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STEM+C: Integrating Coding and Hand-Held Robots into Math and Science Classrooms

April 6 @ 8:30 am2:30 pm

STEM+C Coding 20240406Professional learning opportunity open to all grade 2–8 teachers in Maine
Sponsored by the Maine STEM Partnership at the RiSE Center, University of Maine
Facilitated by Jim Fratini (Hermon MS), Casey Murphy (All Saints Catholic School, Bangor)

Training on how to use, code, and troubleshoot the robots will be included, so no computer science experience is required!

Saturday, April 6, 2024, 8:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m., University of Maine, Orono
Lunch is provided

During this one-day session teachers will learn ways to implement computer science into grades 2 through 8 math and science classrooms. Hand-held robots can be used to increase motivation, extend learning, and reinforce key concepts in both science and math. In this professional learning workshop, participants will be introduced to two common classroom robots: the Edison and the Sphero. 

Workshop leaders will present lessons that they have successfully used in their classrooms at both the elementary and middle school levels. Although some lessons are connected to the lessons from the SEPUP curriculum, many are stand-alone lessons that can be adapted to use in any science and/or mathematics curriculum. These lessons can be taught with any of the currently available robotic kits including Edison Robotics, LEGO Spike, and Spheros. 

Participants will have the opportunity to explore presented lessons, learn how to code the Edison and the Sphero, and brainstorm how they could implement computer science learning into their own classroom, while meeting math and science learning targets. 

Led by experienced professional learning facilitators:

  • Jim Fratini – science teacher, Hermon Middle School
  • Casey Murphy – technology teacher, All Saints Catholic School, Bangor

Please bring a laptop and the interest to learn!

Register now!

$275 registration fee. If your school or district has agreed to pay for this professional learning opportunity, you can select “Invoice (Enter School or District Billing Info)” at checkout.

Teachers will receive a stipend of $150 and 5 contact hours for full participation!

To request a reasonable accessibility accommodation to participate, please submit a request form and/or contact the RiSE Center: or 207-581-4672.

The University of Maine System is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution.


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