Thursday, July 11, 2013

Podcast Episode #7: Robotics and Literacy Learning - STEM and English Language Arts Connected

Featuring Host, Mark Gura’s Interview with Leisha Hoot of LEGO Education

Click arrow above to listen to the podcast -  
The interview starts at 7:28

This episode features a spirited discussion about how LEGO’s WeDo Robotics materials are used effectively to foster Literacy learning in classrooms and beyond.  An overview of easy robotics, appropriate for young students is followed by discussions of how teachers can practically use this approach for a variety of powerful literacy strategies.

Important Links

LEGO Education / WeDo

Leisha's Links
WeDo Common Core and NGSS Correlations – on this page under the Resources tab:

Tufts Activities: and search for WeDo.  One of my favorites is “A Chair for Mr. Bear”

Articles discussed in the podcast:

(Washington Post) The Answer Sheet / How to Integrate Literacy with STEM
(Charlotte Observer) Fourth-graders turn Legos into robots 
YouTube videos of WeDO Robotics:

(This one’s a very good)  Overview Video of WeDo robotics

Another Worthwhile Overview

The videos below clearly demonstrate the connection between Robotics (and communications technologies) and Speaking and Listening, key literacy skills.

WeDo Curriculum Links

Click on book cover for information on Getting Started with LEGO Robotics.

Anyone who works with kids can do LEGO Robotics, a rich and highly motivating platform for important STEM Learning! (surprisingly affordable, too) This books explains it all!