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Workshops

The MTA LEGO® Education range 2017 offers great classroom solutions for Robotics as well as a comprehensive Science & Technology range which introduces students to technology concepts in a hands-on, fun way. Implement a step-by-step program to teach technological concepts, that can span a child's school career; start with components (gears, levers, pulleys etc), then teach youngsters to design and build functional machines, and end with computer programming and sophisticated simulation using Robots.

In addition to the Robotics workshops presented by our own trainers, MTA will be supporting Professional Development Workshops conducted by our third party Training Partners.

If you are interested in hosting a Robotics workshop at your school please let us know.

ROBOTICS WORKSHOPS and Professional Development Schedule Term 1 2017

Date Workshop Duration Location Presenter Subject Teaching Level Course Flyer
Thursday, 25th May, 2017
Introductory LEGO EV3 Robotics Workshop
Full Day Auckland Normal Intermediate School Joanna Burk EV3 Robotics Primary & High School 4830NZB
Monday, 9th October, 2017
Introductory LEGO EV3 Robotics Workshop
Full Day Pinehurst School, Albany, North Shore Joanna Burk EV3 Robotics Primary & High School 4830NZ
Tuesday, 12th December 2017
Introductory LEGO EV3 Robotics Workshop
9.30am - 3.00pm Bream Bay College, Peter Snell Rd, Ruakaka Northland Joanna Burk EV3 Robotics Primary & High School 4830NZ

An outline of the workshops on offer.

Introductory LEGO® Education EV3 Hands on Workshop

Instant STEM learning with best in class robotics solutions - an inspiring full teaching solution based on robotics technology for real-life problem-solving in Computer Science, Science, Technology and Mathematics.

Robotics offers your students a highly engaging medium designed to help them develop 21st creative thinking, problem solving, and team work & communication skills.

Teachers attending this workshop will:
• Be introduced to the EV3 hardware through a quick build robot exploring the use of motors & sensors
• Program using the introductory level of the EV3 software which provides an integrated learning experience
• See how Students can add text, images & video to create & present projects
• Explore the curriculum material available to match your needs & requirements in the classroom
• Experience a brief introduction to data logging with the EV3, a powerful, yet easy to use program

Introductory LEGO Education WeDo 2.0 Hands On Workshop - designed for Primary Classrooms

Ignite student's curiosity and enhance their skills in science, engineering, technology and coding. Use the WeDo Core set and software to experience the hardware, software and documentation tool with activities that you can easily implement in the classroom.

Your students can gain a deeper insight into science when you use WeDo 2.0 to create engaging, high impact lessons. The hands-on tools encourages pupils to get involved in science exploration by asking questions, analyzing data and communicating their findings, while the curriculum pack covers real science practices including gathering evidence, carrying out investigations and designing prototypes.

The core set comes with a programmable Smarthub, motor, two sensors and 280 building elements, plus software which includes one Get Started Project, delivering an introductory experience to the resource.

Robotics Competitions for Primary and High Schools

Robocup Junior
RoboCup Junior Australia and New Zealand is a project-oriented educational initiative that supports local, regional and international robotic events for young students. The focus of RoboCup Junior is the development of teamwork skills as well technical skills in an environment of participation, fun and excitement."RoboCup Junior has been developed with three levels of increasing complexity where primary and secondary students can choose to take up the challenge at their own skill and interest level. The three levels consist of RoboCup Junior Dance, Rescue and Soccer.

As the national distributor for LEGO Education, MTA is proud to sponsor and support the Robocup Junior Australia and New Zealand Competitions.

Visit the links below to see how you can get involved.

Robocup Junior New Zealand - http://www.robocupjunior.org.nz/

Robocup Junior Australia - http://www.robocupjunior.org.au/

First LEGO League

For students ages 9-16 FLL introduces real-world engineering challenges by building robots using LEGO® Mindstorms® technology to complete tasks on a thematic playing surface. Each Challenge has three parts: the Robot Game, the Project and the FLL Core Values. Teams of up to ten children, with one adult coach, participate in the Challenge by programming an autonomous robot to score points on a themed playing field (Robot Game), developing a solution to a problem they have identified (Project), all guided by the FLL Core Values. Teams may then choose to attend an official tournament In State around Australia or NZ.

Past Challenges have been based on topics such as nanotechnology, climate, quality of life for the handicapped population, transportation, improving the quality of life for seniors. By designing challenges around such topics, students are exposed to potential career paths within a chosen challenge topic, in addition to solidifying the STEM principles that naturally come from participating in a robotics program. Team members also learn valuable life and employment skills which will benefit them no matter which career path they choose.

For more information on Junior First® LEGO® League , First® LEGO® League, First® Tech Challenge and the First® Robotics Competition visit the links below

New Zealand - http://www.kiwifirst.org/

Australia - http://www.firstaustralia.org/

LEGO Robotics Workshop LEGO Robotics Workshop computer controls LEGO Education robotics

For more information please contact Joanna Burk directly on 0800 80 80 44 Ext 464 or email: jburk@teaching.co.nz