A Teacher Story: Introduction to Engineering Problem-Solving

Our inspiration has always been related to actually seeing amazing results of the numerous abilities we strengthen within CoderZ. Problem-solving, critical thinking, teamwork and 21st-century skills, are only a few of the things students and teachers can learn while programming a virtual robot in CoderZ.

Introduction to Engineering Problem-Solving is a course made by Intelitek, our mother company, and the University of Iowa. In this course, students work in teams to solve real-world problems. Using the engineering design process, they learn STEM skills including mechanical and electrical engineering, coding, design thinking, problem-solving, collaboration, and communication.

Pay attention here! Students who pass the end-of-course assessment will be eligible for 2credits from the University of Iowa, School of Engineering.

As we have always mentioned, stories inspire us. Today, we would like to share the story of Brian Nelson and Matt Pohlman. Brian is an Industrial Technology Instructor and Matt, a Business Education and Technology Instructor. Both, teach at Manson Northwest Webster CSD. At the same time, both Brian and Matt are First Tech Challenge co-advisors.

Here’s a great story of an FTC team who, with the help of CoderZ’s “Introduction to Engineering Problem-Solving” course taught and inspired young students to get involved in robotics. Their event in their words, here:

“Introduction to Engineering Problem-Solving”: A faculty testimonial

Our FTC team was given the opportunity to present what we have learned during this course by presenting to the MNW 6th grade class on Friday, February 10, 2017.

To prepare for the event, two of our team members, Trevin and Vy, created a presentation about the game Velocity Vortex. They went over the rules and the do’s and don’tsof the game.

Two other team members, Landon and Cody, prepared a live demonstration with our competition robot. The remainder of the team kept busy by building four planetary rovers so the young students we presented in front of could have an opportunity to drive the rovers through a small obstacle course.

We also put a little twist on all the rovers we built. We added a claw that could grab a cube that was involved in the obstacle course. We put tracks on one of the planetary rovers instead of the normal wheels.

On the day of the presentation, the 6th-grade class was split into three groups. We were able to visit with each group for 30 minutes. The 30 minutes was split into doing the powerpoint that explained the game and rules, a demonstration of our competition robot, and a planetary rover obstacle course.

The course was fairly simple. It consisted of the 6th graders driving forward to pick up a cube with the claws; then they maneuvered around a cone and dropped the cube in a box.

Our competition robot demonstrated what we did during our matches in the game. We explained how we picked up the particles and launched them through the center vortex. The powerpoint that Vy and Trevin put together explained the essential ground rules and basics of Velocity Vortex.

The elementary students had a fun time and learned a lotbecause they sat there and watched the presentation. They did learn how to drive the rovers we prepared for the event. We definitely had fun preparing this event and we worked really hard to do so.

Brian Nelson
Matt Pohlman

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We are working on new amazing things! Very soon we will launch a new “Introduction to Java” curriculum, and when we say very soon, we mean it. Also, we will have more webinars about our “Coding Robots” curriculum by Gary Garber. Join our online community of STEM professionals to see a recorded version of these sessions.

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Stay tuned! Very soon we will share with you another testimonial of CoderZ, our courses, and our different curriculums. It’s going to be STEMtacular.