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After Two Weeks At LocoRobo, High School Intern Aspires To Be A CEO

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After Two Weeks At LocoRobo, High School Intern Aspires To Be A CEO

- By Adero Mandala, Graduate of the Gilman School Class of 2017, Baltimore, MD For two weeks I was exposed to the life of a person that works for a startup Robotics company called LocoRobo. As an intern, I was given the opportunity to experience the different stages of a product from engineering to sales. My assigned tasks included programming, assembling, marketing and demonstrating the robots to prospective customers. Ever since I was introduced to the educational program that LocoRobo had to offer including the LocoXtreme robot, I was in awe of how they were able to explain the intricacies of...

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Science Teacher Discovers The Solution To An Age Old Classroom Dilemma

Science Teacher Discovers The Solution To An Age Old Classroom Dilemma

- Michael Pustie, Teacher, West Deptford High School I have been teaching science at West Deptford High School for 17 years. With the arrival of LocoRobo Academy this fall, my method of instruction has changed dramatically. I have been using LocoRobo’s Robotics and Coding platforms in my classroom for the last two years with the mission of developing an engineering curriculum. The new LocoRobo Academy lessons provide comprehensive instruction material that students can work with at their own pace. This allows me to use that core instruction as a basis for defining and delimiting  related engineering problems. The students spend class...

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What Happens When A Performing Arts Student Discovers Coding And Robotics

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What Happens When A Performing Arts Student Discovers Coding And Robotics

By Adriana Weiss, LocoRobo Summer Intern 2016 In the search of something engaging and unique to do this summer, I applied for an internship program through Founder.org. I was one of the ten students from my high school, Marin Academy, who had been selected to participate in this amazing program. I was surprised to find out that I had been paired with a robotics company across the country, in Philadelphia. I decided to take advantage of the opportunity visit Philadelphia, and work in a field I previously had very little experience in. After a week of working at home, primarily doing research...

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How Learning To Code Inspires Students To Take Risks

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How Learning To Code Inspires Students To Take Risks

Part 2 of 2 by Renee Di Pietro, Gifted Support Teacher, Penn-Delco School District Students from all backgrounds get stuck on what they believe themselves to be “good at” and “bad at” in terms of certain skills or subjects. Technology and computer sciences can sometimes help students to throw that mentality out. When you get them to give it a try, these are always the first words out of their mouths: this is not as hard as I thought it would be. They stutter it in disbelief at first and then you see their minds going. They are in it,...

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Why This English-Trained Teacher Decided to Teach Her Students Coding

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Why This English-Trained Teacher Decided to Teach Her Students Coding

Part 1 of 2 by Renee Di Pietro, Gifted Support Teacher, Penn-Delco School District By the time a student is graduating middle school, they most likely will not have had one single coding lesson throughout their middle school education -- for 2016 this is just short of crazy! This summer I offered to teach an Intro to Coding course for middle school students. Our registration resulted with half a small lab filled with eager students from 5th through 8th grade. Two students had heard of HTML. Mostly it is always a blank slate when I venture into coding with middle...

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