ERIC Number: EJ1003594
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Jul
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 59
The Effect of a Classroom-Based Intensive Robotics and Programming Workshop on Sequencing Ability in Early Childhood
Kazakoff, Elizabeth R.; Sullivan, Amanda; Bers, Marina U.
Early Childhood Education Journal, v41 n4 p245-255 Jul 2013
This paper examines the impact of programming robots on sequencing ability during a 1-week intensive robotics workshop at an early childhood STEM magnet school in the Harlem area of New York City. Children participated in computer programming activities using a developmentally appropriate tangible programming language CHERP, specifically designed to program a robot's behaviors. The study assessed 27 participants' sequencing skills before and after the programming and robotics curricular intervention using a picture-story sequencing task and compared those skills to a control group. Pre-test and post-test scores were compared using a paired sample "t" test. The group of children who participated in the 1-week robotics and programming workshop experienced significant increases in post-test compared to pre-test sequencing scores.
Descriptors: Children, Robotics, Programming Languages, Control Groups, Programming, Magnet Schools, Workshops, Scores, STEM Education, Early Childhood Education, Intervention, Pretests Posttests, Comparative Analysis, Information Technology
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
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Identifiers - Location: New York