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Alan Briesemeister

Teacher, Harare International School
Mr. Alan Briesemeister

Educators' Conference

Biographical Information for: Alan Briesemeister IB Physics and Design Technology Instructor Harare International School Educational: - B.S. degree in Biology with minors in Physics, Mathematics, Earth Science and Computer Science. - Thirty four years of science, math and technology instruction in the United States, Ethiopia and Zimbabwe. - Experienced instructor of IB Physics and IB Biology. - Involved in curriculum development for a Design Technology course taught collaboratively with Maciej Sudra at Harare International School. - Teaching robotics, creative problem solving and team organization skills in Design Technology class at Harare International School. Robotics & science competition experience: - Trained in C-Language and Botball robotics competition in Cairo, Egypt and Jacksonville, Florida. - Coaching experience in Botball Robotics, Science Olympiad and Science Fair. - Most recently completed second season of coaching Botball Robotics at Harare International School. Traveled with robotics teams competing in Doha, Qatar in 2010 and Jacksonville, Florida in 2011.


1-Hour Workshop

Title Robotics at Harare International School
Programme Educators' Conference
Days Offered October 19th (14:00-15:00)
Description Robotics at Harare International School Presentation Introduction: The presentation will include student produced products as well as support video and lecture notes. The intent of this presentation is to generate enough interest in robotics competition and training within the AISA schools. The one hour session will introduce the specifics of the program and training requirements. The robotics program at Harare International School is two years old. The high school robotics teams participated in regional tournaments in Qatar in 2010 and in the United States in 2011. The robotics program at HIS has a very positive response from the entire school community. The Presentation: Goals of the presentation: - Develop awareness of the potentials of robotics instruction and competition. o Teamwork , documentation, engineering and programming skills - A model of introducing robotics instruction into school and curriculum o High school and middle school o Start up process and costs Overview of the Presentation Elements: - The Botball robotics program o History and elements of the program - Supporting Robotics at HIS o Middle school level activity o High school class and activity Botball Robotics - Competition aspects - Getting Started o Logistics and budget considerations
  1. Develop awareness of the potentials for robotics instruction and competition
  2. Relate the positive impact robotics has within the school curriculum and school community
  3. Foster participation of other AISA schools in robotics instruction and competition
Target Audience Administrators and Teachers
Conference Material Handouts will be provided during the session.

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