SPIRIT: Silicon Prairie Initiative on Robotics in IT
One hundred and five grade 7-8 science and mathematics teachers in the Omaha public schools integrate wireless technology, signal processing, control systems, digital logic, and programming into problem-based instructional activities.
The "Silicon Prairie Initiative for Robotics in IT" (SPIRIT), a collaboration between the University of Nebraska and the Omaha Public Schools, is a three-year Comprehensive ITEST Project for Students and Teachers. SPIRIT targets 105 science and mathematics teachers in grades 7-8, each of whom receives more than 100 hours of summer professional development and 50 hours of follow-up support in developing in-school curricular activities related to educational robotics. More than 9,000 students are expected to participate through in-school and summer programs.