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Sullivan, Amanda; Bers, Marina Umaschi – International Journal of Technology and Design Education, 2016
In recent years there has been an increasing focus on the missing "T" of technology and "E" of engineering in early childhood STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) curricula. Robotics offers a playful and tangible way for children to engage with both T and E concepts during their foundational early childhood…
Descriptors: Robotics, Programming, Programming Languages, Engineering
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Sullivan, Amanda; Bers, Marina Umaschi – Journal of Information Technology Education: Innovations in Practice, 2016
Prior work demonstrates the importance of introducing young children to programming and engineering content before gender stereotypes are fully developed and ingrained in later years. However, very little research on gender and early childhood technology interventions exist. This pilot study looks at N = 45 children in kindergarten through second…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Kindergarten, Grade 1, Grade 2
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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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Elkin, Mollie; Sullivan, Amanda; Bers, Marina Umaschi – Journal of Information Technology Education: Innovations in Practice, 2014
This paper explores how robotics can be used as a new educational tool in a Montessori early education classroom. It presents a case study of one early educator's experience of designing and implementing a robotics curriculum integrated with a social science unit in her mixed-age classroom. This teacher had no prior experience using robotics in…
Descriptors: Robotics, Montessori Method, Case Studies, Curriculum Development
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Burleson, Winslow S.; Harlow, Danielle B.; Nilsen, Katherine J.; Perlin, Ken; Freed, Natalie; Jensen, Camilla Nørgaard; Lahey, Byron; Lu, Patrick; Muldner, Kasia – IEEE Transactions on Learning Technologies, 2018
As computational thinking becomes increasingly important for children to learn, we must develop interfaces that leverage the ways that young children learn to provide opportunities for them to develop these skills. Active Learning Environments with Robotic Tangibles (ALERT) and Robopad, an analogous on-screen virtual spatial programming…
Descriptors: Robotics, Active Learning, Programming, Spatial Ability
Education Canada, 2009
At Glendale School in the Calgary Board of Education, Grade 1 students worried that they were too distracted with their studies and other activities to remember to water their plant. So they made other arrangements. The students invented and built Ralph, a robot that waters the plant, as part of their study of robotics, a subject that all Glendale…
Descriptors: Robotics, Grade 1, Learning Strategies, Inquiry
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Moseley, Ainsley; White, Stephanie; Knowles, Mike – Primary Science, 2017
As part of the celebration of Manchester being the European City of Science 2016, schools across the City were invited to take part in a Citizen-Engineering project, which set out a quest to make a recycled robot orchestra. It is a unique project, which is an experiment itself--to bring people together to create, collaborate and care for the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Robotics, Recycling, Musical Instruments
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Bartolini Bussi, Maria G.; Baccaglini-Frank, Anna – ZDM: The International Journal on Mathematics Education, 2015
In early years schooling it is becoming common to propose activities that involve moving along paths, or programming robots to do so. In order to promote continuity towards the introduction of geometry in primary school, we developed a long-term teaching experiment (with 15 sessions) carried out over 4 months in a first grade classroom in northern…
Descriptors: Geometry, Geometric Concepts, Elementary School Mathematics, Elementary School Students
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Taylor, Matthew S.; Vasquez, Eleazar; Donehower, Claire – Journal of Special Education Technology, 2017
Students of all ages and abilities must be given the opportunity to learn academic skills that can shape future opportunities and careers. Researchers in the mid-1970s and 1980s began teaching young students the processes of computer programming using basic coding skills and limited technology. As technology became more personalized and easily…
Descriptors: Programming, Down Syndrome, Elementary School Students, Case Studies
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Suescun-Florez, Eduardo; Iskander, Magued; Kapila, Vikram; Cain, Ryan – European Journal of Engineering Education, 2013
This paper reports on the results of several geotechnical engineering-related science activities conducted with elementary-school students. Activities presented include soil permeability, contact stress, soil stratigraphy, shallow and deep foundations, and erosion in rivers. The permeability activity employed the LEGO NXT platform for data…
Descriptors: Science Education, Engineering Education, Science Activities, Elementary School Science
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Kwon, D.-Y.; Kim, H.-S.; Shim, J.-K.; Lee, W.-G. – IEEE Transactions on Education, 2012
Tangible programming tools enable children to easily learn the programming process, previously considered to be difficult for them. While various tangible programming tools have been developed, there is still a lack of available tools to help students experience the general programming process. This study therefore developed a tool called…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Programming Languages, Computer Interfaces, Robotics