the mat with a virtual monitor. The students create the
linear line or path that the robot will follow so they can
control it using the slope or the X and Y axes, depending
on the lesson at hand.
In addition to the lessons that come with the kit, Inbar
and the team at RobotsLAB continue to develop additional
lessons over time. They do this work in conjunction with
groups of teachers who they associate with.
RobotsLAB began with the lessons these teachers
identified as most critical to the student’s learning needs
and requirements. “These are the subjects that the students
have to have nailed down before they can move up to the
next level,” says Inbar. As of this writing, a second batch of
lessons is on its way. Future lessons will follow, and these
will dig deeper and deeper into the subject matter.
Recent History of RobotsLAB BOX
In the past year and a half, the BOX has become a part
of education in hundreds of schools across the US. “They
use it in the math classroom, in the physics classroom, and
some of the CTE or Career Technical Education classes.
Later on when they graduate and they go to work, the
students can actually use all the math that they learned
earlier,” touts Inbar.
RobotsLAB is collecting a great deal of metrics and
quantitative results on the success of student learning using
the BOX as compared with prior learning without the kit.
“We had to run it for a year to start to get that data. We
had to compare like groups — one using the kit and one
not using the kit. I believe we started that last year. By the
end of this school year or sometime after that, we will get
the results,” explains Inbar. “One thing I can tell you now
for certain is that all the teachers, everyone is very excited.
They say that they never felt that engagement level in their
Algebra classroom. Students are not glazed over when they
are starting to talk about equations, and that is the
important thing,” Inbar concluded.
As the number of lessons increase, the word gets out,
uptake increases, and price ($3,500 to $3,999 for the kit)
stabilizes, the RobotsLAB BOX kit should spread across the
nation’s school systems, leading a resurgence in success in
math and science subject matter among students (the
material is useful from Algebra I into college level math and
science courses). Now, that’s thinking inside the box. SV
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the robots and
come with the
kits. Note the
robotic arm on