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Robotics Sessions Set for WVSTA

Thu Sep 23 2010

Educators at the annual conference of the West Virginia Science Teachers Association can learn how robotics can help them achieve their goals in teaching students in the STEM areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Dr. Meri Cummings, science resource teacher and lab manager at the Center for Educational Technologies® and director of the West Virginia FIRST LEGO League statewide tournament, will present two hands-on workshops called NXT Robots in Real STEM Education at the conference on Oct. 22. Oglebay Resort in Wheeling is hosting the conference.

Participants in Cummings' sessions will have a chance to work with the same programmable robots that students do at the annual statewide robotics competition, which will be held Dec. 11 at Wheeling Jesuit University.

Cummings presentations along with the robotics tournament are sponsored by the West Virginia Space Grant Consortium.

The FIRST LEGO League competition asks teams of children ages 9-14 to demonstrate problem-solving and research skills, creative thinking, teamwork, competitive play, sportsmanship, and sense of community as they build robots that can perform the functions required in the competition.