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Nova Blanche Forman Elementary School Partners With the UM for STEM Pilot Program

Monday, March 16, 2015
The University of Miami’s School of Education & Human Development has teamed up with Nova Blanche Forman Elementary School to integrate robotics and coding into STEM learning. 
The pilot project, is a collaboration between University of Miami (UM) faculty members, teachers and students at Nova Blanche Forman for a 10-week pilot robotics class, for fifth graders. The program began January 29 and ends April 16, 2015.
Using the unique humanoid robot named NAO, the students learn to write computer codes and gain knowledge into robotics. NAO, is an advanced humanoid robotics platform that integrates an easy to use drag-and-drop setting with voice recognition, face detection, tactile sensors, and human-like fingers and walking patterns.  
By working with elementary age students, this project aims to begin fostering engagement in robotics and computer science with the next generation. Furthermore, this project advances the understanding of how to create learning opportunities for elementary students in robotics and computer science that would increase their content knowledge and motivate them for future learning in STEM fields.
UM researchers have applied for funding from the National Science Foundation and hope to continue the project in the future and expand to additional schools.
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