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Friday, June 9 • 10:10am - 12:20pm
Bringing CS to Life for Students Using Physical and Virtual Robotics

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One of the well documented issues with computer science is getting students excited and engaged with the idea of coding. Physical robotics allows students to see their coding come to life. Various platforms have been used to introduce students to CS at a young age, but few have the vertical integration as seen with VEX Robotics. From Pre-K to the collegiate level, students can code physical robots, making 'Drive forward' the new "Hello, World!"

When the COVID-19 pandemic broke out, physical robots in a face-to-face classroom became an impossibility. A virtual robot program was quickly developed to function with a familiar coding platform to provide students and teachers with an alternative robotic solution that could be used from anywhere. This has become a staple of classrooms across the world with over 3.6 million unique users to date.

In this session, attendees will learn about the robotics platforms used by students of various ages in the VEX Robotics continuum. In particular, attendees will be coding their own physical and virtual robots using the Castle Crasher challenge for VEX 123 and VEXcode VR. They will learn how activities like Castle Crasher can engage students of all ages with CS.

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Alaina Caulkett

Senior Education Developer, VEX Robotics
Alaina Caulkett is a Senior Education Developer with VEX Robotics. Prior to joining the team at VEX, Alaina worked in museum and informal education for a number of years, bringing engaging, fun, educational experiences to students from Hawaii to Pittsburgh. Alaina has a background... Read More →

Friday June 9, 2023 10:10am - 12:20pm MDT