Using robotics to enhance creativity in the STEAM classroom through inquiry and problem solving based learning methods used in the creative process.

Presented by: Claire O' Riordan and Róisín Lineen

The inclusion of the Arts in STEM is a relatively new departure, recognising the importance of creativity and collaboration in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. When integrated, these subjects can enhance the development of 21st Century problem solving and computational thinking skills. In this hands-on session, we will use digital tools to explore STEAM with a particular focus on integrating Maths, Engineering and Visual Arts through coding. Participants will be invited to engage with activities to boost creativity through robotics using tools such as Beebots, Probots and Lego WeDo.

Presenter Biography:

Claire O’Riordan and Róisín Lineen are seconded to the Digital Technologies team of the Professional Development Service for Teachers (PDST). They work with schools leaders and teachers to embed DT in teaching, learning and assessment through in-school support, seminars, webinars and blended communities of practice. Claire has worked as a primary school teacher for over ten years and holds a B. Ed and PGDip in Educational Leadership. Róisín has worked as a primary school teacher in Dublin since 2011 and holds a Bachelor of Business and Legal Studies from UCD and an HDip in Primary Education.