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Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching

From the MA State House yesterday. Here I am standing next to Commissioner of Education Mitchell Chester receiving a plaque for being one of three elementary science teacher finalists in the state for a Presidential Award for Excellence in Math … Continue reading

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Introduction to JavaScript Lesson

 What is JavaScript and why is it useful? Static versus dynamic HTML Static – always the same Dynamic – can change depending on user actions and input, create games JS runs in the browser – is interpreted Full programming language … Continue reading

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WeDo Getting Started for First Grade

I have been using the LEGO Education supplied getting started activities for many years with my first grade students.  We do them together usually in circle.  Week one is the motor, week 2 most of the gears, and week 3 … Continue reading

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Review of Elementary Robotics

My book got a nice review on LegoEngineering.com http://www.legoengineering.com/elementary-robotics-book-review/

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The Power of Wireless Projector Connection

This is a real incident from a  study I just completed that compared teacher use of technology with and without wireless projection systems.  I found that these systems changed the spatial arrangements in the classroom as well as the reach … Continue reading

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New Burglar Alarm Posters

Here are some nice example of grade 4 burglar alarm ad posters from this year.  Students have an open-ended engineering challenge of building a prototype burglar alarm.  Next, they design an ad poster and make a pitch at a simulated … Continue reading

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Space Challenge Ready To Go

My enrichment students have finished building all the LEGO EV3 Space Challenge pieces and are ready to take on the challenge missions!

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Found This Note on a Robot Kit Today

    We found this note from two of last year’s sixth graders on one of the robotics kits.  It was very satisfying to find this note.  The two boys were so proud of their accomplishments. “This kit was the … Continue reading

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Elementary Robotics Book Talk – June 19, 2014 – Meekins Library, Williamsburg

Author’s Talk John Heffernan Elementary Robotics: Sustaining the Natural Engineering Instincts of Children Thursday, June 19, 2014 7 PM to 8 PM 2 Williams Street, Williamsburg, MA 01341 413-268-7472 Toddlers, preschoolers, and kindergarteners are natural engineers. They love sand castles, … Continue reading

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Drumming Monkey – The Science of Rhythm

I have struggled for years with the science experiment part of the LEGO WeDo Drumming Monkey robot. The experiment workshop tells the students to write down “What I see or hear.” Without further instruction, second grade students tend to write … Continue reading

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