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Full STEAM Ahead with Robots - A Live and Free Event

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Join Bill Stanard, Technology and Engineering Manager of Community Science, Saint Louis Science Center for a program about robots.

With robots now able to do everything from exploring space to mowing your lawn, the ability to write code and program robots provides more interesting engineering challenges and career opportunities than ever.In this interactive program, your students will take on the role of computer programmers as they attempt to program the Mars Crawler to communicate with Earth and move several feet.

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30 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Minimum participants:


Maximum participants:


Primary Disciplines

Industrial Technology, Career Education, Sciences, Technology/Information Science

Program Delivery Mode


Booking Information

This is a free program that will occur on October 17, 2019.

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St Louis, MO
United States

Student and educator focused and standards-based, our interactive programs, videos and related curriculum resources authentically link students and the curriculum they study to individuals and organizations who are applying that curriculum in the real world. We offer on-demand interactive programs whose content and time frame are designed to best meet your students’ learning needs.

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Program Details


The agenda below provides you the topics to be explored in the program as well as the order of that exploration. Student questions will be woven in throughout the program.

I. Welcome and Introduction—Student groups and experts are introduced and welcomed to the
program and given information on ways to interact during the program.

II. Robot Demonstration: The Mars Crawler Challenge—Students will interact again with Mr. Stanard to engage in the scenario provided above and in the Pre-Program Activity Suggestions
section of this document. Students will be able to offer their suggestions for commands and also able to ask questions as they investigate what works and what does not work when trying to meet
the objectives of the scenario.

III. Learning More About Careers in the Field—Students will interact Siinya Williams to learn more about the Saint Louis Science Center’s Community Science and YES programs and to ask
their questions about careers in the fields of engineering, robots, and computer programming.

IV. Summary and Closing—We summarize the major concepts learned and deal with final questions from students.


1. The participant will learn about the importance of teamwork and collaboration in solving an engineering problem.
2. The participant will think like an engineer and a computer programmer.
3. The participant will explore science, technology, engineering, and math used to plan and successfully execute communication with a robot.
4. The participant will engage in critical thinking and creative thinking.

Standards Alignment

National Standards

Common Core Standards for English/Language Arts and Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science and Technical Subjects
College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Reading
7. Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse media and formats, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words. College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Writing
6. Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and to interact and collaborate with others.

College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Speaking and Listening
1. Prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with diverse partners, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and
2. Integrate and evaluate information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.

Common Core State Standards Initiative English Language Arts Standards—Literacy in Science and Technical Subjects
Grades 6-8
Integration of Knowledge and Ideas:
Integrate quantitative or technical information expressed in words in a text with a version of that information expressed visually (e.g., in a flowchart, diagram, model, graph, or table).
Distinguish among facts, reasoned judgment based on research findings, and speculation in a text.
Compare and contrast the information gained from experiments, simulations, video, or multimedia sources with that gained from reading a text on the same topic.
Grades 9-10
Integration of Knowledge and Ideas:
Translate quantitative or technical information expressed in words in a text into visual form (e.g., a table or chart) and translate information expressed visually or mathematically (e.g., in an equation)
into words.
Assess the extent to which the reasoning and evidence in a text support the author's claim or a recommendation for solving a scientific or technical problem.

Featured National Standards: (Science)
Science as Inquiry - Science as inquiry requires students to combine processes and scientific knowledge with scientific reasoning and critical thinking to develop their understanding of science.
1. Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry
2. Understandings about scientific inquiry

Next Generation Science Standards
Engineering Design
MS-ETS1-1: Define the criteria and constraints of a design problem with sufficient precision to ensure a successful solution, taking into account relevant scientific principles and potential impacts on people and the natural environment that may limit possible solutions.

State Standards

Refer to above standards.