WaterBotics Educator Training

WaterBotics is an exciting project and summer camp curriculum for students at the middle and high school levels in which they build fully submersible robots. Using a great variety of LEGO pieces, their robots become increasingly complex and able to complete sophisticated underwater tasks. In the process, the students gain knowledge in several areas of science, engineering, and technology.

The project is funded by the National Science Foundation, under the Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST) program. The Texas Girls Collaborative Project, with lead organizations Girlstart and the Women in Engineering Program at The University of Texas at Austin, is disseminating the curriculum across Texas as part of the NSF grant.

Informal organizations, museums, high schools, universities, STEM-focused organizations from all across Texas are trained on how to run an underwater robotics camp using the WaterBotics curriculum. It is highly recommended that organizations interested in participating have previous experience with LEGO Mindstorms.

Waterbotics workshops require the following:

  • Workshop cost is $1250 per educator and includes lunch and snacks both days as well as workshop consumables and materials and the curriculum license from Stevens Institute of Technology ((https://waterbotics.org/curriculum/license/). In addition, participants will be added to a Texas Water Works distribution/eCommunity for support, sharing, etc. beyond the workshop.
  • Educators participating in the workshop should have a familiarity with LEGO Mindstorms. The workshop will not go through the basics of LEGO Mindstorms.
  • A minimum of 12 educators are required for the workshop.
  • Educators will need to bring a laptop that has administrator access so we can install LEGO Mindstorms on them for the workshop (or they should come with LEGO Mindstorms already installed if they already have a license).
  • Equipment required for facilitating Water Works can be found at https://waterbotics.org/curriculum/equipment/.

A LEGO Mindstorms Bootcamp may be offered preceding the Waterbotics workshop to get any educator interested in the WaterBotics curriculum up to speed prior to the WaterBotics workshop. If you do not have familiarity with LEGO Mindstorms, it is HIGHLY recommended you participate in a bootcamp or LEGO Mindstorms training prior to the WaterBotics workshop. The Bootcamp typically costs $250 and includes lunch and snacks.

If you have any questions or would like to schedule a Waterbotics workshop, contact Tricia Berry at stem@txgcp.org

Organizations Trained on WaterBotics Curriculum

  • San Jacinto Jr. High, Midland ISD, Midland Texas, Midland
  • Science Chix, Houston
  • Sea Campus Kids, Texas A&M Galveston, Galveston
  • Skillpoint Alliance, Austin
  • South Texas College, McAllen
  • Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches
  • TECH CORPS Texas, Houston
  • Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service - Texas 4-H and Youth Development Program, Fort Stockton
  • Texas Space Grant Consortium, Austin
  • Texas State Technical College Waco, Waco
  • The Don Harrington Discovery Center, Amarillo
  • The University of Texas at Austin - Equal Opportunity in Engineering (EOE) Program, Austin
  • The University of Texas at Austin - Women in Engineering Program, Austin
  • The University of Texas at El Paso, College of Science, Math and Science Teacher Academy, El Paso
  • Transformation 2013 T-STEM Center, San Antonio / Austin
  • University of Texas at Tyler, Tyler
  • UTSA iTEC, San Antonio
  • Weslaco High School / Rio Grande Valley Science Association, Weslaco
  • Austin ISD - Science Department, Austin
  • Bastrop ISD, Bastrop
  • Baylor College of Medicine Academy at Ryan, Houston ISD, Houston
  • Boys & Girls Club of El Paso, El Paso
  • Clifton Middle School, Houston
  • Coordination of Robotics Education Program, University of Houston, College of Technology, Houston
  • E. B. Comstock Middle School, Dallas ISD, Dallas
  • El Paso ISD - Andress HS, El Paso
  • Girl Scouts of Central Texas - Summer Camp Program, Austin
  • Girl Scouts of Central Texas - Tech Girls High School Program, Austin
  • Girls Inc of San Antonio, San Antonio
  • Girlstart, Austin
  • Huston-Tillotson University - College of Arts and Sciences, Austin
  • Illumination Education, Inc, Arlington
  • Informal Science Learning Associates (ISLA) of Laredo, Laredo
  • KIDS XPLORE, Houston
  • Laredo ISD, Laredo
  • Mackenzie Middle School, Lubbock ISD, Lubbock
  • M.C. Williams Middle School, Houston ISD, Houston
  • Mid-Cities Destination Imagination, Arlington
  • Pflugerville ISD- John B. Connally High School, Austin
  • Pittsburg High School, Robotics, Pittsburg
  • Pleasanton High School/ Pleasanton ISD, Pleasanton