This workshop is an introduction to educational robotics. You will have a chance to explore how to use robotics in your classroom to cover your science, technology, numeracy, literacy, arts and social studies curriculum though both problem-based and project-based learning. Teachers will also understand how robotics is a great way to integrate coding, computational thinking and STEAM education in the classroom. In this workshop, we will be using the LEGO WeDo 2.0 robotics sets, but other robotics platforms will be presented with the pros and cons of each platform to help you make informed decisions when choosing the right robotics platform for your school. All the materials will be provided- no need to bring a robotics set or a computer/tablet. Workshop will be presented in English, but all the resources presented are also available in French for French immersion teachers.
K-7 Teachers (secondary school teachers also welcome)
All material will be provided
Dominic Tremblay is an innovative, Canadian educational consultant. He brings twenty-first century skills into the classroom by providing training and support for teachers from coast to coast to coast. He has worked as a classroom teacher for 13 years in a small K-12 Franco-Ontarian school in Trenton, Ontario, where he gained extensive experience teaching a variety of subjects at different grade levels. He also worked for one year at the Education Quality and Accountability Office to develop and implement the mathematics provincial test and to analyze results.
For the past seven years he has owned his consulting business and has been providing services to school boards, divisions, and districts in every province of the country as well as Nunavut. He has supported thousands of students and teachers in mathematics, science, technology, social studies, robotics, and literacy. In addition to this, he has also had the opportunity to work with aboriginal and Inuit communities. He has adapted the content of his workshops and activities to better fit the needs of their communities. When it comes to robotics, Dominic not only offers workshops, but he has also helped the team at Zone01 Robotics, a non-profit organization, to expand their robotics competitions to Ontario as well as judging at the national event in Montreal.
Dominic is an Ontario Certified Teacher (OCT), a PRIME National Certified Trainer and a Smarter Science National Certified Trainer.
Internationally, Dominic has worked with teachers in Cap Haïtien (Haiti) where he encouraged staff to bring authentic and engaging science activities into their classrooms. He has also done some work with the Pixel Corps in San Francisco, the International School of Toulouse in France and Prince George International School in Germany.
Dominic is also actively involved in organizing the Canada-Wide Science Fair. This is a nationwide non-profit organization that encourages kids to create STEM projects. This one-week national event is held in a different city every year. Dominic has supported the host team with logistics, especially when it comes to providing services in both official languages and database management. Dominic has attended 24 Canada-Wide Science Fairs.