Leading up to the main event #NERD18 next March, a number of middle and high school teachers met this past weekend to learn how to build a functional robot, and to experience first hand what it actually takes to be part of the National Education Robotics Day.
Organized by NERD and it's regional development partners and hosted by the Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture in Tripoli and the North - CCIAT in the north and the American University of Science and Technology - AUST Zahle in Bekaa, more than 60 teachers from both public and private schools experienced hands-on learning, starting with building their very own demo robots, to programming, to making them perform specific tasks based on the three main characteristics of a robot: Sensing, Planning, and Actioning - SPA.
These workshops are designed to help teachers understand the functionality of a robot and how to use one in a practical approach to their subjects of teaching in physics, math, computer sciences and technology as part of the national curriculum and science competitions.
As more organizations similar to CCIAT and AUST join efforts to increase awareness and practice of twenty-first century skills in educational institutions, NERD’s efforts further in spreading STEM to Lebanese youth.
Last Saturday, the Rafic Hariri University (RHU) witnessed a small meet-up for students and their coaches to learn about this season’s FIRST LEGO League Challenge. This year, students have to learn about water – how we find, transport, use, or dispose of it.
Organized by the Student Technology Club (STC SMARTO) 34 students alongside their coaches attended the hands-on robotics workshop to learn about the 2017-2018 FIRST LEGO League challenge, “Hydrodynamics”.
Teams now have to study, plan, and execute a functioning robot that is capable of performing
specific tasks, and they have until March of next year to make this happen. 4 months from now, preparations and hard work would pay off in this season of the National Education Robotics Day - NERD in March 2018. Teams of up to ten students between the ages of 10 and 15, with at least two adult coaches, can participate in the challenge.
With more of these hands-on robotics workshops happening and thanks to clubs like the STC SMARTO, every student is encouraged to apply the knowledge that they gain theoretically by working on real-time practical experiments and to understand the fundamental concepts in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics in our daily lives.
A special thanks goes out to Dr. Bassam Muslim, Founder of STC SMARTO and Mr. Farah Mtaweh, Co-Founder of NERD, each from his position trying to play their part and support Lebanese students and children to think like scientists and engineers.