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Paper: Virtual NASA ND Teacher Workshop with Hands-on Robotics
Volume: 531, ASP2020: Embracing the Future: Astronomy Teaching and Public Engagement
Page: 219
Authors: Saad, M.; Nolby, C.
Abstract: To make online learning hands-on and experiential, the North Dakota Space Grant Consortium (NDSGC) and United Tribes Technical College (UTTC) led a 15-hour professional development teacher workshop on coding, NASA, and inclusivity for rural and Tribal communities. Twenty K-12 teachers received one Sphero Bolt robot before the start of our synchronous Zoom sessions. We worked with Sphero's education team, who led coding tutorials with the Bolts, guiding teachers in real-time to follow along and learn block coding, Javascript coding, content-specific coding, and more. Our keynote speaker from NASA Langley introduced teachers to My NASA Data, a resource for virtual instruction. Teachers left the workshop with a greater understanding of Sphero robots, online teaching strategies and tools (such as Zoom's chat features, Mural workspaces, and Kahoot quizzes), and NASA educator resources. This presentation will address the implementation strategies, best practices, and lessons learned from this workshop.
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