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Event: Robotics with Blockly PD Course

Title: Robotics with Blockly PD Course Event Presenter: Parallax Inc Event Date: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 - 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Event Link: Parallax Educator's Course Application Form Event Location: Elkader, IA

How to Register

Registration for this class is currently full, but we are still taking applications for the wait list.

All educators interested in taking this course must apply by filling out the following form:

Parallax Educator's Course Application Form

Filling out this form is required, but is not a guarantee of attendance. We will contact you with details once your application is approved. There is no fee for attending this course.

Registration questions?  Call the Parallax Educator Hotline at 916-625-6801, or email education@parallax.com.

Elkader Educator's Course

Course Details

This course is geared toward middle school and high school educators, though all educators middle school through college are invited to apply. The Robotics with BlocklyProp course will be an engaging one-day STEM Professional Development featuring Blockly graphical programming and the ActivityBot robot.

Join Parallax’s educational team for a hands-on exploration of BlocklyProp—our new implementation of the Google Blockly visual programming language. Learn about robotics and product design using the Propeller multicore microcontroller, ActivityBot robot, sensors, and displays. Parallax’s BlocklyProp system provides a solution for running a class where students can use graphical programming or C. Students who have used Scratch or Blockly for screen programming will pick up this tool quite easily. This flexibility speeds skill acquisition, reduces frustration, and provides a STEM/STEAM learning experience where students can achieve success in a short class period but also develop bigger semester-long projects and designs.

  • Date: March 21, 2018
  • Place: Keystone AEA Main Office, 1400 Second Street NW, Elkader, IA 52043-9564
  • Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Instructor: Matt Matz
  • Bring your own: Laptop computer running Windows 7/8/8/10 (not RT), Mac OS, or a Chromebook.
  • Working lunch, Subway platter or bring your own

Course Content

  • Included in the course is an ActivityBot 360 Robot Kit and additional hardware.
  • The ActivityBot will be built and programmed and then we'll move to a project-specific focus. It will include discussion and tips for implementing these topics into your classroom.
  • Learning objectives: build and program an ActivityBot; program a microcontroller by writing programs that display messages, remember values, make computations with math operators, and interact with external circuits; and build circuits to apply principles of electronics, including voltage, resistance, current, signal generation, and signal monitoring.
  • Parallax tutorials, standards correlations, and an answer key for educators. We will show you how to apply our Blockly system in semester-long courses with a specific parts kit and syllabus.

Have questions about our robots and educational resources? Call the Parallax Educator Hotline at 916-625-6801 or email education@parallax.com.

PD Class