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George School to Host Free Robotics Educator Workshops

George School computer programming and robotics teachers Chris Odom and Brian Patton are pleased to host two free Physical Computing and Robotics Teacher Training Workshops on May 4 and 5, 2018. (Photo by Sam King ’19)

George School computer programming and robotics teachers Chris Odom and Brian Patton are pleased to host two free Physical Computing and Robotics Teacher Training Workshops on May 4 and 5, 2018. The focus will be on educational robotics.

“Even if you have no experience or expertise building robots, programming embedded controllers, or designing with CAD, we encourage you to take advantage of this free workshop. Our curriculum makes it easy to start a robotics program, even for a novice teacher. We think you will discover that getting started is a not so scary project,” said Chris.

Friday’s session, beginning at 6:00 p.m. will be a hands-on programming experience, allowing attendees to program a Teensy 3.2 or microcontroller to perform a variety of tasks. Saturday’s workshop will be less structured. “Guests on Saturday will be able to play around with our robots, sensors, actuators, 3D printers, soldering stations, and laser cutter,” said Chris. “Teachers and experienced students will be on hand to help out.”

“For those that are more experienced STEAM teachers, we invite you to make yourself at home in our facilities and compare our workspace to yours. Feel free to bring your favorite robot. We would love to compare how we do things at George School to what you are doing,” added Brian.

Brian and Chris have a combined thirty years of experience in the industry. Brian’s company, Patton Robotics, LLC, develops curricular materials and hardware for robotics classrooms. Chris, a former rocket scientist, has published six textbooks currently used in a number of universities and high schools around the world.

Friday’s workshop will conclude at 9:00 p.m. Light snacks and beverages will be provided. Saturday’s program will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and will include a one-hour break for lunch. Both workshops will take place in George School’s Spruance Alden Science Center, located at 1690 Newtown Langhorne Road, Newtown, Pennsylvania 18940. To register, contact Chris Odom at codom@georgeschool.org.

For more information about Chris’ books, visit www.pcrduino.com and www.lulu.com/spotlight/ChrisOdom.

For more information about Brian’s company, www.pattonrobotics.com.

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