We are all in the middle of watching history unfold as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Schools and businesses are closing, and there is uncertainty as to when they will reopen, let alone when things will get back to “normal.”
Even though they are shut down by the Coronavirus (COVID-19), many schools are still trying to provide valuable services to their communities. Additionally, many teachers are being asked to continue to try to teach their students via online and distance learning.
Since its inception, this blog has tried to provide practical and thought-provoking discussions centered on STEM, educational robotics, and the art of classroom teaching. With the closing of schools across the country and the world, we are shifting our focus on how to help teachers and parents keep children inspired by STEM while they are at home.
Some Helpful Resources
Utilizing Your VEX Robot At Home:
If your students have access to a VEX IQ or V5 robot at home, STEM Labs are a great way to keep them engaged with STEM. If you want to know how to organize the STEM Labs based on your preferences or needs, we’ve created pacing guides to help you organize instruction.
Example of our 6-week IQ Cumulative Pacing Guide
No Access to Your Robot?
Of course, you and your students may not have a robot at home. In response, we are currently working very hard to provide you with an option for students to continue learning Computer Science with VEXcode VR while they are at home.
This image is a preview of VEXcode VR, a way to use VEXcode to program a virtual VEX robot directly from your browser – no installation needed. This is an example of how VEX Robotics is rapidly moving to provide an option for our community of teachers, mentors, parents, and students. In the upcoming days stay connected with VEX social media for more updates on VEXcode VR.
Long Term Solutions for Being At Home:
We understand that budgets may be limited during this time. For those who are looking for an affordable robotics kit to bring home, we recommend these products:
United As One:
On a personal note, the uncertainty that we face today reminds me of when I was teaching during the days immediately following September 11th, 2001. Then, as now, uncertainty can lead to anxiety. As teachers, our focus has always been on the safety and well-being of our students. Let’s try to take this time to find creative ways to support each other as teachers and share ways that we can support our students.