MINDS-i’s guiding principle is that engineering and robotics education needs to mirror the technologies, machines and devices found in real-world. That principle is manifested in the design and development of MINDS-i’s products, competitions, curriculums, and education labs.
- Sample of Curriculum
- MINDS-i offers an introductory robotics course, and an advanced drone technology courses. Each course is recommended for different skill levels. Students will learn the fundamentals of robots, programming, engineering, as well as teamwork and system thinking.
- Common Core Standards Articulation Framework
- The overall focus of the curriculum is to seamlessly integrate the interdependent disciplines of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) into a focused and invigorating real-world relevant Robotics curriculum. Also embedded are engineering (mechanical, electrical, & software), design, innovation, communications, small group collaboration, and 21st century critical thinking skills and knowledge relevant for student success in college, career, community and life’s pursuits.
- Student Performance Development Process
- Student’s current performance, future opportunities for growth, and development are assessed. Teachers assist the student in their understanding and quest for continued improvement.
MINDS-i Education vastly reduces the cost per-student compared to other STEM alternatives, while delivering a compelling technology platform that will modernize the classroom.
Here’s what Educators have to say about MINDS-i:
- “I have been looking for a rugged, versatile, reusable building system for some time when I found MINDS-i. MINDS-i can be used in projects I’ve always done in the classroom as well as allow new projects involving R/C technology, programmable robots, vehicles, mechanisms, and structures. Once we build something it doesn’t come apart until we take it apart, even if we abuse it a little. My 6-year old, my teenage students, and I all enjoy building with this system.
-Salvatore Lorenzen, Technology Instructor, Spokane Valley Tech
- "We have found MINDS-i to be durable, flexible, and a significant improvement over the robotics kits for pre-engineering and programming currently available on the market"
-Mike Nepean, CTE Coordinator, Spokane School District
- “These kits allow kids to apply what they have learned in a hands-on way. Understanding how programming and robotics fits into the real world prepares them for the world of work today. These kits allow you to put kids in groups and learn how to work together to accomplish a goal, another real world example.”
-John Savage, CTE Director, East Valley School District
MINDS-i Robotics competitions are designed to embody today’s challenges into an invigorating team-based experience. Students apply their skills, leverage their creativity, and measure their achievements in a fun and exhilarating environment.
2013 MINDS-i Competition
2012 MINDS-i Competition
MINDS-i promotes the idea that STEM Education is the seamless integration of the interdependent disciplines of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, optimizing 21st century critical thinking, problem solving and knowledge relevant for student success: