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Montana teachers eligible for free online robotics course through MSU

August 20, 2009

Teachers enrolled in "Using Robotics in Lunar Exploration" can borrow a LEGO Mindstorm robotics kit for use in their classrooms. Photo courtesy of Montana FIRST.   High-Res Available

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A new free online course for Montana science and technology teachers offered by Montana State University focuses on the role that robotics play in NASA missions to the moon.

The six-week course, "Using Robotics in Lunar Exploration" (Physics 580), begins Oct. 5 and ends Nov. 13. Tuition for the course is free, covered by a grant to MSU Extended University from the Aerospace Education Foundation and NASA. Teachers who complete the course will earn one graduate credit from MSU.

Participants will be loaned a LEGO Mindstorms robotics kit and will learn how to use the kit to stimulate their students' interest in lunar exploration. A refundable deposit is required for the kit.

All participating teachers can interact personally with a NASA science educator and will have the opportunity to attend the Montana FIRST Robotics Regional Tournament to be held in February at MSU. Teachers who take the course and their classes can also participate in two interactive Webcasts with NASA educational specialists, MSU faculty and other course participants.

MSU professors Brock LaMeres and Hunter Lloyd will teach the course with assistance from Tony Leavitt of the Aerospace Education Foundation.

Applications are due Sept. 8 and are available to all Montana teachers who currently teach science or technology at the middle or high school level.

The course is offered through Extended University's National Teachers Enhancement Network (NTEN), a program that has offered online resources for K-12 science teachers since 1993.

A full course description and application materials are available at For information, contact Lisa Brown at (406) 994-3062 or

Lisa Brown at (406) 994-3062 or