teaching math. The lesson dealt with finding circumferences and programming the robots in a simulation that required the robot to capture an alien and return to earth. The district liked the lesson so much that they purchased robot kits and have introduced the lessons into their curriculum.
Working with the robots from the EDvolution Center helped me prepare for my student teaching at Jefferson. If I didn’t have that experience, the Jefferson students would have to teach me. The Center has great technology for preparing teachers to create hands-on lesson plans.


On why robotics helps his students learn:
The robots give the students an opportunity to apply what they are learning to hands-on projects. Sometimes, I tell them to just try. In the real world, engineers are going to test and to see what goes wrong and tweak it..."

Read the full article at its source:  http://news.semo.edu/southeast-education-student-teaches-math-with-robotics/

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