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ERIC Number: EJ1177920
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: N/A
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1052-5505
Making STEM Accessible and Effective through NASA Robotics Programs
West, Jonathan; Vadiee, Nader; Sutherland, Emery; Kaye, Bradley; Baker, Kyle
Tribal College Journal of American Indian Higher Education, v29 n4 Sum 2018
There is no question that Science, Math, Engineering, and Technology (STEM) education is critical to the future of our students and workforce. As technology advances, computer programming skills are becoming a necessity in almost all fields. However, teaching programming and other advanced technologies is very difficult, especially in underprivileged areas and specifically among Native American students (Executive Office of the President, 2014). Teachers in community colleges such as the Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute (SIPI) are often faced with the dilemma of only having a few short courses to teach these subjects, often to students with little STEM background. Additionally, teaching these subjects can be difficult due to the complex nature of the topic and the required technological resources required. Recognizing this problem, the faculty at SIPI and the NASA Minority University Research and Education Project (MUREP) formulated a plan to provide an engaging STEM educational experience at the community college level, as well as a program reaching down into the feeding middle and high schools in order to build the prerequisite foundation to better prepare the students before they enter college. This article describes a program that SIPI has developed, the Intelligent Cooperative Multi-Agent Robotic System (IC-MARS) program, which uses a unique NASA-inspired robotics facility to provide interactive educational experiences for college, middle, and high school students using robotics. A bibliography is provided.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Two Year Colleges
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Language: English
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