ITTIP May 2017 Newsletter

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SVRTC’s FIRST Robotics Teams: Two Teams going to World Tournament It has been another successful

aluminum, transmissions, specific

year for the Southside Virginia

wheels or tracks, wheel motors,

Regional Technology Consortium

speed control devices, pneumatic

(SVRTC) in FIRST Robotics! This

cylinders and solenoids, compres-

year, a number of high schools

sors and regulators, solid state

sponsored FIRST Robotics teams.

switching systems, limit switching,

In January, these teams received

encoded movement, sonar dis-

information about the “game”

tance sensors, photocell position

including rules, building infor-

sensors, temp sensors, belt and/

mation, and everything needed

or chain drive systems, WiFi, USB,

to design and build a robot suit-

and bluetooth communications,

able for competition. Using these

CAN systems, Labview Program-

tools, the teams of students brain-

ming, and more.

stormed and considered strategies for acquiring the maximum

SVRTC became involved in pro-

number of points during a match.

moting FIRST in high schools

The teams had 6 weeks to make

within its consortium. Sponsored

their design become a functional

by the Mid-Atlantic Broadband Co-

robot. During the 6-week build,

operative (MBC), the SVRTC aided

students designed and assembled

in identifying high schools with an

a robot using a chassis of extruded

interest in starting a new robot-

The mission of ITTIP is to transform teaching and learning in PK-12 classrooms through the use of technology by providing high-quality professional development for educators and engaging programs for students, in order to maximize the learning experiences and opportunities in a globally competitive workforce.

Upcoming events

May 2 Hummingbird with Middle School Students, Cumberland, VA May 8 Hummingbird with Middle School Students, Cumberland, VA May 22 Longwood Offices Closed May 29 Office Closed/Holiday

ics team. MBC provided startup grants to help schools get started.

In This Issue

Teachers from various disciplines assisted the teams during the build. Students not only had to

Page 1 FIRST Robotics

recall their math skills, like algebra

Page 2 Model My Watershed

and trigonometry, but also learn Above: Teams gathered for a FIRST competition

new skills as they participated throughout the 6-weeks. Mentors also guided students to learn from

Page 3 IMPRES Workshop


May 2017 Megabite - Longwood University ITTIP

Cohort II: Teaching Environmental Sustainability Model My Watershed Teaching Environmental Sus-

mer where they came to Longwood

sors to use with their students

tainability - Model My Watershed

University for three days. Teach-

to explore their schoolyard and

(TES-MMW) cohort two teachers

ers learned about the watershed

analyze the watershed around

are getting ready to finish up their

resources developed out of this


year-long program. TES-MMW is

grant funded opportunity includ-

a national project that has teacher

ing customizable learning modules

participants from across five states for students, a watershed micro (California, Iowa, Kansas, Penn-

site storm model, and a geospatial

sylvania, and Virginia). The teach-

watershed analysis tool. Teach-

ers have been working together

ers also received bluetooth sen-

this year through a fall and spring

A recent visit from the project’s evaluator resulted in teacher interviews to gather data about the project’s impact. One interview even included a participant from last year, cohort one, that continues to use the

course to customize learning units

watershed resources developed

for their students using an online

through this grant. Cohort

learning portal. This is the second

two’s participation will con-

year and second cohort of teachers

clude with a virtual meet up to

for this project.

talk with teachers in California

Virginia teachers began their participation in the project last sum-

Above: TES-MMW micro site where students can use the model to see how rainfall effects different areas of land cover.

and Pennsylvania who will be starting in cohort three of the project.

Virtual Field Trips The lack of school funding sometimes impedes the opportunities for us to get our students out of classroom to learn through field trips. Not anymore! Who says you physically have to go anywhere to go on a field trip? Recently, Chesterfield County teachers shared how they used a “mash-up” of Google Arts & Culture and Google My Maps to provide experiences for their students, without even leaving the school. Google Arts & Culture resources provide your students access to a world of cultural resources, while Google My Maps provides a way to visually present the resources within context of geography. For more information and implementation ideas, read the full article here: Take a Schoolcation with Google Arts and Culture and Google Maps


May 2017 Megabite - Longwood University ITTIP

Innovative Mathematics Partnership for Rural Schools (IMPRES)



their experiences. In some cases

Participants from the Innovative

a student will begin in FIRST not

Mathematics Partnership for Rural

knowing how to use a screwdriver

Elementary Schools (IMPRES), co-

or socket. Hands on guidance is an

hort two, joined for their last face-

integral part of the build. SVRTC’s

to-face workshop on Saturday,

and ITTIP’s Senior Technology

April 29, 2017. Participants spent

Engineer, Bill Wilson, has been Above: IMPRES teachers work together in an activity that they can use with their students to help support geometry concepts.

a key player in mentoring these

were also given time to reflect on

on-site visits from a mathematics

traveling to divisions and com-

the program and give feedback to

specialist, as well as attendance

petitions all over the region to

the program’s evaluators.

and assignments from six webinars

support the robotics teams. This

K-5 mathematics teachers from

throughout the school year.

year SVRTC had teams within the

the day learning about new inquiry based activities they could incorporate into their classrooms. They

Brunswick and Sussex counties have been part of this cohort of teachers for a whole year, if not two. The majority of teachers that participated in cohort one (201516) choose to continue with the second cohort (2016-17). Cohort two participation started last summer during a week-long face-toface workshop. Follow-up through the school year has included

ITTIP is currently recruiting for cohort three of the IMPRES grant. The third and final year of this grant project will support teachers through inquiry based learning methods for the mathematics strand, Probability and Statistics and Patterns, Functions, and Algebra. The first face-to-face workshop for cohort three (2016-17) will be June 26-30, 2017 at Virginia State University.

teams by providing consulting, programming sessions, while also

counties of Amelia, Cumberland, Danville, Halifax, Martinsville, Mecklenburg, Lunenburg, Pittsylvania, and Sussex. Over the course of the FIRST Robotics season, two teams earned a spot to compete in the World Tournament being held in St. Louis, Missouri. These teams are Team 1262 - The Stags, out of Martinsville, Virginia, and Team 1598 -Team Talon, out of Danville, Virginia. We will be following these teams to cheer them on. We hope you do too! Left: One of SVRTCs FIRST Robotics teams.

Above: Instructor model an activity for participants during the face to face workshop.