Coding and Robotics in the K-8 Curriculum

Build your own underwater ROV!

[View a video of this project in the classroom here. View photos of this project here.]

Interested in bringing innovation and real-world learning to your curriculum? Learn how Shorecrest started an ROV (remotely operated vehicle) program to complement its eighth grade Middle School curriculum. Presenters will share integrated curricular projects, successes and challenges from implementing the program, as well as tips to get your own program started. Participants will be guided step-by-step through the building process and exposed to a series of challenges with their new ROV.  

Meet Your Instructors

Anna Baralt

Dr. Anna Baralt holds a Doctorate in Educational Technology from the University of Florida. She taught preschool and elementary students for 17 years before becoming Shorecrest’s Director of Educational Technology. In this role, she provides support in designing curriculum and technology integration and facilitates professional development school-wide. Anna was recognized as a Teacher of the Future by the National Association of Independent Schools in 2008 and a Superpower Educator in 2009. She is also a 2010 recipient of the FCIS (Florida Council of Independent Schools) DeWitt E. and Vera M. Hooker Fellowship Grant as well as a 2013 Benedict Foundation Grant. Anna is passionate about integrating technology into project work, 1:1 learning programs, fostering digital citizenship, STEAM education, and using technology to facilitate professional learning communities. She has presented at numerous local and national conferences and has been published in several peer-reviewed educational journals.

Anna is the mother of two, and she and her husband enjoy watching their kids play baseball and soccer. She loves Rays baseball and spends time reading and taking pictures in her free time. 

Kathryn Jeakle

Kathryn Jeakle holds a Bachelor Degree in Biology from Oakland University, a Masters Degree in Education from Framingham State College, and is a certified Florida Masters Naturalist through University of Florida IFAS.  She has 23 years of experience with teaching science to students from Kindergarten through 12th grade in three different countries. For the past 8 years she has taught 8th grade Marine Science at Shorecrest Preparatory School.  Her passion for innovation and hands-on experiences have led to her development of new programs for her students. With the help of various grants, she has created a Coastal Awareness Program and ROV program that is currently part of her curriculum.  

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