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ERIC Number: EJ1006898
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Mar
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 8
ISSN: ISSN-2158-0502
Robotics Intrigue Middle School Students and Build STEM Skills
Grubbs, Michael
Technology and Engineering Teacher, v72 n6 p12-16 Mar 2013
As science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education demands greater integration across all subject areas, technology teachers can showcase many of the cross-curricular projects already occurring inside their classrooms that intrigue students and build their STEM skills. Robotics, just one of those projects, has become an excellent example for technology education to demonstrate its ability to be a stand-alone subject area that is embedded with mathematics and science standards through interesting project-based STEM units. For this activity, students will play the role of an engineering company and will have to sell their robotics innovation and program to the local municipality. They will work in groups to construct a basic robot using wires, resistors, and other electrical components, combined with programming a robot to navigate around a city "autonomously" in order to clean streets. The more authentic and real-life the scenario, the more students will see the lesson as meaningful and relevant, especially among middle school students who typically have very little with which to connect robotics. (Contains 3 figures and 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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