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iRobot Launches Robotics Instruction Initiative
Dec 8, 2009
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iRobot Corp. launched a new education initiative called SPARK (Starter Programs for the Advancement of Robotics Knowledge). At http://spark.irobot.com, educators, parents and students can find robot-related resources to help build STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) curricula and use robots to inspire in students K-12 a curiosity and interest.

STEM subjects form the foundation for inspiring innovation, particularly in the technology space. According to the company, educational studies have shown that the hands-on use of robots is an effective means of teaching STEM topics to K-12 students.

Through SPARK, educators, parents and registered members can gain access to educational resources, including:

• Robot-related tools, activities, events/camps and development platforms to help build STEM curricula and foster in students an appreciation and passion for STEM

• Inspirational stories that demonstrate how robots are already making a meaningful difference in the classroom and community

• Toys, games, crafts, and projects that incite creativity and encourage students to use their imagination

• Opportunities to sign up for live robot “Demo Days” where iRobot engineers will visit classrooms to showcase some of the latest innovations in robotic technology in a hands-on, interactive environment that exposes students to the many ways robots can act as a tool for STEM learning

Educators are already applying SPARK resources to the classroom. iRobot employees have given robotics presentations to approximately 50 classrooms over the past year, and engineers recently visited an eighth grade class at Doherty Middle School in Andover, MA to demonstrate how the company’s robots can be used for STEM instruction and learning.

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