Professional Development at the ASDSA

posted May 31, 2014, 9:03 AM by Michael Backus   [ updated Jun 5, 2014, 7:53 PM ]
From May 27th to May 30th I offered a workshop at the Anchorage School District's Summer Academy. During the workshop, teachers built and programmed their own Nano Mice which they got to take home. Everyone hooked up all 3 sensors and wrote basic obstacle avoidance programs. A few were were even able to conquer the maze before the end of the last day. Others focused on writing an Android app to remote control their robot. Many learned to use the Makerbot Replicator 2 3D printer the Anchorage School District purchased to manufacture Nano Mouse frames (one teacher even pulled up a SketchUp model he had made and printed it after making a few modifications).

All in all, it was a fantastic group which made for a fun class. I look forward to offering it again next year. A big thanks to Kathryn Kurtz for making this happen and to Denise Buchanan for ordering the materials and running to the hardware store and the administrative office to pick up 3D printer supplies. Also a big thanks to Twindly Bridge Charter School for letting me bring soldering irons and various other tools. Last but not least, thanks to ExxonMobil for funding the purchase of the materials and the 3D printer.
Michael Backus,
Sep 27, 2014, 11:13 AM