Robots, Androids or Toasters (3rd/4th graders)

What makes a robot, a robot? You might be surprised by what defines a robot and that there may already be some in your home! If you want to learn about the workings of the automaton, this is the class for you. Discover what makes a robot tick and how the different parts of a robot come together. We will use creative dramatics, theater games, experiments, and demonstrations to examine the ways that scientists and engineers discover what happens inside our mechanized friends. We will use this data to explore the world of robotics. You don’t need Artificial Intelligence to solve this puzzle!

Brenda & Tim Barrett:
 Ms. Barrett works with elementary students as a curriculum specialist in White Bear Lake.  Mr. Barrett is a Trade & Industry Technology Specialist for the Minnesota Department of Education. He is also a consultant for SparkEd MN, was the Director of STEM Education & Workforce Development for the Minnesota High Tech Association, and served as an educator at the Bakken Museum, the University of St. Thomas, and St. Catherine’s University. The Barretts have taught gifted students in YES classes since 2008. They have also worked with CLIMB Theater to teach K-12 students creative activities to deal with real life issues. They enjoy finding new and curious connections between the worlds of art and science.