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Engineering Manager Jessica Travels to Prague for Robotics in Education 2012

  • By: Published: 19 September, 2012 0 comments

One of my favorite aspects of my job is my ability to travel to all sorts of interesting places. I love meeting people and talking to them about Parallax and our awesome products.

Last week I had the pleasure of attending the 3rd Annual Robotics in Education Conference at Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic as an invited speaker. In attendance were teachers from over 20 different countries, presenting on topics ranging from the unnaturalness of technology to types of robotic competitions.

It’s always fascinating to learn about the teaching styles in other countries, and equally interesting to find that we all have common challenges. I spoke to the learning styles of students in the US, the changes we’ve seen with the surge of the Maker culture and how Parallax as a company is aiming to help teachers in this new age.

I also brought along some friends, Propeller Board of Education powered robots which roamed with the Ping))) Ultrasonic Sensor and played WAV files with the Veho 360 speaker. Attendees were intrigued with the idea of giving students an entire project first, and then going into the ‘nitty gritty’ of how the application works.

After the conference, attendees were invited to the 7th Annual Robotour Competition in Stromovky Park. The goal of the competition was to navigate their robots to different waypoints – while carrying a 5 liter barrel of beer. Contests ranged from university teams to sponsored robotics clubs and it was very fun to follow and cheer on each robot as it attempted to navigate the park.

All in all, I had a fantastic time in Prague and am grateful for the opportunity to learn and share with so many interesting and educated people. Here’s to Robotics in Education 2013!

~Jessica Uelmen