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Nemiro, Jill; Larriva, Cesar; Jawaharlal, Mariappan – Journal of Creative Behavior, 2017
The School Robotics Initiative (SRI), a problem-based robotics program for elementary school students, was developed with the objective of reaching students early on to instill an interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math disciplines. The purpose of this exploratory, observational study was to examine how the SRI fosters student…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Robotics, Creative Thinking, Grade 4
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Cho, Eunji; Lee, Kyunghwa; Cherniak, Shara; Jung, Sung Eun – Technology, Knowledge and Learning, 2017
Drawing on Latour's (Reassembling the social: an introduction to actor--network-theory, Oxford University Press, New York, 2005), this manuscript discusses a study of a robotics class in a public, Title I elementary school. Compared with theoretical frameworks (e.g., constructivism and constructionism) dominant in the field of early childhood…
Descriptors: Robotics, Man Machine Systems, Instructional Materials, Science Activities
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Majherová, Janka; Králík, Václav – European Journal of Contemporary Education, 2017
In the training of future informatics teachers the students obtain experience with different methods of programming. As well, the students become familiar with programming by using the robotic system Lego Mindstorms. However, the small number of Lego systems available is a limiting factor for the teaching process. Use of virtual robotic…
Descriptors: Programming, Teaching Methods, Instructional Innovation, Preservice Teachers
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Jaipal-Jamani, Kamini; Angeli, Charoula – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2017
The current impetus for increasing STEM in K-12 education calls for an examination of how preservice teachers are being prepared to teach STEM. This paper reports on a study that examined elementary preservice teachers' (n = 21) self-efficacy, understanding of science concepts, and computational thinking as they engaged with robotics in a science…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Preservice Teacher Education, Elementary School Teachers
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Sullivan, Amanda; Bers, Marina Umaschi – International Journal of Technology and Design Education, 2018
In recent years, Singapore has increased its national emphasis on technology and engineering in early childhood education. Their newest initiative, the Playmaker Programme, has focused on teaching robotics and coding in preschool settings. Robotics offers a playful and collaborative way for children to engage with foundational technology and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Robotics, Technological Literacy, STEM Education
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Witherspoon, Eben B.; Schunn, Christian D.; Higashi, Ross M.; Shoop, Robin – Journal of Computer Assisted Learning, 2018
Educational robotics programs offer an engaging opportunity to potentially teach core computer science concepts and practices in K-12 classrooms. Here, we test the effects of units with different programming content within a virtual robotics context on both learning gains and motivational changes in middle school (6th-8th grade) robotics…
Descriptors: Robotics, Computer Science Education, Programming, Units of Study
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Camilleri, Patrick – Informatics in Education, 2017
Notwithstanding the hype surrounding the enthusiasm and rush that characterises the employment of robotics in formal educational contexts, their use is described as nothing less than fragmented. In the circumstances that processes of adoption and application of digital tools are clearly outpacing their accommodation and enactment in formal…
Descriptors: Robotics, Elementary School Curriculum, Active Learning, Student Projects
Cheng, Pericles L. – ProQuest LLC, 2017
The Digital Agenda for Europe (2015) states that there will be 825,000 unfilled vacancies for Information and Communications Technology by 2020. This lack of IT professionals stems from the small number of students graduating in computer science. To retain more students in the field, teachers can use remote robotic experiments to explain difficult…
Descriptors: Intention, Robotics, High Schools, Secondary School Teachers
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Kaya, Erdogan; Newley, Anna; Deniz, Hasan; Yesilyurt, Ezgi; Newley, Patrick – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2017
Engineering has become an important subject in the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), which have raised engineering design to the same level as scientific inquiry when teaching science disciplines at all levels. Therefore, preservice elementary teachers (PSTs) need to know how to integrate the engineering design process (EDP) into their…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Robotics, Preservice Teachers, Elementary School Teachers
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Dolecheck, Suzann Hagan; Ewers, Timothy – Journal of Extension, 2017
In this article, we explain an organizational system for the new LEGO Education WeDo 2.0 Core Set used in 4-H robotics; in school enrichment, afterschool, and other youth robotics programs; and by hobbyists. The system presented is for organizing WeDo parts into a translucent parts tray that includes part names and numbers. The article provides…
Descriptors: Robotics, Youth Programs, Systems Building, Hands on Science
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Ashbrook, Peggy – Science and Children, 2017
This column discusses resources and science topics related to students in grades preK to 2. This month's issue discusses how digital media and robotics fit into the early childhood curriculum, and how time on devices supports learning goals and developmentally appropriate practice.
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Technology Uses in Education, Educational Technology, Technology Integration
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West, Jonathan; Vadiee, Nader; Sutherland, Emery; Kaye, Bradley; Baker, Kyle – Tribal College Journal of American Indian Higher Education, 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…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Robotics, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education
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Rios-Gutierrez, Fernando; Alba-Flores, Rocio – American Journal of Engineering Education, 2017
This work describes the educational experiences gained teaching the Senior Design I & II courses, a senior level, two-semester sequence in the Electrical Engineering (EE) program at Georgia Southern University (GSU). In particular, the authors present their experiences in using robotics as the main area to develop the capstone senior design,…
Descriptors: Robotics, Design, Educational Experience, Engineering Education
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Leonard, Jacqueline; Barnes-Johnson, Joy; Mitchell, Monica; Unertl, Adrienne; Stubbe, Christopher R.; Ingraham, Latanya – North American Chapter of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education, 2017
This research report presents the final year results of a three-year research project on computational thinking (CT). The project, funded by the National Science Foundation, involved training teachers in grades four through six to implement Scalable Game Design and LEGO® EV3 robotics during afterschool clubs. Thirty teachers and 531 students took…
Descriptors: Computation, Elementary School Teachers, Elementary School Students, STEM Education
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Phamduy, Paul; Leou, Mary; Milne, Catherine; Porfiri, Maurizio – IEEE Transactions on Education, 2017
Informal science learning aims to improve public understanding of STEM. Free-choice learners can be engaged in a wide range of experiences, ranging from watching entertaining educational videos to actively participating in hands-on projects. Efforts in informal science learning are often gauged by their ability to elicit interaction, to foster…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Robotics, Informal Education, Science Instruction
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