Computers & Technology


Robotics for Beginners: Bee-Bots, Sphero, WeDo, and More

Saturday, November 11
1:15 PM - 2:15 PM
Location: 207 A

Everyone’s talking about robots! It seems like new robots hit the market every day -- devices and kits that can be used to teach everything from coding and logic to spatial reasoning and design engineering. But many educators have little experience with robotics, and the profusion of new options can be overwhelming. In this session, the presenters share their experience implementing robotics enrichment courses for gifted students. We help you start from square one, learn introductory robotics concepts, and meet some of the best robots for challenging bright young learners.

Ann Gadzikowski

Early Childhood Coordinator
Northwestern University

Ann Gadzikowski brings more than twenty-five years of experience as a teacher and administrator to her role as Early Childhood Coordinator at Northwestern University’s Center for Talent Development. Ann’s primary responsibility at CTD is coordinating enrichment programs for young children age 3 through grade 4, at multiple locations in the Chicago area. A graduate of the Erikson Institute for Advanced Study in Child Development, Ann is the author of textbooks, leveled readers, and teacher guides. Ann's book, "Challenging Exceptionally Bright Children in Early Childhood Classrooms," provides guidance for preschool, kindergarten and child care teachers to challenge young students to think with greater complexity, depth, and creativity. Ann's next publication is "Robotics for Young Children: STEM Activities and Simple Coding" (Redleaf Press, 2017). For more information, visit


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