Explore Tech: Robotics & The Engineering Design Process
Wednesday 02/27/2019
4:00 pm PT

FREE 90 Minute Workshop

Educators in Grades PreK-12

Join us for hands-on experiments and physical demonstrations and learn about the Canadarm 2, NASA’s robotic arm onboard the International Space Station. Design and construct a robotic arm using Styrofoam cups. while developing an understanding of engineering design and of the roles of troubleshooting, research and development, invention and innovation, and experimentation in problem solving.

Learn about programming for the classroom. Engage with BEE-BOT, BLUE-BOT, Sphero SPRK+, and Sphero BOLT robots. 

Engage in hands-on, standards-aligned mathematics, science & engineering activities as you program robots, predict its performance and chance of mission success, and test drive it.

Come learn about real world connections with NASA and robotics. Explore the versatility and possibilities of inquiry based learning experiences. Leave with ideas and inspiration to integrate hands-on learning into multiple subject areas to keep your students engaged.

This workshop will be led by an education specialist from NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center’s Office of STEM Engagement.


Prior to attending, check out these websites
we will be exploring during the workshop:




Feel free to bring an android or apple device,

Please download any or all of the following apps:



This educational activity aligns to the Co-STEM Priority Goal to improve STEM Instruction by supporting the existing STEM teacher workforce.

The workshop is being held in collaboration with Emblem Academy.  

This is an in-person workshop only.
To participate you must come to Emblem Academy.

The address for the workshop is

 22635 Espuella Drive, Saugus, CA  91350


Barbara Buckner is a 20-year STEM classroom teacher with a Doctorate’s Degree in Mathematics Education from the University of Louisville.  Her research interest included the impact of technology on student achievement and teacher behavior.  Buckner recently served as a 2013-14 Einstein Fellow at the National Science Foundation Education and Human Resources Directorate under the supervision of Dr. Joan Ferrini-Mundy where she collaborated with colleagues on learning, learning environments, boarding participating and workforce development.Barbara sees education as her calling and has spent her life sharing her love for learning with everyone around her. Knowing that today’s student will compete in a global economy, Barbara says that “It is imperative that today’s students are prepared with consistent rigorous and relevant standards that produce more STEM majors, particularly women, to keep this great nation at the forefront in technology, innovation, and advancement.”