author describe the book on the STEM Everyday Podcast
with Chris Woods.
Author Jorge Valenzuela
lays out the foundational skills of computational thinking required for
programming with robotics.
Unlike other robotics books and curriculum, Rev Up Robotics takes a
cross-curricular approach, showing educators how to begin incorporating robotics
into their content area lessons and in conjunction with other subjects.
You’ll get an overview of standards-based skills that can be covered in
English language arts, math, science, social studies and robotics electives.
Teachers also get tips for selecting the robot that works for them and for
students, and details on the functions of gears, motors and sensors. Also
included is a deep dive into more advanced topics like the intersections of
computer science, mechanical engineering and electrical engineering with
robotics. Finally, you’ll find advice for getting students involved with
competitive robotics, and case studies that offer empirical evidence for using
robotics successfully in instruction.
• Shows how to help students recognize and apply the four
elements of computational thinking to familiar situations.
• Provides a
pathway from working with visual blocks to programming in C++.
building and programming robots, with tips for adding your own code and
• Demonstrates how to manipulate basic movement to better
understand the functions of gears, motors and sensors.
activities and examples for grade levels K-8, teachers come away with
easy-to-implement cross-curricular ideas to engage students in computer science
and engineering activities.
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.