Sue Mellon, Gifted Support Coordinator in the Allegheny Valley School District integrated Arts & Bots into 7th and 8th grade Language Arts classes. The project served as a culminating activity for a poetry unit, giving students an exciting anchor for the unit, and allowing them to practice their poetry analysis skills. Students worked in teams to analyze a poem and then create a scene or a billboard display for their poem.
Grass by Carl Sanburg
"I learned that even though programming looks difficult it is actually easier than it seems."
A Drop Fell on the Apple Tree by Emily Dickinson
"I thought programming was really easy then I realized it takes a lot of timing and work to put everything together."
The Human Seasons by John Keats
"It doesn't take a genius to do robotics."
"I'm happy that art can be intergrated into robotics."
El Dorado by Edgar Allan Poe
"Communication is key when working as a team."
"Everyone has their strengths and weaknesses."
The Pasture by Robert Frost
"Poetry can sometimes be hard to understand but using robotics and giving you a visual can help you understand it."
The Sun Has Long Been Set by William Wordsworth
"I learned how the robotics can relate to poetry."
Design by Robert Frost
"It takes dedication not necessarily a level of smartness to understand the robots."
"Programming is very challenging but once you get use to it, its easy."
Bright Star by John Keats
"I learned that poems can be brought to life off the paper."