Support engineering - Crazy high school robots that battle for supremacy
Scott McLeod, J.D., Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Educational Leadership at the University of Kentucky. He also is the Founding Director of the UCEA Center for the Advanced Study of Technology Leadership in Education (CASTLE), the nation’s only academic center dedicated to the technology needs of school administrators, and was a co-creator of the wildly popular video series, Did You Know? (Shift Happens). He has received numerous national awards for his technology leadership work, including recognitions from the cable industry, Phi Delta Kappa, and the National School Boards Association. In Spring 2011 he was a Visiting Canterbury Fellow at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand. Dr. McLeod blogs regularly about technology leadership issues at Dangerously Irrelevant and Mind Dump, and occasionally at The Huffington Post. He can be reached at scottmcleod.net.
Yesterday I got the e-mail below. I watched the video trailer and made my contribution this morning. Crazy high school robots battling it out for engineering supremacy? How can you not support that?!
Hi Dr. McLeod,
For the past year I've been working on a documentary following high school robotics teams build combat robots for the National BotsIQ Championship.
My goal with the film is to be entertaining to all, yet motivational to students to get them involved in science and engineering (STEM) programs and for educators to see these alternate teaching methods. A lot of the teams featured are all girls teams.
I'm trying to raise funds to film the championship through a Kickstarter project. http://kck.st/bhzbBq
Basically this equates to pre-ordering a DVD. For educators I have a special offer that anyone who pledges $25 or more (DVD level) and forwards their confirmation email to email@example.com, I'll make sure they get an educational licensed version to show in classrooms.
I'm also working on an educational video (that will be on the DVD) on getting students (especially girls) involved in STEM programs, which I'd love to get input on from teachers to shape it so it works best for their needs.
If you would be able to post something about this, either on your website, Twitter, Facebook, etc., it would greatly help me reach my goal and make this the best film and project it can be.
Thanks for any help you can provide, feel free to ask me any questions. I have a special press area on the website for photos, videos, and other media.
Take care and talk to you soon.
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