March/April 2017 – Vol. 29 No. 6

New Grant Opportunity for High School Teachers Working with Robots and STEM Education

Posted: Friday, October 11th, 2013

Aldebaran Robotics and Kids Talk Radio would like to help you become the recipient of up to $50,000 from a Specialized Secondary Programs (SSP) grant being offered by the California Department of Education.

Eligibility for this grant is limited to all comprehensive public high schools, continuation high schools, county offices of education, consortium of school districts, and theme-based public high schools. The SSP is expected to develop new standards-based model curriculum and provide varied instructional methodologies or organizational structures that promote advanced in-depth study of STEM subject areas. Programs selected for funding are structured so that participating students explore areas of study in a deeper way while developing knowledge and skills that will prepare them for post-secondary education and careers. The SSP funds must be spent for a new program or school rather than for maintenance of an existing program at a high school. 

The NAO Humanoid Robotics Education platform offered by Aldebaran Robotics is truly an ideal match for the requirements stipulated by the grant. The awarded funds will be more than sufficient for the purchase of up to two NAO packages.

Aldebaran Robotics is a worldwide leader in humanoid robotics and an academic partner with some of the most prestigious universities, secondary schools in the country. To further stimulate computer science education in CA secondary schools, Aldebaran Robotics created a new curriculum called Robotic Idol. This program includes a fully structured STEM curriculum, all the necessary equipment, and professional development your school would need. By adopting this program, your school will be able to join a first of its kind robotic dance competition, being hosted in California in the fall of 2014. We would love for your school to take part in this groundbreaking event with us.

Robotic Idol will be a programming based competition using the NAO platform, blending art and STEM education by incorporating dance with robotics. Our objective is to challenge your student’s creativity, critical thinking, and problem solving skills at all levels. The competition aims to highlight that computer science is more fun and attractive when learning to program with a humanoid robot.

To help make this easy for your school, Aldebaran Robotics would like to help by completing 80% of the application for you. All we ask is that you complete the rest and submit your application before the deadline on October 18th, 2013. Grant recipients will be chosen and notified by November 10th, 2013.

If you are interested in taking part in the application process, please email jdietrich@aldebaran-robotics.com or cvaudel@aldebaran-robotics.com.

We’re looking forward to seeing you at Robotic Idol.
CEDRIC VAUDEL
Americas Regional Manager
http://www.aldebaran-robotics.com
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fj82C4octwk

Written by California Science Teachers Association

California Science Teachers Association

CSTA represents science educators statewide—in every science discipline at every grade level, Kindergarten through University.

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