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Resources,  May 07, 2008

OWIKIT - Robotics Kit and Curriculum

Created by RobotiKits Direct Company, OWIKITs provide accessible materials and instruction for those interested in robotic technology, giving users the tools to put together and operate a wide array of robots. The projects are both whimsical and engaging. Young people can work collaboratively to construct hopping frogs, probing moonwalkers, and remote-control beetles. Written by teachers, the curriculum features modules tailored for learners ages 9 and up that introduce concepts such as electricity, gear mechanics, and propulsion. The kits, which often employ microcomputers, are designed for a range of skill and experience levels, from an easy-to-assemble solar-powered race car in the junior science series to touch-sensitive robots in the advanced series....

Design Overview
OWIKITs present opportunities for youth inquiry and experimentation. The focus is on hands-on engagement of how and why things work. Some of the kits are quite simple and require little or no prior knowledge. Other kits are more challenging and require team effort and collaboration. The TEACHKIT and Elementary Technology Curriculum guide educators through the process of introducing materials and concepts associated with, for example, energy, basic mechanics, and circuitry. In addition, some of the curricular resources address social and ethical implications of technology, and outline activities that promote critical thinking about these issues.

URL: http://www.sedl.org/cgi-bin/mysql/afterschool/technology.cgi?resource=17
Posted by wrivenburgh on May 07, 2008 | Resources
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