In one week I am going to embark on a journey. This journey will take me past the familiar into the great unknown. I am starting a robotics course in my district. To the best of my knowledge, there hasn’t been an actual course offered before now. I have dabbled in robotics for the last two years, offering a small amount of instruction to students. Next week this all changes. Each school day for an entire semester students will be engaged in building and programming a robot to complete a variety of challenges and tasks.

I am convinced that students need real life, practical application to the math and science they learn in the classroom. I am so excited for the possibilities that lie ahead. I am also quite nervous I mess it all up.

I won’t be traveling alone. Thanks to ROBOTC and Carnegie Mellon for some fantastic online training this summer, I have some curriculum and tons of ideas to help me navigate my way.

I will be chronicling each step along the journey here on my blog. Although the comments are turned off, feel free to contact me through the contact form with comments or questions.

I want to end this post with a short TEDx Stanford video. My favorite line is “What if we made education more like a kitchen than a cafeteria?” ~ Eric Smalls