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Teaching Robotics: an Introduction

3 Credits
Today's app-enabled robots are more user-friendly than ever, geared towards learners of all ages and levels of experience. Robotics learning develops 21st century STEM skills including coding and engineering as students engage in play, innovation, creativity, critical thinking, problem solving, and collaboration.
This fully online course will introduce teachers to a variety of robotics tools and key applications that bring coding to life in the classroom. The readings and activities support the Common Core Mathematics Content and Practice Standards, the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), and the ISTE Standards for Computer Science Educators.
This course may be completed with or without students.

This course is applicable towards the STEM Teaching Certificate.

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Candi Reimer

As a beginning mathematics teacher at an urban high school, I quickly realized that drawing on student interests and experiences was essential to engaged learning. This insight has guided my work in education as a K-12 instructional coach, a developer of mathematics curriculum, and an instructor of professional development. My courses aim to create space for teachers to gather around relevant ideas and practical experiences as they deepen their knowledge and professional practice. Course topics reflect the concerns and curiosities of practicing teachers, equipping them to directly apply learning to classroom teaching. I value the diverse perspectives that Fresno Pacific University students bring to the learning community, and I hope that participants in my courses will be as inspired as I have been by the ideas and dialogue generated here.