"Quad D Robotics: Innovative Inventions Curriculum®" developed 6/2011, Robert E. Walker, M.Ed.,
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Convert your TRADITIONAL instructional practices to (Work Preparedness) INNOVATIVE instructional
practices. Make your schools robotics program very unique, and plug in your students creative thinking and innovative robotic
ideas. While, addressing the CORE content,building human skills, and experiencing a simulated workplace academic community.
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with these instructional strategies.
Robotics: Innovative Inventions Curriculum®"
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Innovative Inventions Curriculum and Instructional Strategies
"Quad D Robotics: Innovative Inventions Curriculum®"
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"Quad D Robotics: Innovative Inventions Curriculum®"
D Robotics Innovative Inventions curriculum simulates real-world, real-life, work place awareness, while focusing on applicable
uses of robots. Predictable and scripted curriculum isn't the driving force behind these units. Student creativity, increased communication skill development, applied technology,
as well as CORE subject application opportunities are evident throughout the curriculum. Learn successful strategies
for instruction and classroom management, while striving for a Quad D student learning experience. Proven motivational and
revitalizing message for educators, while introducing student engagement strategies and reinforcing integrity within the classroom.
Your faculty and students will love this curriculum, have to see to believe!
The creative juices are overflowing at Moanalua Middle School.
chefs to musicians to manicurists, a robotics class has created it all and its instructor Robert Walker makes sure his students
take a hands-on approach.
His students have built dozens of robots over the years
and their creations are the product of the school's Innovative Inventions course. It's a three-month class that pushes
students to expand their minds and construct working robots.
"From day one,
I hire them as if they are on the job," said Walker, who has been teaching the course for the past three years. "Their
grade is their pay. We sign a contract too. Most of them are my ideas, but they run with them and they do 90-95 percent of
His students have run pretty far. They've created dozens
of robots with practical uses including finger-nail painting and cooking.
There's even a robot that plays the ukulele.
"The robots he showed
us from his previous students were all basic kind of ones and we wanted to do one that was unique, so we did a music one,"
said Harmony Yatar, an eighth-grader who helped build an ukulele-playing robot.
class is not only about building robots, but crafting professional skills. Students are assigned to groups at random,
so they're forced to know each other and work together.
"I mean when you
first got the assignment, it was kind of like, Whoa!, what are we supposed to do?," said eighth-grader Grace Kam. "But
then as we kind of worked on it, we kind of grew as family basically."
hasn't entered the robots into any competitions. Instead, he's hoping some of the bots get picked up by any company
to use as a prototype. He says any money made would fund his students' college education.
"It's so rewarding," Walker said. "One thing we instill here at the school here is critically
thinking and problem solving. Even though they are done with education after college, they still have to be able to
problem solve and critically think, and their education never ends."
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"Quad D Robotics: Innovative Inventions Curriculum®" Developed by Robert E.
Walker, 6 / 2011: Domain
Goals / Proven Outcomes: Revitalizing instructional beliefs and practices, strategies for communication skill development,
integrity restored to the classroom, motivational perspective for instructional development, and a curriculum that prepares
students for the real-world, real-life, work place experiences.
Instructional Target Group: 5th - 12th grade... pending technical merit of robots implemented
in curriculum. The author of this curriculum doesn't recommend a specific manufacturer / company set of robotic kits
for successful curriculum implementation. A variety of technological materials / applications /
programs can be applied to successfully implement this curriculum.
Technology Option 1: Mechanical Syringe Powered Robots: (Low end funding curriculum)
Technology Option 2: Robotic Kits: Grant Application Sites (High end funding curriculum)
August 2013: Article with Mr. Art Costa "Habits of the MInd / Article with Robert E.
Walker "Quad D Robotics: Innovative Inventions Curriculum" / "TRIBES" & Non-Violent Physical
Crisis Intervention infused into curriculum by Instructor, see below:
INFUSING ROBOTICS CURRICULUM WITH ESSENTIAL LIFE SKILLS
By Mr.Robert E. Walker and Mr.Arthur L. Costa
Robotics courses must
be more than learning about how machines perform human functions. The ever-changing technological advances require employees to possess
a vast knowledge base. Well-prepared students who seek a career in engineering, technology, and mathematics
must possess not only individual skills but also personal character traits and thinking
disposition. Academic communities must reinforce both human communication skill development and instill persistent adaptable
self- teaching traits into individuals, thus preparing them for real world, real job, and real life. The Curriculum: "Quad D Robotics: Innovative Inventions Curriculum®" authored by Mr. Robert E. Walker, (“QuadDRoboticsCurriculum.com,”)
offers just such preparation. “Quad D Robotics Curriculum” defines its
mission as, “preparing individuals intellectually for unexpected events and problem solving situations, being
adaptable to workplace challenges in an ever-changing technological environment.” “Quad D Robotics” is an unpredictable, unscripted, employment simulated
technologically based educational experience. Common Core Standards and CORE curriculum content applications are aligned and
evident throughout the Quad D based curriculum. This Innovative Inventions Curriculum allows for a very unique educational
experience, as if the students were already on the job. The classroom becomes a place of simulated employment,
including random student groupings, opportunities for students to apply CORE related content, while creating robots through
human to human interaction strategies and experiencing an innovative invention structured curriculum. The curriculum is unlike the scripted and predictable
robotic courses and tournaments, which limit the student's opportunity for innovative creativity as well as CORE content application.
“Quad D Robotics” is unpredictable, unscripted, student driven, an innovative invention based experience. The
instructor and group leader supports the group members... as they all work together to develop their robots (all students
must be active contributors) as diagramed in the “Quad D Robotics Curriculum” strategy, "Walker Triangle
is built around the following attributes: • Common mission-driven, • random grouping, • workplace simulated, •
daily connections to a real work place
situation, • scripted sensor testing, • some initial scripted robotic building tasks including •
hand and computer programming with
demonstrations and sign off, • programming research including student documentation for programming options, •
student ideas and designing, •
student proposals to teacher, •
contracting groups, •
organization while constructing robots,
testing / tweaking, problem solving, more testing, final demo, student reflection including the 5 E;s, •
a common core, criteria based, group
power point, and recovery of robotic kits as well as the work environment (school lab}.
And that’s not all. Because of the employee’s need for personal characteristics and
thinking dispositions, “Quad D Robotics: Innovative Inventions” course is
also infused with “Habits of Mind” which include 16 dispositions developed by Costa and Kallick (2008.
2014) and “TRIBES” developed by Jean Gibbs (1987, 2006) which is a curriculum for social development
and cooperative learning. The inclusion of these learning essentials
are evident, identified, and reinforced throughout the curriculum. The "Habits of the Mind" empower the student's metacognition
by taking ownership of their thinking capacities and practices. Throughout their educational experiences they become spectators
of their own processes of mind. They learn how to think interdependently, to analyze and solve problems
with creativity and accuracy. They become skillful human-to-human communication thus, allowing for positive
individual development, effective and efficient thought practices, and successful future employment experiences. "TRIBES" encourages
student’s self- reflections, student based project evaluations, and a foundation for students to create technological
evidence that summarizes their overall learning experiences and project outcomes. With
"TRIBES," every group member is "heard, welcomed, and appreciated." Even if they differ in opinion and
common beliefs on any given topic, and / or situation, other words, all members have a voice. The "TRIBES" ultimate
goal is to develop a truly safe community for learners. TRIBES grouping and instructional strategies are effective at
producing a quality project in a very structured, safe learning environment. While allowing opportunities to flex the curriculum
content, due to school scheduling constraints and unexpected required administration add-on’s, such
as, a new school-wide, reading level intervention program, new academic testing by grade level, etc… Reflection is
also key in a true “TRIBES” and “Quad D Robotics” learning community, not only useful for individual
or group reflections, but also reflection can be an effective evaluation and data collecting tool. Assignments: “Quad D Robotics:
Innovation Inventions Curriculum’s” common tasks are to design, develop, modify, and test robotic innovative invention
theories and principles, through student grouping structure and CORE application opportunities. The experience allows students
to be hired, as if they are employees, their grade is their pay. Real workplace structure / experiences are discussed, and
elaborated upon for student comprehension on a daily basis. The assignments include some limited, predictable,
scripted curriculum, including an initial manufacturer’s robotic building task. Quad D generated hand and computer programming
strategies, with on-going demonstrations, programing research, student documentation for programming options, student ideas
and designing, student proposals to teacher, contracting groups, organization while constructing robots, testing / tweaking,
problem solving, more testing, final demo, student reflection including the 5 E;s, a common core, criteria based, group power
point, and recovery of robotic kits as well as the work environment (school lab}. “HOM'S,” “TRIBES,”
and “Quad D Robotics: Innovative Invention Curriculum” are evident, identified, and reinforced throughout the
Quad D Curriculum.
The chart below illustrates
how "Habits of the Mind" and “T.R.I.B.E.S” are infused into the "Quad D Robotics: Innovative Inventions Curriculum®" (Technological Instruction)
Quad D Robots Innovative Inventions
Curriculum|| TRIBES |
| Keep Attempting, Keep Attempting, Keep Attempting,
if one falls short...don’t
give up and attempt again! || Inclusion
| Empowering one’s ability to recognize and counter the human emotional
encountered through life experiences and challenges.|| Stage
Stage 2 Defensive,
Stage 3 Acting Out
(Non Violent-Physical Crisis Intervention) |
the Mind|| Quad
D Robots Innovative Inventions
3. Listening with understanding and empathy
Even if student views of an issue /project idea varies from others, an agreement to work through differences, while realizing,
Human / You're Human," and that
principle alone demands respect for each other, as human beings.||
Everyone should be,
"heard, welcomed, and
4. Thinking Flexibly
Be open minded, welcome new ideas / concepts, reinvent the wheel at times, and be able to adapt to ever- changing technological
advances, out of our control
situations, and life challenges.|| Inclusion Activities / Reflections|
5. Thinking about your thinking, Metacognition
| Reflection: What communication occurred... verbal and non-verbal?
Reflection is a key
factor in owning ones learning experiences, and having the desire to grow personally and professionally from
those valuable experiences,
of our past. Reflection also
serves as a great evaluation tool, whether it is written form, or a rubric, sharing
or simply a moment for serious thought.|| Five E’s: Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate, Evaluate (TRIBES)|
6. Striving for accuracy and precision
| Testing theories, hypothesizing, being persistent,
keep attempting, tweaking
technology on project ideas, striving for perfection to obtain desired outcomes.||
7. Questioning and problem
| Communicating ideas in order to obtain problem solving solutions, questioning
as a reflection
8. Applying past knowledge tonew situations
| CORE content from educational experiences, application skills, flexible
/ constructive thinking,
positive perspectives, are all key
factors when encountering challenging new situations.|| Reflection and CORE content applications|
9. Thinking and communica- ting with clarity and precision...pose, paraphrase, inquire.
| A sense of belonging, partnerships, and all community member
buy-ins, toward an idea
or project is key in achieving clear and precise outcomes.|| Listening with your
ears, and your heart!
the Mind|| Quad
D Robots Innovative Inventions
10. Gathering data through all senses
Building awareness toward all happenings that effect a given encounter, outcome, or life
11. Creating, imagining,
Being open to sharing one’s unique qualities, skills, and ideas...risk taking
required! Not afraid
of failure! Keep attempting when
necessary!|| Reflection |
12. Responding withwonderment and awe
| Being amazed by our accomplishments, and yet,
humbled through the realization that
there are many more challenges ahead, on the road to obtaining
future accomplishments.|| Celebrating and recognizing each other
for a job well-done!
13. Takingresponsible risks
Character building, while being aware of consequences for one’s actions, when confronting
a challenging situation or problem.
Our actions do in deed affect others!|| Inclusion Activities
14. Finding humor
Do not take self too serious! Internally and externally when appropriate, find the humor in
our failed attempts, and be open to
recognizing our sometimes uncontrolled human responses when experiencing a challenging
situation. Don't be afraid to show
the "I'm Human / You're Human" side of self... It is humbling.||
Contribute to a project or situation. Share your unique perspective toward a technology, project idea, or life challenge. Food for thought, if one separates
themselves from a life
experience, challenging or not, that life experience is lost forever...so be confident in sharing ones unique qualities and/or ideas, and take life challenges head on,
we surprise ourselves
quite often with our true abilities
and performance outcomes. ||
to continuous learning, Persistency
| Having a willingness to change, keeping up
advances, and challenging
one to achieve something that no one else has ever accomplished, in order to better the world, and have a positive effect on the lives of
Reflection of one’s learning|
Student's produce a reflective writing using the 5 E's and they are: Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate, Evaluate.
The 5E’s basic outline allows students to identify and understand different aspects of the overall communication process
taking place, which are: human to human, human to computer, human to robot, and technologically, communication between the
computer and robot. Five E’s Example: I’m Engaging individuals that are reading this article, as they practice
the art of content Exploration through my Explanations, thus, allowing the reader to Evaluate if this written article makes any sense.
Elaboration occurs when the reader is able to take content and apply it to real world, real-life experiences, including the expanding
of an idea or concept. The students leave this course better communicators, and are able to enter the real world job market
environment, where they meet challenges head-on. The “Quad D Robotics Innovative Inventions Curriculum” requires students
to be active participants and effective communicators, while developing strategic problem solving skills, instilling student
confidence in one’s own abilities, while allowing them opportunities to take ownership for their learning. Facing unpredictable
situations & challenges, and become aware of common and not so common human grouping challenges, for example, working
with complete strangers, as they would do in a real world workplace environment, is also addressed throughout the curriculum
structure. Results: Students report that they believe that this experience
has given them the confidence to meet new people and work effectively with others, and not afraid to face getting their first
job. The classroom curriculum is set up like a real work place setting, their grade is their pay...and they really seem to enjoy simulated workplace structure. Students sign contracts, as if they are hired to produce specific
robots, which perform specific identified everyday task.Student produced end-of-unit reflection papers have contained the following comments:Student A: Student wrote, “I have
learned lots of things about business, the workplace, skills required of me, creative ways for using robots, and my fellow
classmates. Not to mention, about my communication abilities and limitations, areas of focus that I need to improve upon,
and better prepare myself for the real-workplace environment.” Student B: Student wrote, “I’m Human / You're Human,” (slogan of
“Quad D Robotics Curriculum”) “This really stuck home with me because I realized that here was someone who
had the power to treat us like lesser than him. Someone who had the ability to stomp on us, yell at us, and boss us around
without any punishment, and he would still get paid. Yet, he didn’t. “I’m Human / Your Human” is saying
that we are the same. We’re both equals, and we all make mistakes. I won’t judge you, if you don’t judge
me. And that was something I liked. And that is something I’ll remember for a long, long time.”Student C: Student wrote, “Keep
Attempting, Keep Attempting, Keep Attempting, (slogan of “Quad D Robotics Curriculum”) have assimilated into my
head and it will help me through life after I leave this class. Who knew CTE would affect my perspective of life like this?
This project was truly a success.”Parents consistently comment that, “They wish they too could enroll in this course.”Past “Quad D Robotics: Innovative
Inventions Curriculum” students come back and visit my classroom and inform me that the whole overall experience has
helped them to better prepare for their future. It is truly evident that “Quad D Robotics: Innovative Inventions Curriculum,” along with “Habits
of the Mind” and “TRIBES”…truly empowers the students to effectively reflect, plan, and
apply their instructional experiences to their everyday lives, as they take ownership for their learning experiences.
In Summary: The sixteen "Habits of the Mind"
and the principles of “TRIBES” in conjunction with the "Quad D Robotics: Innovative Inventions Curriculum"
(Technological Instruction) has evolved into a powerful and effective strategic curriculum combination in preparing the youth
of today, for real world, real job, and real life experiences.References Costa, A. and Kallick, B.. (2008) Habits
of Mind: 16 Characteristics for Success. Alexandria, VA: Costa, A. and Kallick, B. (2014)
Dispositons: Reframing teaching and Learning. Thousand Oaks:
Corwin Gibbs, J. (1987) Tribes,
a Process for Social Development and Cooperative Learning, Cloverdale, CA: CenterSource Systems,Gibbs, J. (2006) Reaching All by Creating
Tribes Learning Communities . Cloverdale, CA: CenterSource Systems, Walker, R. E.. (2011) "Quad D Robotics: Innovative Inventions Curriculum®"Website: QuadDRoboticsCurriculum.com
with Dr. Paul Deering coming soon! (Waiting for Dr. Deering Publishing...Pending)
Editorial: Food for thought, by Mr. Robert E. Walker:
Addressing, "Verbal Techno Advancements for Interdependent
Humanized Interactive Opportunities"
1. Techno Means Advanced Technology...
2. Verbal Techno Advancements means Opportunities for Human to Human Discussions pertaining
3. In other words, Sharing Knowledge with Meaningful Reflection..
4. Putting words into action, thus allowing for comprehensive
growth opportunities that are rigid, rigorous, and relevant, while addressing and coping with varying levels of human to human
communication and comprehensive barriers...
5. Manipulative's that strengthen our dependencies for one
another to comprehend the most Technological Advancements, thus obtaining Truly Substantial,
Meaningful, Concrete, and Sustainable Human to Human Interactive Learning Experiences"...
Summarize: "The more we depend on each other to comprehend and apply technologies...the more
meaningful our human to human dependencies increase...therefore, making life long teachable moments sustainable and
applicable to our everyday lives, without losing that ever-so important "Human Factor."
Note: Don't let Technologies takeaway our Human Traits...such
as, a true sense of Confidence, along with Unique Individual Personality Qualities. Note, next time you eat a
meal with your family, around your home table setting, or at a restaurant, simply leave your cell phone off!
E. Walker, M.Ed. (August, 2013)
"Quad D Robotics: Innovative Inventions Curriculum®" by Mr. Robert E. Walker, M.Ed.,
“Quad D Robotics Innovative Inventions Curriculum: Workplace Preparedness Through A New Way Of Robotic Instruction”…
January 19, 2014
Twenty-nine years of instructional
experience, as well as part-time retail employment experience, has truly opened my eyes toward what is most important in preparing
the youth, of this day and age, for an ever-changing world. Our world requires adaptable technological knowledge and effective
human to human communication skills. This writing hopefully points out the importance for re-thinking instructional and classroom
management strategies, keeping what is working, discarding what is not, and implementing new and proven effective strategies,
as well as curriculums.
Robotic Tournament Instructional Experiences
- Adult / Manufactured Scripted/Predictable Outcomes
- Opportunity for Human Interaction… Same school member teams
- Common CORE curriculum applications limited
to none individual creativity/limited problem solving opportunities
- Student thinking is driven by a manual, including predetermined adult developed project outcomes
- Targeted tasks are predetermined
- Limited skill development
- Not “okay”
to fall short
- “NOT” EVERYONE WINS!!!
Quad D Robotics Innovative Inventions Experiences
- Unscripted/Unpredictable Outcomes
- Human Interaction amongst all participants, groups are formed randomly from mixing all participants
(schools), no specific individual school teams.
CORE curriculum application opportunities increased
creativity/ problem solving opportunities
- Student thinking
and increased collaboration is driven by students own innovative invention development , as required for successful
student generated project outcomes
- Real World, Real Life,
Real Job Simulated Experiences
- Human to Human, Keep Attempting
X 3, Okay to fall short but never give up!
WINS THROUGH SKILL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES
Aloha, I am Robert Walker... 8th grade robotics instructor. I
have developed a curriculum (Quad D Robotics Innovative Inventions Curriculum TM) that allows students the opportunity
to apply their CORE subject content, while experiencing a simulated classroom, and real workplace simulated experiences.
main curriculum emphasis is to prepare students with human to human communication skills, while allowing them to be
innovative inventors through applying and tweaking robotic technologies. Unlike Robotic Tournaments, that have
predetermined adult generated outcomes and scripted tasks, my "Quad D Robotics Curriculum" allows students to generate
the overall robotic outcomes, while student tasks and learning opportunities are not limited. Students develop programs for
these robots that they design, modify,and construct. Quad D Robotics Innovative Inventions Curriculum
(R), a real workplace preparedness curriculum.
I decided to share this curriculum,
at this moment, because it is due time to show that robotic instruction in todays schools doesn't always have to be
a competition and outcomes predetermined by adults or in company board rooms. I believe that educational curriculums
focus must include human to human collaborative experiences, because kids spend way to many hours on-line, it is time they
experience good old fashion human to human conversation.
Thank you !
Mr. Robert E. Walker,
M. Ed. Special Note: Quad D Robotics Author, Curriculum, Motivational Speaker, (Robert E. Walker)
has been an educator for 30 plus years.Actual
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