Nevada Higher Education Institutions Partner with Tesla on Robotics Academy For Teachers

unlv | April 16, 2019

Nevada Higher Education Institutions Partner with Tesla on Robotics Academy For Teachers
The Desert Research Institute (DRI), UNLV, and the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) are partnering with Tesla to help Nevada’s teachers go from curious to confident in coaching robotics programs.The Robotics Academy of Nevada – a new statewide professional development program funded by Tesla’s K-12 Education Investment Fund – will launch this summer, facilitated by DRI’s PreK-12 STEM education and outreach program, Science Alive, in partnership with the Colleges of Engineering at UNLV and UNR. The Academy is comprised of two weeklong teacher trainings to help 200 middle and high school teachers learn to coach robotics programs at their schools. Participating teachers will also receive mentor support throughout the year. UNLV’s academy is scheduled for May 28-June 1 and will be led by faculty and students from the Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering, College of Education, and Lee Business School.

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Robots and Pencils has been active in the EDU space with Salesforce since 2014, most notably with the launch of the TEx app for the University of Texas, version one of which launched in 2015. We continue to find new and innovative ways to leverage the power of Salesforce for EDU. According to BI Intelligence, Facebook Messenger was the #1 downloaded app of 2016, and 80% of teenagers are using it as their first or second means of communication. Using a Facebook Messenger chatbot that is connected to Service Cloud and Advisor Link, we engage students by facilitating document submission, advisor appointments, and student check-ins to maximize student persistence and success. Repetitive tasks are offloaded from university staff to the bot, empowering staff to focus on one-to-one student advising.

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