Adam Nesbitt Robotics Day

Adam Nesbitt Robotics Day logoAdam Nesbitt was a Technology Education teacher (Tech Ed) at Gunston and, in his memory, we are working to introduce Robotics (one of his passions) to all students across the county. Each year in March, we host a day to showcase robotics activities for all ages, as well as a robotics competition for middle and high school students.

March 15, 2021 starting at 8:00 a.m.

We will celebrate “Robotics Day” on Monday, March 15 by hosting a few virtual live and pre-recorded sessions for our students and teachers. Please plan to join us Monday, March 15 at 8:00a.m. for our Kick-Off event with a live Bilingual STEM Scavenger Hunt . We have set-up the MS Teams live events to be public for easy access with Spanish and Arabic closed captioning.

Students: Learn more about our presenters and how to join our Robotics Day Sessions!  (requires APS login).   Flyer

***The 4:00p.m. session has been rescheduled for 3/22/2021 at 10:30a.m.***

*** The 5:00p.m. session has been rescheduled for 3/22/2021 at 5:00p.m.***


Bilingual (English & Spanish) STEM Scavenger Hunt with Wilfredo Padilla, Andrea Fitch, and Rosalita Santiago

Join us for a scavenger hunt! We will have fun searching for STEM around your house. || ¡Únase a nosotros para una busqueda!

PreK-12th Grade Students & Teachers

3/15/2021 || 15/03/2021



Green Screen Fun with Liz Colton

Possibilities are endless with Green Screens. Creative storytelling comes to life with just few steps you can be a meteorologist with your homemade green screen. Create your own stop motion videos with custom backgrounds using mini green screen stage. Make puppet shows come to life,  take your class projects to the next level. Take on the green screen #wormholechallenge

Suggested Materials: 3 solid green folders, clear tape, 1 can of green play-doh, optional 3 royal blue solid folders, small toy or LEGOS, and the iMovie application

K-12th Grade Students & Teachers




Materials Gone Wrong! with Stanford’s MRS 

(a student group of Graduate Students in the Materials Science and Engineering program)

It’s a bad day if your phone screen cracks, but its something else entirely if your airplane falls out of the sky! Learn about the science and engineering behind materials failures in history through exciting demonstrations and Q&A with Materials Science Students from Stanford University. Through exciting demonstrations, you’ll walk away with a greater appreciation for the diverse properties of materials that surround our everyday life and learn what it means to be a Materials Scientist.

6th-12th Grade Students & Teachers






The Future: State-of-the Art Technologies and Skills with Jordan Kivitz

How will 3D printing, artificial intelligence, rockets, robots, and self-driving cars change our world? We will explore this question and more by learning about state-of-the-art technologies and what skills are required to master them for college, career, and citizenship.

K-12th Grade Students & Teachers





“Get your Brick on” with Liz Colton

Come ready with a bag of LEGOS because this is a hands on workshop. You will need a minimum of 6 bricks, red, yellow, green, blue, white or ,light blue or whatever other color you have (duplo or regular size LEGOS) see what’s happening in classrooms virtually with just a few LEGOs you can add STEM to any classroom virtual or in person.

Suggested materials: You will need a minimum of 6 bricks, red, yellow, green, blue, white, light blue or whatever other color you have (duplo or regular size LEGOS).

K-12th Grade Students & Teachers




A circuitous path to a job in robotics with iRobot

Students will learn about the variety of careers and opportunities working in STEM and robotics.

High School Students & Teachers

Session rescheduled for 3/22/2021 at 10:30 a.m.




Session Cancelled


This session will introduce the Python programming language within the context of the VEX VR programming environment. Activities will focus on using introductory Python concepts to create programs that will allow a virtual robot to complete a collection of challenges.

6th-12th Grade Students & Teachers



Session rescheduled for 3/22/2021 at 5:00p.m.







Science from Scientist Engineering Session 

This lesson provides students a hands-on introduction to engineering within the context of space exploration. Join us and learn about NASA’s Mars rovers as examples of the challenges engineers face in balancing competing goals, while creating a lander for a mock rover to be tested in a plastic egg drop.

List of suggested materials: 

  • Egg (in sandwich bag to prevent mess)
  • extra sandwich bag
  • String
  • 4 cotton balls
  • Plastic/paper cup
  • Scrap paper
  • pen or pencil
  • Tape
  • balloon (optional)

3rd-5th Grade Students & Teachers



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We would like to thank all of the 2021 volunteers for making this yearly event possible:  LOTTA Tech, NOVA SySTEMic, iRobot Education, Science from Scientist, Jorge Valenzuela, Elizabeth Colton, and many APS staff members. For ways to get involved with this annual event in Arlington Public Schools, please contact the STEM Specialist: