National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Algebraic Equations: Calculator Controlled Robots

This Web Seminar took place on December 5, 2011 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Presenting was Marti Phipps, NASA Explorer Schools Education Specialist. In this Seminar, Ms. Phipps talked about calculator controlled robots and related curriculum.

The PowerPoint, related resources from the NSTA Learning Center, and web links from the presentation are now contained in the above resource collection. Clicking on the collection link will place it in your Learning Center, My Library, neatly organized under the My Resource Collections tab.


This is the second presentation of the Algebraic Equations: Calculator Controlled Robots program. Ms. Phipps gave an overview of classroom activities that help students investigate the use of calculator controlled robots. She talked specifically about the many classroom modules that can be used for this type of application and some of the technical elements necessary to execute both programming and equipment acquisition.


Twenty-one (21) participants were present at the live Web Seminar in addition to the presenter and NSTA staff. Participating educators represented the states of Alabama, California, Florida, Maryland, Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Vermont, Virginia, Wisconsin, and the District of Columbia. In addition, four participants joined the program from locations outside of the United States: Australia, Israel, and Puerto Rico.


Seminar participants received one of the NSTA SciGuides. A certificate of attendance was deposited into participants' My PD Record and Certificates area in the NSTA Learning Center for completing the evaluation form at the end of the program.


Here are some comments provided by the participants at the end of the Web Seminar:

  • “I love technology and know how it goes hand in hand with science. I am fascinated by robots and technology too.”
  • “It relates to science, math, and life on Mars.”
  • “It inspires me to do more, to think about expanding our small program.”
  • “This content allows me to have a better understanding of how to introduce students to the technology relevant to astronomy and space exploration vehicles at an understandable and applicable level.”

Thanks to the participants and the presenter for the learning opportunity, the interactions, and a job well done!


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