I became an educator for Hillside in 2001. I graduated from Kean University with a BA in Education and went on to get 2 masters at Kean University, one in Math and Sicence and the other in administration. I have been teaching HEP for 6 years and it has been very rewarding. My students like HEP because of the opportunity they get from working with technology. Introducing students to programming provides a structured sequence of programming activities in real-world project-based contexts. These projects are designed to get students thinking about the patterns and structure of not just robotics, but also programming and problem-solving more generally.
Spheros - Imagine having a robot that you can control straight from your smartphone. Sounds pretty great, right? Well, you can stop daydreaming about it, because it's a real thing. It's called Sphero (for its spherical shape) and it can be both controlled and programmed directly from your phone or tablet via Bluetooth. You simply connect the robot just like you would any other Bluetooth device. It's really that simple.
3D printing is amazing. It gives you a tiny manufacturing plant and prototyping tool right inside your school, which your students can use to bring their imaginations to life. Give your students (and yourself!) the transformative opportunity to see what awesomeness they can create with 3D printing technology.