RoboBlocky is an integrated learning environment (ILE) for learning math with coding and robotics. The C-STEM Math and CS with Robotics Curriculum (including Mathematics with Robotics, Computer Science with Robotics, and Afterschool and Summer Robotics Camps and Robotics-Math Canps , and RoboPlay Competitions) supports K-12 students for both personalized and integrated learning of math and computer science. The curriculum:
"I like how I can use the curriculum to integrate coding and hands on math to bring math alive for the students …Fun, exciting, and lots of opportunities for kids to learn from their mistakes."
--- Catherine Ouellette, Kindergarten Teacher
"The RoboBlocky curriculum is a godsend for distance learning! Thanks!"
--- Robert Beckett, High School Robotics Teacher
“RoboBlocky is awesome! Bringing programming to life with the Linkbot! The materials and online curriculum are fantastic.”
--- Margaret Willett, 9-12th Grade CS Teacher
These freely available activities are designed to be student self-guided. Students can complete these activities on their own or teachers can lead them. See the User's Guide for Getting Started with Free Curriculum on Robotics, CS, and Math to learn how to use this free curriculum.
The Prime Curriculum below is for authorized instructors and their students for classroom or expanded learning. The math courses in this curriculum are compliant with the Common Core Math Standards (and, in some cases, standards of certain states). Alignment information for many popular math textbooks is also included. Most lessons for Computer Science with Robotics curriculum have accompanying video tutorials. The CS courses, compliant with Computer Science Standards, are complementary with math courses at each grade level. The curriculum supports students for both personalized and collaborative learning in multiple contexts, including classroom, remediation, intervention, supplemental, enrichment, acceleration, and expanded learning.
For licensing information for access to the Prime Curriculum and the RoboBlocky Class Management System for instructors, please contact us.
The Common-Core-compliant Mathematics with Robotics curriculum employs hands-on computing and robotics activities to boost students’ interest and engagement in learning math (they learn while having fun!):
Explore thousands of Common Core compliant lessons and activities
Help make meaningful connections between abstract math concepts and real-life applications
Develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills
Allow personalized learning and exploration
Conduct collaborative learning and teamwork
Customize your use: Teachers may use the lessons and activities sequentially, following the suggested order in each grade-level course, or as a supplemental tool, choosing from among them as appropriate and needed (including activities from different grade levels to personalize activities for the variety of student levels in a class). The activities may also be used for both formative and summative assessments.
Prior coding or robotics experience is not required. We recommend that instructors review the "Getting Started with RoboBlocky" series of video lessons, which cover the basics of RoboBlocky. Instructors may then communicate the key concepts to their students, as appropriate, and/or have their students in Grade 3+ also view the videos.
The Mathematics with Robotics curriculum has had proven success in increasing student engagement and learning. One school in the Los Angeles area saw its 3rd grade math standardized test passing rate increase from 51% to 88% over a four year period, an increase of 72%! View 3rd grade students from this school with robots in action in this video, and see more of K-2 students learning math with coding and robotics in both English and Spanish through distance learning here.
Increase in Standard SBAC Math Scores by 72% over 4 Years!
More success stories can be found here.
The Computer Science Standards compliant Computer Science with Robotics curriculum motivates and engages students in learning fundamentals of computer science (CS) by using hands-on interactive robotics lessons and activities with virtual and/or hardware robots. In addition students gain experience and skills in:
Logical thinking and reasoning
Reading, following directions, and sequential thinking
Spatial relations and fine motor coordination
Mathematical modeling and graphing
Scientific explorations and error analysis
Arts (music and drawing) and design
Personalized learning and exploration
Collaborative learning and teamwork skills
Makerspaces and building their own robots as culminating projects with hardware
Making the transition from block-based coding to text-based programming in C/C++
Physical computing using Arduino with electronics and sensors (Grades 3+)
Creative storytelling as comprehensive projects for collaboration and distance learning (Grade 5+)
Sensor-based robotics (Grade 6+)
Creating lessons/activities for others to use (Grades 9-12)
Each course in the curriculum, independent of others, is tailored for a specific grade taking into account cognitive abilities and math levels. Prior coding or robotics experience is not required for each grade level. Each course may be used as a stand-alone curriculum, to supplement existing courses (science, art, etc.), or to support the corresponding Mathematics with Robotics course above.
|Robotics Camp: Grades TK-K||Robotics Camp: Grades 1-2||Robotics Camp: Grades 3-5||Robotics Camp: Grades 6-8||Robotics Camp: Grades 9-12|
Afterschool and Summer Robotics Camps are designed for our partners to host for their students locally. The camps focus on the cognitive and socio-emotional aspects of learning, alleviate some of the distress caused by the pandemic, and bring fun back to learning. The camps emphasize hands-on learning of computer programming and robotics. Participants build robotic machines and learn coding, engineering, science, art, and music via robotics. Teamwork and communication skills are also emphasized.
|Robotics-Math Camp: Grades TK-K||Robotics-Math Camp: Grades 1-2||Robotics-Math Camp: Grades 3-5||Robotics-Math Camp: Grades 6-8||Robotics-Math Camp: Grades 9-12|
Afterschool and Summer Robotics-Math Camps are designed for our partners to host for their students locally. The camps focus on the cognitive and socio-emotional aspects of learning, alleviate some of the distress caused by the pandemic, and bring fun back to learning. The camps empower K-12 students for accelerated and deeper learning of math through programming and robotics projects and the solution of real-world problems using math concepts, and at the same time provide students with recreational and teamwork opportunities. The camps emphasize hands-on learning, integrated with coding, engineering, science, art, and music via robotics. For more information see this page.
Professional Development sessions that introduce instructors to the full curriculum and/or camp curriculum, along with instructor resources, can also be scheduled. If there is a large cohort of instructors from the same school district, a tailored PD can be arranged. No prior coding and robotics experience is needed. More information here.