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Book Review: Getting Started With Lego Robotics

Title:  Getting Started With LEGO Robotics, by Mark Gura. International Society for Technology in Education, 2011.

Description:  The field of robotics can be a bit intimidating. Few debate the merits of robotics education—a powerhouse combination of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Yet putting together a lesson that is appropriate for younger students can be a challenge. Getting Started offers K-12 educators practical lessons and insight from experts. Teachers will learn what LEGO Robotics is, what student activities look like, how to begin, how to manage a class, and how robotics relate to standards. Gura concludes by providing first-hand advice and recommendations via more than a dozen interviews with educators, trainers, and even a student.

Getting Started offers K-12 educators practical lessons and insight from experts. Teachers will learn what LEGO Robotics is, what student activities look like, how to begin, how to manage a class, and how robotics relate to standards. Gura concludes by providing first-hand advice and recommendations via more than a dozen interviews with educators, trainers, and even a student.

Bottom Line:  Given the popularity of Lego and the undisputed educational benefits of robotics, Getting Started with LEGO Robotics is certainly worth a look. Once you’ve finished reading it, you may find yourself excited about the prospect of planning a new class.

About the Author:  Mark Gura has been involved with LEGO Robotics for nearly 20 years. Formerly the director of instructional technology for the New York City Public School System, he is currently a technology expert with Touro College at Fordham University.

How to Purchase:  Getting Started With Lego Robotics retails for $22 and is available through Amazon.

 

 Article by Jason Tomaszewski, EducationWorld Associate Editor
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