July 20, 2017

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A Robot “Teaches” Social Emotional Learning to Kids With Autism

Milo the robot help kids on the autism spectrum learn skills including self-management and social awareness.

STEAM Project Recipes: Insta-Robots and Sewing Art

Step-by-step illustrated instructions for sewing and robot-building activities from SLJ’s 2016 School Librarian of the Year.

SLJ Reviews Sphero’s New Robot, SPRK+

An upgrade of the popular robotic sphere, SPRK+ sports a tougher, transparent shell and other features, all toward making STEAM learning fun.

Classrooms Connect Virtually To Code with Finch Robots

Distance didn’t keep these three school librarians from scoring a grant for Finch robots so that their students could all code together.

Getting Schools Revved Up About Robotics

Expert panelists from our recent webcast share advice on how—and why—to dive into robotics with your students.

Most Classics Are Better With Robots

Last night I had a lot of fun speaking at The Bookstall in Winnetka about the trends of 2015, 2016, and all the 2016 books I was excited about.  Afterwards a bunch of us sat down for dinner and drinks and the conversation turned, as is natural, to robots.  I had mentioned in my talk […]

SLJ Reviews Kid-Friendly Robots Dash and Dot | Test Drive

Dash and Dot, by Wonder Workshop, are two robot “buddies” that arrive ready to play and program out of the box. Chad Sansing takes them for a test drive and considers their potential application in the classroom.

This article was published in School Library Journal's August 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Intelligent Machines: Robots in Film and Teen Fiction

Catch the eye of teens who love movie and TV robots with a lineup of titles that run diagnostics on coming-of-age themes and personhood conundrums while also providing plenty of gear-turning, technology-pushing, cyborg-centered action.

Take 5: The Robot Test Kitchen’s Reading List

The five of us in the Robot Test Kitchen all came to this project from different comfort levels with technology. Some of us couldn’t get enough of it, some of us were skilled at it, some of us were dragging our heels, and some of us were curious but trepidatious. Some of us were a […]

We’re Not Faking it, We’re Making It: from the Robot Test Kitchen

One of the features on the Robot Test Kitchen is a True Confessions series. In it, we discuss our personal experiences in this brave new world of integrating technology programming into our libraries. Sometimes it’s triumphant, sometimes it’s scary, sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t. The point of our True Confessions is to illustrate […]

New York School Librarian Leads Robotics Club to Compete in Robots Competition

School librarian Ryan Paulsen had little background in engineering and science when he took on the position of head of the New Rochelle High School robotics club. Weeks later, he led his 30 student members to a regional robotics competition in NYC and took home an award.

Robots, Rockets, Cool Cars: New High-Interest STEM Books | Series Made Simple

Longtime reviewer and children’s literature consultant John Peters takes an in-depth look at new nonfiction series that focus on STEM topics such as robotics, measuring, and big machines.

This article was published in School Library Journal's April 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.