After 14 years in the K-12 classroom teaching mathematics and engineering, I took a position as program director at CEISMC. Since starting I have published numerous papers on using robotics as tool for instruction and how to manage robotics competition to increase student interest and engagement in STEM. I contributed a chapter to the book Robotics in K-12 Education on the FLL program model we developed that provides a benefit to student involvement in STEM. Besides the role as FLL Operational Partner for Georgia, I am involved in two NSF funded research projects that use engineering design and robotics in STEM education. The NSF projects are SLIDER:Science Learning Integrating Design, Engineering, and Robotics and the recently awarded AMP-IT-UP:Advanced Manufacturing and Prototyping Integrating Technology to Unlock Potential.
Cher Hendricks is a Research Scientist II at Georgia Institute of Technology. The focus of her work is on K-12 STEM programs. Prior to her work at Georgia Tech, she was an Associate Professor of educational research at the University of West Georgia (1998-2010) and a special education teacher. In addition to her STEM research, Hendricks is author of the textbook Improving Schools through Action Research: A Reflective Practice Approach. The third edition was released in February.
Norman Robinson is a seventeen year STEM educator currently serving as an Education Outreach Manager for the Center for Education Integrating Science, Mathematics and Computing (CEISMC) since June 2011. Prior to his service at CEISMC, he served as a STEM Magnet Mathematics Teacher for Marietta STEM Middle School for two years. Robinson came to Marietta Middle School after serving seven years as an Aerospace Education Specialist for the Aerospace Education Services Project for NASA based at NASA Langley Research Center and NASA Glenn Research Center. His career in education started in Greenville, SC teaching mathematics at Tanglewood Middle School and Riverside High School for seven years starting in 1995.
Currently, Robinson is a student in the Doctoral Program for Teaching and Learning - Mathematics Education at Georgia State University. He earned a master's of science in Natural and Applied Sciences with a concentration in Aviation Sciences from Oklahoma State University and a bachelor's of Science in Mathematics from Tennessee Technological University.
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