Over the last few years the education market has seen robotic tools like Sphero, Wonder Workshop and Lego Mindstorms increase in popularity due to, in a large part, falling costs. This article from the Edutopia website presents “five reasons to consider purchasing robotics for the K-12 classroom”. These reasons include sensory learning, improved socialization, opportunities for hands-on innovation, raising the level of rigor and cost-effective investment.
NASA’s Robotics Alliance Project is chock-full of robotics related educational materials. NASA kindly includes lesson plans for every grade level, discussion forums and even a curriculum matrix. Robotic related topics includes rovers, Lego Mindstorms, spacecraft, robotic kits and much, much more. You'll also find sections for robotic events that include competitions to challenge your students. Also, be sure and check out the "archive" section for past webcasts and presentations.
If you’re an educator interested in establishing a robotics club at your school this website will certainly help you meet your goals. Eduporium has absolutely everything you’ll need to set up a robotics club for any age. This well-organized and easy-to-navigate website has articles, videos and books that will help you at different stages of setting up a club, and with teaching students of various ages and levels.
Educators don’t need expensive equipment or robotic kits to get students started with robotics. This article from The Guardian is concise yet puts forth many ideas for teaching robotics without expensive equipment or kits. Ideas include creating a 2D robot made from cardboard, designing robot costumes or having a debate about the creativity of robots. You'll find great ideas that support robotics ranging from grades K to 12.
An often difficult part of running a robotics club is deciding which "Robotics Kit" to utilize for teaching. This article from Inverse is excellent as it includes kit options that range from $100 to $1500 dollars. Also, included are several videos so you can see the robotic kits in action. Robotic kits covered are LittleBits, Makeblocks, Arduino, Robotics Smart Machines, Lego Mindstorms EV3, Sparki and Lynxmotion’s T-Rex.