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Resources for K-12 Educators - Generating Early Interest in Science and Technology
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The Indiana University Pervasive Technology Institute has engaged in K-12 Education, Outreach and Training (EOT) events related to technology in general and computing in particular for over a decade. In each event we strive to positively influence children’s perception of science and technology. We view K-12 EOT as a channel for technical professionals to engage young people in the pursuit of scientific and technical understanding. Our goal is for students to see these subjects as interesting, exciting, and worth further pursuit. By providing opportunities for pre-college students to engage in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) activities first hand, we hope to influence their choices of careers and field-of-study later in life.

Through this outreach page, PTI hopes to provide information and teaching materials to assist educators in adding these types of workships to their own curriculum. Each workshop has a brief description, links to information about the workshops held by Indiana University with local schools, and teaching materials for educators to use in creating workshops in their classrooms.

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MindStorm Maze

Ready, Set, Robots! Camp; programming with Lego Mindstorms®

We have delivered such workshops to a variety of age groups (grades 4-6, 6-8, 8-12, etc.). Our focus has been on programming the robots – i.e., providing pre-constructed robots to the students, rather than spending time building them. The programming challenges are then tailored to the specific age group and time constraints for a particular workshop.

Teaching Materials: Robot Workshops Slides


Laser Light

Fiber Optics and Laser Light

The learning goal of the fiber optics and laser light activity is to provide a basic understanding of the way light travels along fiber optic cables and how light can be used to transmit data.

Teaching Materials: Laser Light PowerPoint Presentation

Teaching Materials: Fiber Optics Presentation 



Networking and Computing Concepts ("No Guts, No Glory") 

The learning objectives of the “No guts, no glory” workshop are teaching the basics of networking concepts, computer systems components and operating systems, and parallel computing.

Teaching Materials: Networking and Computing Concepts Slides

Teaching Materials: Networking Lesson Plan 

Teaching Materials: SuperComputer Lesson Plan

Teaching Materials: Building Computer Lesson Plan


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