author describe the book on the STEM Everyday Podcast
with Chris Woods.
Unlike other robotics books and curriculum, Rev Up
Robotics takes a cross-curricular approach, showing educators how to begin
incorporating robotics in tandem with computational thinking into content area
lessons or adapting for electives.
The book meets readers where they are and is arranged in three major parts.
Part 1 covers the basics, defining robotics and sharing real-world applications
along with how to teach foundational skills for computational thinking and
computer science. Part 2 shows robotics in practice within the context of
content areas and features lesson plans mapped to academic and technology
standards, including the ISTE Standards and the Computer Science Teachers
Association Standards. Part 3 offers advice on pedagogy and teaching strategies
backed by research from the learning sciences, and shares approaches to teaching
robotics using project-based learning or as part of after-school clubs or
The book includes:
- Programming considerations, including a pathway from
working with visual blocks to programming in C++.
- K-8 applicable resources from leading organizations,
including Carnegie Mellon, LEGO Education, littleBits, Ozobot, VEX Robotics,
Code.org and NASA.
- Actionable steps, pro tips and resources for getting
started, improving practice and preparing students for computational thinking,
programming, core coding concepts and computer science fundamentals.
- And much more!
The goal of Rev Up Robotics is to provide an
evergreen professional development resource that both teachers and schools can
use to discover how to incorporate computational thinking, robotics and computer
science into lessons that engage students and activate learning.
About the Author
Jorge Valenzuela is the lead educational coach at Lifelong
Learning Defined and a teacher at Old Dominion University. Additionally, he is a
national faculty of PBLWorks and a lead educator for littleBits. Jorge is the
2018 and 2019 awardee of ISTE’s Computer Science Excellence Award and ISTE’s
STEM Excellence Award. He is also the recipient of the 2018 Lynn
Barrier Engineering Leadership Award for his contributions to STEM education in
the Commonwealth of Virginia and a 2017 Emerging Leader honoree for the
International Technology and Engineering Educators Association. In the 2019-2020
school year, Jorge has joined the Empowered Learner magazine
advisory panel for ISTE and was recently appointed by the Governor of Virginia
to the Virginia STEM Education Commission.