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ITTIP Monthly Newsletter

December 2014

Monthly Megabite ITTIP Receives Verizon Grant ITTIP staff gathered to celebrate Tuesday, November 25th, at the South Boston office to receive and accept a Verizon grant. The grant will provide professional development for 18 middle and high school teachers on integration of the Finch Robot in instruction. The Finch Robot is a robot with built in features such as lights, motors, sensors and more! It is compatible to be programed in over a dozen different programming languages. The participating teachers will receive two days of training on how to program the robot. In addition, they will be given access to classroom check out kits of Finch Robot to integrate with students to help engage and ignite interests in computer science and STEM careers. In addition to teacher professional development, ITTIP will also be providing a one day Saturday robotics workshop in the Spring for students. Students will learn about the Finch Robot through various activities, as well as programming tools and experiences to control it. We expect to reach at least 600 students through these opportunities. Above: ITTIP Staff receives Verizon grant.

If you, or a student you know may be interested, be sure to look for recruitment information in our upcoming newsletters and website. The dates and information will be released for interested participants in the upcoming months.

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Up-Coming Events Dec 8th - Hour of Code, Online 14th Dec 9th

PI STEM Webinar

Dec 22nd- Closed, Longwood Jan 2nd University

What to find in this month’s Megabite:

Page 1 Verizon Grant Page 2 Hummingbird Robotics Page 3 Business After Hours Event


ITTIP Monthly Newsletter

December 2014

Hummingbird Robotics in Southside Virginia The Institute is excited about visiting classrooms of participating teachers from Problem-based Interdisciplinary in STEM (PI STEM) and their classrooms in action, across Southside Virginia. Teachers from various subject areas including Social Studies and Foreign Language, are using the Hummingbird Robotics kits in middle and high school classrooms.

Above: Students at Nottoway High School create dragons with servos, motors, and lights using the Hummingbird Robotics kits.

This cohort of teachers, coming from 11 different divisions, will complete a series of webinars and rejoin face to face in May at a culminating summit to share their collaborative lesson implementations,

digital portfolios, challenges, and successes. As the visits to classrooms continue, ITTIP staff looks forward to learning more creative and innovative ways to use this tool through interdisciplinary experiences to promote interests in STEM learning and careers.

Above: Students at Park View Middle School, Mecklenburg County, create compound machines while studying series circuit, generators and motors. They then calculate the force, work, and power their Hummingbird Robotics machine can perform.

Hour Of Code ITTIP takes Technology Around the World It’s that time of year for celebrating computer science through the Hour of Code. The Hour of Code is a global movement that has reached tens of millions of students in over 180 countries. The event is appropriate for ages 4 and up! You can sign up as a student, teacher, or a just a supporter by going to, hourofcode.com/us . There are plenty of online resources out there to help you or a group dedicate an hour to coding. First sign up, then decide what tools you want to use for that special hour sometime between December 8th - 14th. Check out Computer Science Education Week on the code.org/learn page for tutorials. Depending on your level of interest and knowledge, the tutorial could provide you will building your own game using a resource on Tynker, or teaching JavaScript resource from Khan Academy. The event, organized by code.org, additionally offers prizes for educators willing to organize an hour to celebrate coding with students.

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ITTIP Monthly Newsletter

December 2014

ITTIP Co-Sponsors Business After Hours in Halifax County Thursday, November 13th, the Institute for Teaching Through Technology and Innovative Practices (ITTIP) and Halifax Industrial Development Authority (IDA) sponsored the Business After Hours event, hosted by The Halifax County Chamber of Commerce. The event will was held at the Southern Virginia Technology Park, in Halifax County. It attracted more than 30 local businesses and over 100 people from the Halifax community. As part of the after hours experience, attendees got to see and experience STEM learning tools used in education and in STEM careers including, 3D printing, microcontrollers and robots, Google Glass, a modeling and simulation “cave”, and Oculus Rift. Former ITTIP Digispired students, Zack Raney and Duncan Simon, managed the experiences with the Oculus Rift, a virtual reality headset, while also creating a real life rollercoaster ride for users wearing the headset. Both young men were interns for the Southern Virginia Product Advancement Center, a component of the Halifax County Industrial Development Authority. Longwood University's Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Ken Perkins, and Dean of the College of Education and Human Services, Dr. Paul Chapman, were also able to join and support ITTIP from Farmville for the evenings events.

Right: Liz Smith, from MidAtlantic Broadband Cooperation, tries on Google Glasses while at the Business After Hours event.

Below: ITTIP’s Logistics Coordinator, Barbara Scott, and Nancy Pool, President of the Halifax County Chamber of Commerce, collected business cards from attendees to be entered as eligible winners for door prizes.

Above: Longwood University's Dean of the College of Education and Human Services, Dr. Paul Chapman, experiences a roller coaster ride using he Oculus Rift .

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