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.
The 2-day WaterBotics Educator Workshops empower formal and informal educators to use the technology and WaterBotics curriculum in their classrooms, programs, organizations and schools. Waterbotics workshops require the following:
- TxGCP can offer a WaterBotics workshop if $15,000 in educator fees or grant funding are secured. Materials, license, consulting fees, etc. must be covered.
- 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/.
This project is not a priority currently for TxGCP.
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