Washington teachers, tech leaders show off in London

Jan 24, 2018, 3:12 PM | Updated: 5:29 pm
(Courtesy of BETT)
(Courtesy of BETT)

Just like CES focuses on consumer electronics, there’s a trade show in London starting Wednesday that is all about education electronics. Washington’s teachers and tech leaders are among the featured innovators at BETT.

BETT runs through Saturday. One of the headliners is Washington’s Microsoft, which is announcing a whole new version of Minecraft set to drop next month. It’s specifically designed to teach kids about chemistry.

RELATED: Why technology workers save more in Seattle

“Teachers love this because it forces students to create all the way from elements, all the way to the items. And the only way for them to get these items is for students to engage with the science,” says Neal Manegold with the Minecraft Education Team.

In his example, Manegold starts with basic protons and electrons. He uses these to create elements, like hydrogen, which he then uses to create chemical compounds. Those compounds then allow him to create an “ice bomb,” an item needed to move ahead in the game.

Caylee Daniel is a math teacher at Renton High School. She’s at BETT to demonstrate how she is using integrated LEGO technology to teach her students how math is used in the real world to create things like transportation systems.

“You start with Pythagorean Theorem … We use that information and that knowledge with the students to be able to calculate the estimated road difference of each of the segments, knowing the leg lengths on the map,” Daniel explains.

Her project goes from a computer screen, to creating real maps and tools with LEGOs, then back to the screen where she can modify her creation in any number of ways.

RELATED: Has public opinion of the technology industry changed?

The best part of all of these new systems is that not only are they designed specifically with teachers and students in mind, but teachers are then able to create their own modules and lesson plans which they can share with each other. The possibilities for all of these programs is growing exponentially.

Ron and Don

KIRO Radio Newsdesk

Ron and Don’s last show on KIRO Radio

Last night was Ron and Don’s last show on KIRO Radio.
3 years ago
Kelly Herzberg in her natural habitat. (Photo by Rachel Belle)...
Rachel Belle

In Seattle, a personal shopper and stylist who only shops at thrift stores

If you think you can't afford a personal stylist, head to the thrift store with Sweet Kelly Anne Styling's Kelly Herzberg who will pull hundreds of pieces for you to try on.
3 years ago
Viaduct waterfront...
Ron Upshaw

What do we do with the waterfront after the viaduct is gone?

After the viaduct is taken down, we'll be left with a choice: What do we do with one of the most beautiful waterfronts in the country?
3 years ago
Ron Upshaw

Shower Thoughts: Ichiro can give Mariners fans something to root for

Rumor has it that Ichiro might make a comeback next year, and I for one welcome it.
3 years ago
Border wall...
Ron Upshaw

Trying to figure out why people want Trump’s border wall

A little over 40 percent of Americans now support the idea of a border wall, but what is it about it that seems so attractive?
3 years ago
Dan McCartney, Pierce County Sheriff...
Don O'Neill

Why you could hear kids’ voices on Pierce County Sheriff radios Monday night

Sometimes, "gone but not forgotten" isn't always how slain officers are remembered. But in Pierce County, a special effort is being made to commemorate a fallen deputy.
3 years ago

Sponsored Articles


Medicare open enrollment for 2022 starts Oct. 15 and SHIBA can help!

Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner SPONSORED — Medicare’s Open Enrollment Period, also called the Annual Election Period, is Oct. 15 to Dec. 7. During this time, people enrolled in Medicare can: Switch from Original Medicare to a Medicare Advantage plan and vice versa. Join, drop or switch a Part D prescription drug plan, […]

How to Have a Stress-Free Real Estate Experience

The real estate industry has adapted and sellers are taking full advantage of new real estate models. One of which is Every Door Real Estate.
IQ Air

How Poor Air Quality Is Affecting Our Future Athletes

You cannot control your child’s breathing environment 100% of the time, but you can make a huge impact.
Swedish Health Services

Special Coverage: National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

There are a wide variety of treatment options available for men with prostate cancer. The most technologically advanced treatment option in the Northwest is Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy using the CyberKnife platform.
Marysville Police Department

Police Opportunities in a Growing, Supportive Washington Community

Marysville PD is looking for both lateral and entry level officers. Begin or continue your career in law enforcement for a growing, supportive community.

Small, Minority-Owned Businesses in King County and Pierce County Can Now Apply For $10,000 Relief Grants Through Comcast RISE

Businesses in King County and Pierce County can apply beginning on October 1, 2021, at for a chance to receive a $10,000 relief grant.
Washington teachers, tech leaders show off in London